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What and Who Inspire Rosanne Cash

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Rosanne Cash is a Grammy Award–winning singer and songwriter, author, and daughter of Johnny Cash. She and Zainab had a chance to talk about family, fame, being a mother and artist, and creativity. In the course of their chat, Rosanne also shared some of the works of art that have inspired her most.

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Joan of Arc at The Met

Whenever I go to the Met, I find this painting and I just stand in front of her and go, "You are two things: You are delusional, which is inspiring, and you're a cautionary tale because you're delusional."

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Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Merlin I"

I'm drawn to those people who have stepped outside linear time and linear thought, and are ascending heaven on the "stairs of surprise," as Emerson said.

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All About Eve

A seemingly timid but secretly ruthless ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an aging Broadway star and her circle of theater friends.

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84 Charing Cross Road

True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.

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An Arundel Tomb

This poem by Philip Larkin describes centuries of people who have passed by a medieval couple buried in a church yard, holding hands. The last line sums up its powerful message perfectly: "What will survive of us is love."

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"Adagio for Strings, Op. 11" by Samuel Barber

If I need to cry, I go to Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings."

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"And I Fell Back Alone" by World Party

This is a song I listened to through my divorce several times a day.

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Ennio Morricone's Soundtrack to "The Mission"

Different songs fit different times in your life — different moods, different needs.

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"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones

If I need to just move some energy, I might go to "Gimme Shelter."

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"Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen

Bruce.