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Rosanne Cash, the daughter of Johnny Cash, is not a country and western singer in the tradition of her famous father. She's American music's theoretical physicist of love. (Deborah Feingold)

Rosanne Cash and the Many Meanings of Love

One of the most gifted singer-songwriters of our time talks love, science and the deep space between men and women

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She laughs. “I know, I know, the first time you heard it and it came to that line and you realized what happened—my God!”

“But why are we attracted to ‘morbid joy’?” I ask.

“Because if it doesn’t get expressed in art and culture, then you get depressed. It has to be expressed; it’s an essential part of our nature.”

“George Jones is better than a pill?”

She laughs. “Yeah. This is why we don’t go crazy. Because we can put it out there.”

“September When It Comes” written by Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal. Rosanne Cash published by Chelcait Music (BMI), administered by Measurable Music LLC, A Notable Music Co. John Leventhal published by Lev-A-Tunes (ASCAP)

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