This week's giveaway is Rosanne Cash's new memoir Composed. I'm about halfway through the book right now and am really enjoying it. I usually avoid celebrity autobiographies like orchards of poison ivy, but Cash is bracingly honest and offers some surprising behind-the-scenes tales which add a new perspective to her songs.
If nothing else, Composed takes me back to my freshman college dorm room, circa 1982. If you had a time-travel camera, you could geo-locate me there in Laramie, Wyoming (White Hall, 11th Floor) and see me standing in the middle of the closet-sized room, singing into a ballpoint pen microphone:
We'll rendezvous on VenusOh yeah, I was a fanboy in the worst sense of the word. This was back in the cassette-tape era and it was pretty hard to skip over songs you didn't like. In this instance, it didn't make one hound-dog tick of a difference because (despite what Cash writes in Composed) all the tracks on her early albums Seven Year Ache and Somewhere in the Stars were perfect and I took them to heart as if they were written just for me--which, in my teen-movie-addled head, I actually thought they were. Rosanne Cash was just one of my Teen Dream Queens (Linda Ronstadt, Nicolette Larson, and Emmylou Harris were also in the club). Sadly for her--but happily for me--she was dethroned one year later when I found Elizabeth Jean, the one true love of my life (and it wasn't "somewhere in the stars"). Yes, reader, I married her.
And dance on Saturn's rings
We'll drink a little moonlight
And ride the old man's wings
I do believe you love me
I wish with all my might
Somewhere in the stars
I'll be meeting you tonight
But enough of my post-adolescent confessions. You're asking: "How can I get me some of that country-western tell-all goodness?" All you have to do is answer this ridiculously-easy question (hey, I know you're busy and don't have time to waste with a bunch of Googling):
What is the name of Rosanne Cash's father?
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
One entry per person, please. In order to give everyone a fair shake in the contest, please e-mail the answer, rather than posting it in the comments section. The contest closes at midnight on Aug. 26, at which time I will place all the correct respondents in a hat and draw the winning name. I'll announce the winner on Aug. 27.