30 A SONG YOU CANNOT LISTEN TO FOR AN EMOTIONAL REASON

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My grandpa and I used to listen to Johnny Cash in the car together (he and my grandma helped raise me, so we spent a LOT of time together). When I was very little I thought Grandpa was Johnny Cash, as his name was Johnny also and he had a gravelly bass-baritone and a thick twang. No matter what, when I Walk the Line came on, he’d hold out his hand for me to hold and he’d sing. I didn’t know until I was much older that none of my family had ever heard him sing. He died two years ago, and I still can’t hear I Walk the Line without bawling my eyes out.

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