In an attempt to get more participants involved in Thursday Inspiration, I am shaking up the rules a little bit. You will have five ways of responding to this challenge, either by using the prompt word which for this week is brighter, or by way of the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Man in Black’, or via the artist Johnny Cash, or by going with any song that was recorded in the year 1971, which is when this was recorded. The Country legend Johnny Cash always wore black clothes, and he wrote ‘Man In Black’ to help explain the reason why he did this. Johnny chose this bold fashion statement as was a way of drawing attention to what he considered to be important issues. The song contained a bundle of pent-up anger and frustration which Johnny released with venom. Johnny made a damning protest statement against the Vietnam war, he cried out against the treatment of poor people by wealthy politicians, the mass incarceration of thousands of people and so much more. In 1971, ‘Man in Black’ peaked at #3 on the Billboard country charts.
Cash wore a black T-shirt and jeans at his first performance at Galloway Methodist a Memphis church in 1954 because he wanted to look “smart,” and after that he continued to wear black in every performance thinking of it as his good luck charm. He said that he wore black because he liked it, and wearing black meant something to him. It became his symbol of rebellion, against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas. He once joked to Larry King, “You walk into my clothes closet, it’s dark in there.” Between 1963 and 2007, Cash was awarded 13 Grammy wins out of 35 total Grammy nominations.
Contact your inner muse, let your imagination run wild and create something that you are proud to share with the WordPress community. This week’s prompt is brighter and you are asked to link this word to the image above which has the phrase “hope for a brighter tomorrow”, or perhaps you can listen to the 1971 Johnny Cash song ‘Man In Black’ and be sparked to write something. You could write about something that is brilliant, dazzling, or glaring. If you want to reveal the secret of how your teeth remain brighter, that would work. You could write about how stars get brighter as the day gets darker. Maybe your brain gets brighter as you write, or possibly you think the world is becoming a brighter place, or maybe your future has become so much brighter, that you no longer need a flashlight to see where you are going. Let’s all have some fun with this prompt today.
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black