One of the wonderful stories Rosanne Cash shares in this week's show is about an intimate moment with her father before his appearance at Carnegie Hall in 1994. Johnny Cash Poster from Carnegie Hall PerformanceThis performance marked the revival of his recording career with the release of his album American Recordings. An important moment to be sure.

In the rehearsal room at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, Rosanne Cash tells Krista Tippett a story about rejecting her father's repeated pleas for her to sing "I Still Miss Someone" with him on stage. Just as he turns to leave, she sees the flat of his back "bathed in light" and relents.

As we were producing this segment, all the producers at On Being longed to hear the actual performance. What did they sound like together? How did Johnny Cash introduce his daughter? How did the crowd respond?

Well, we looked around for a copy, any copy of this special moment — but came up empty. That is, until we found a bootleg copy. The quality is far from stellar but it does answer these questions. The way this legendary country music performer and father calls his daughter onto the stage is warm and endearing. The music they make together is worth hearing. And, in some ways, the feel from the seats of Carnegie Hall adds to the pleasure.

Listen in and tell us about the experience from unfettered ears.

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my husband said the words we often repeat like a mantra, "I wonder how
Katy is today?" Usually, I would pick up the phone and call, or not,
waiting for her to call me, not wanting to disturb what might be a
fitful nap or a sweet time with her husband or one of the young women or
little ones in her house. But this time, I said, "Why don't you call
her?" He picked up the phone right away. It touched her, as I knew it
would. Too often in recent years, I have been the channel through which
they speak in echoes to each other. My conflicted relationship with a
loving but raging father hovers in my voice when I speak to any man,
even my husband, after all these years, and I feel the hurts I've seen
repeated with my daughter and her father. I am older now than my daddy
was when he died. More than ever, as I talk with my daughter, my
granddaughters, my nieces, I wish he could have known them, wish he'd
had that chance to tease and gaze in pride, as I know he would have
done, freed from the responsibilities of fatherhood that weighed down
his shoulders. An intense, fragile relationship exists between fathers
and their grown daughters--feels like teetering on the edge of a
dangerous cliff sometimes--as they become grandfathers and we move into
motherhood, protecting even as we still long for the love and protection
they gave--or failed to give--in our childhoods. Johnny Cash's daughter
captures that feeling in a phrase: "I was struck by his back." The
vulnerable sight of a father's back as he moves into his work. . . .

Thank you for sharing, Joyce. I understand, am moved, and appreciate your words...

I was deeply touched by this particular entry. It is real and it is is authentic and it speaks to the heart and soul of what it is to miss someone.  The light on the back of her father left an
impression on me about my own father and others I have known who have left Earth after leaving the music of their lives behind them.

I think of my own father, Gordon Short when I hear this. He was a quiet man who had bursts of humor and laughter, and year after year after decade was always there for his family. My Dad wasn't perfect anymore than Johnny was, bu they both inspired me in many ways not despite of, but because of their humanity.

Rosanne was wise to respond to that moment of awareness when all the stuff that gets in the way of loving somehow falls away in a moment of clarity. Beyond all the mistakes we make with each other there exists the truth, that we are connected on a higher level and saying yes to the love between us is the path. It sets us free. So enjoyed listening to theirvduet. I love her music and of courae, her Dad was phenomenal. Deeply appreciate them both.


Thanks for sharing this bootleg. Rosanne shares such unique perspective of her Dad. She is so generous with her memories.
"The look of his back" very powerful to look at someone as they turn away from you and one is left to with the contemplation of what transpired prior to that turning away.