The Sound of My Childhood

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

The Sound of My Childhood

The other night I was scrolling through the cable TV guide and saw the move Walk the Line on a movie channel.  When the movie first came out of theaters I had seen it.  Being the daughter of an avid Johnny Cash fan, I felt it my duty to my deceased father.  He would have loved that movie.

I was happy to have joined the movie before it was half over, but well past the beginning depicting the childhood tragedy of Johnny losing his brother to a terrible table saw accident.  I'm perfectly content to have seen that once.  That was enough for me.

That movie, while a biography wrapped around a love story, holds the soundtrack of my childhood.  The Tenneesee Three strumming a rhythm guitar and that bass line, THAT is the sound of my childhood.  It brings back so many memories for me of my dad putting on his cowboy hat, picking up a guitar and playing his Johnny Cash albums.  

This afternoon, while driving to a listing appointment about thirty minutes away, I found the Johnny Cash tunes I had downloaded after first seeing Walk the Line.  I still know a lot of the lyrics to those songs my father would play on Friday and Saturday nights in our living room.  That unmistakeable Johnny Cash rhythm still brings me back to those childhood days.  Simpler times for sure.


Comments (16)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Chris Ann - the memories are interesting.  When they occur as well as why.  I enjoyed reading this story.  

Jun 05, 2021 03:55 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

Just a little something to share on this low key Saturday.

Jun 05, 2021 06:07 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You were fortunate that a glimpse of a movie gave you fond memories of childhood fun and your father

Jun 05, 2021 04:21 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

Yep.  I find it interesting as well that one of my favorite artists, The Bee Gees have an intersection with Johnny Cash.  Barry Gibb bought Johnny Cash's TN home and considered it a writer's retreat.

Jun 05, 2021 06:08 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Chris Ann Cleland ,

Isn't it amazing what jiggles our memory and so many incidents some rushing out! Love the Johny Cash songs sparked some good memories for you!!

Jun 05, 2021 04:46 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

I was so happy to never have to listen to Johnny Cash when that era ended with my father, but now I find these memories and his songs comforting.

Jun 05, 2021 06:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Chris Ann-it's interesting how certain songs or movies will transport us to a certain time in our lives or remind us of a certain person. I love that hat on your dad. 

Jun 05, 2021 06:01 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

That was taken when I was celebrating my 21st birthday with some friends over.  So embarrassing at the time.

Jun 05, 2021 06:10 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Chris Ann,  Thank you for sharing some of the sounds of your childhood.  I, too, have similar memories.  I did enjoy the movie I Walk the Line.

Jun 05, 2021 06:26 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

It's a good one.

Jun 06, 2021 08:36 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There are things I've heard about Johnny Cash that is so classically interesting

Jun 05, 2021 10:27 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Like your father, I love Johnny Cash tunes.  Living next to nearby Folsom, where Johnny visited the prison with inspired tunes, they have a Johnny Cash Trail and Memorial.  Here's a webpage devoted to it.

Jun 06, 2021 01:22 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

Thanks for sharing that Myrl Jeffcoat Live at Folsom Prison was one of my dad's favorite albums.

Jun 06, 2021 08:37 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Music is so powerful and has the ability to transport to a different point in time and evoke powerful emotions.  How wonderful to have those memories of you dad and his appreciation for Johnny Cash. 

Jun 06, 2021 07:01 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

It's funny, his love of Johnny Cash had my cousins describing him as an outlaw.  Funny how kids perceive things.

Jun 06, 2021 08:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Chris Ann,

What a lovely memory you share with us, and I ocasionally like hearing Johnny Cash.  The sounds of my childhood are varied from classical music to operatic arias...A

Jun 06, 2021 07:21 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

Classical is something you would hear in my home nowadays, but not in my family home.  Mom was a Frank Sinatra fan.  Often times they'd have nights where we'd go from Johnny Cash to Sinatra and it felt totally normal.

Jun 06, 2021 08:39 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

It is so interesting how music takes us back to specific times in life.  I have many of those too. 

Jun 06, 2021 07:59 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

It happens every day listening to the radio.  Music has a way of evoking a very specific feeling.

Jun 06, 2021 08:40 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Thank you for sharing.  Memories that can tug on the heart string.  Mark

Jun 06, 2021 09:55 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

I totally understand that. Music moves my heart to vivid memories from decades past

Jun 06, 2021 12:00 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

One day I will talk about my old music I'm back in my day, but that's for another time. It's fun to reminisce! :)

Jun 08, 2021 10:24 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Treasure your fond memories.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jun 09, 2021 03:42 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Love the memory of your Dad and Jonny Cash music Chris Ann!  I can envision your family sitting around and listening to your Dad singing and stumming.  Lovely memory!

Jun 11, 2021 03:20 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I always think about memories with my loved ones now that I'm a bit older and all of your memories are warming my heart

Jun 11, 2021 09:49 PM