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Roseanne Cash: Conservations with Myself

Magazine article Guitar Player

Roseanne Cash: Conservations with Myself

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My songwriting has been an ongoing dialogue I've had with myself for the past 20 years,', says Roseanne Cash. "But my songs are not a journal, not a diary. That would diminish the process for me. Still, all artists start with their own life, even if they say they don't." * Walking a stylistic line along country, folk and rock, Cash views her path with a literary eye and relies on a heart that seeks out shaky ground. On her Capitol debut 10 Song Demo, she throws away the safety net of studio production to present her revelations in the startlingly raw setting of a bedroom demo tape, relying solely on the honesty of her message and her considerable vocal powers.

In her Iyrics Cash works both sides of the street, the tough and the tender, taking a stand on the struggles of women. Ironically she often casts herself as a vessel of frailty. "It's a woman's job to take it," she says. "But at the same time I'm lucky, really It's part of my gift to take it in. I am very curious about the inner dynamics of and the differences between men and women. I've nurtured the gift I have for language, so songwriting is how I express it. And at age 41 I feel like I'm finally getting to some level of mastery about it."

The daughter of Johnny Cash, Roseanne uses guitar to open the door of her mind and to link past and present. …

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