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Composed by Rosanne Cash
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The part of Rosanne Cash's memoir I enjoyed the most was her account of her relationship with her father, Johhny. She writes very honestly about the difficulties in her life, both personal and professional, and those of her family members and very poetically about her joy in making music. I did find parts of the book confusing, especially at the end, as she skips in several chapters from an early time period in her life to one much later. Perhaps this is how memory actually works in all of us. Though she has had her struggles in her profession, she obviously is nurtured by her work: "Performing is energy exchange. Sometimes it's hard work, priming the pump, finding where the audience's connectors are, and sometimes I just have to get out of my own way so they can take me on a ride. The ephemeral nature of live performance is the part I love most--it's a monk's sand painting, carefully constructed, then wiped away in an instant."
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