I love, LOVE this scene from Walk The Line, the Johnny Cash biopic. Joaquin Phoenix and Dallas Roberts absolutely crush it. Definitely give it a view.
Below is a modified transcript of the advice that Sam Phillips, the famous record producer (played by Dallas Roberts), gives to Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix).
“…Let’s bring it home. If you was hit by a truck and you were lying out in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing one song, one song, people would remember before your dirt, one song that would let God know what you felt about your time here on earth, one song that would sum you up, you telling me that’s the song you’d sing?…Or would you sing something different? Something real, something you felt? Because I’m telling you right now, that’s the kind of song people want to hear. That’s the kind of song that truly saves people. It ain’t got nothing to do with believing in God, Mr. Cash. It has to do with believing in yourself.”
We all have one song, one play, one book, one film, one painting, one…something, inside of us. Something unique to our feelings, our experiences, our tastes, our desires. Who we are at our core.
Let it out! We want to hear it. We need to hear it. Right now. Go.