Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Freebie: Rosanne Cash's "Composed"

Congratulations to Lauren Bufferd who won a copy of Mary Sharratt's Daughters of the Witching Hill, last week's Friday Freebie.

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 Venus
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
Oh 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.

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

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.

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