for a long time johnny cash was the biggest moneymaker for columbia records
he even had a tv show on abc for like seven years.
but as time went on he became, lets say, less popular among the populace.
when you think of johnny cash, you dont really think of the 80s.
and someone was talking about how they saw him play this 300 seat joint and it wasnt even sold out
and he thought, that must be really depressing for a guy who used to sell out 10,000 seat arenas.
and trust me, i know im no johnny cash,
but this very blog used to get tens of thousands of unique visitors every day
and tons of comments on every single post.
so heres what i can tell you about popularity in regards to art.
i think i do better when i dont think theres an audience at all.
when im just writing to the void.
it’s great to shoot something out there and see it ring and come back,
but the buddhists talk about emptiness, not the sad omg im starving emptiness of your stomach
but the blank slate chalkboard where anything is possible.
the guy said that johnny cash probably didnt want to see every face of everyone in the crowd
well i dont know about you, but most of my favorite rock shows were ones where
the band was looking right at us
and we were looking right back.
hank sr. used to sing the saddest songs
staring right at one person
who wouldnt want that