Rosanne Cash: ‘The River and the Thread’ Oct. 2, 2014–Royce Hall

Our unsigned editorial from the evening’s program notes. 

“Our longing makes us human, and makes us reach. That’s good.”—Rosanne Cash

Here at the Center, we overwhelmingly agree with that sentiment. In fact, it’s a fairly apt encapsulation of what drives us, what motivates us and what attracts us to artists, performers, writers—creators and makers of all kinds.

We talk often about the power and potential that comes from leaning forward—toward one another, toward ideas, into new landscapes of thought and emotion.

Rosanne Cash has made a career out of leaning forward. Her songwriting is poetic in impulse and wide-ranging in scope. She’s mapped stories of mourning and loss, of legacy and hope and now, in her latest album, a map of people and places from the American south, which provided inspiration for The River and the Thread.

You’ll read more about the fascinating journey that entailed the creation of this lush and immersive album in the program notes that follow. Tonight, you’ll hear the stories for yourself, brought to vivid and poignant life here in this moment by a performer of exceptional range and exceptional depth.

Inside each of us is a map of experience, of memory, longing, expectation, dreams and desires. For most of us that map of our lives is accentuated by a personal soundtrack. Music is rife with the ability to unveil memories, weaving the stories of our own lives and lives of others through our experiences– much like a river weaves itself through a landscape or a thread weaves through the warp and weft of a tapestry.

How fortunate we are to be in the presence of an artist who understands this so well, who inhabits her music so thoroughly and shares with us so generously.

Welcome Rosanne. We’re ready to take this journey with you.