When we were at the Northwest Women's Music Celebration last weekend, Mom and I went to a class on "Americana" music taught by a talented young woman named Coty Hogue...who is studying for a master's in Appalachian music in North Carolina. She introduced us to a sampling of "Americana" music, much of which I'd never heard before. This was one of the songs we sang--and it has stuck with me ever since last weekend. I can't get the tune out of my head.
It's a song that Emmylou Harris wrote for Johnny and June Carter Cash, when she heard that June Carter Cash had fallen ill. It's poignant, simple, and beautiful. Here's Emmylou singing it in concert.