Johnny Cash's easy list

Johnny Cash, country music legend, wrote a to-do list. Let's look at it.

Johnny Cash's easy list

Johnny Cash is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, and a key figure in country music. I hardly ever listened to his music, except for “Walk the Line”, which was the title for the biographical movie [1].

Judging by the list first in the book “Lists to Note”. [2], he also liked to make some jokes. At least that's how I, a regular user of to-do lists, can understand him.

What is the first and only joke that usually comes from people who don't organize their day with a list? That's right, do we have “open eyes” and “wake up” among the things to do for the day? Here's Johnny Cash's list looks roughly like that joke. Although one can't help but give him credit for being romantic and striving for ideals.

So, the list:

  1. Not Smoke *
  2. Kiss June **
  3. Not Kiss anyone else
  4. Cough
  5. Pee
  6. Eat
  7. Not eat too much
  8. Worry***
  9. Go See Mama
  10. Practice Piano

A few years ago, according to Burgin Mathews' blog, this to-do list was sold at auction for $6,400 **** [3]. I got the illustration of the list itself from there:

Johnny Cash list

What can we say about it? Judging by the lack of checkmarks in the Done column, it was not accomplished too thoroughly.

* I doubt the workability of such a clause in an extraordinary way. If it were necessary, I would look in the direction of a significant impediment to smoking.
** Johnny and June were married from 1968 to 2003, when they died a few months apart.
*** Oh, I'm worried about forgetting this paragraph.
**** And it started with an estimate of $300 to $500 [4].

List of links:
[1] “Walk the Line” from Wikipedia
[2] Shaun Usher “Lists of Note: An Eclectic Collection Deserving of a Wider Audience”, ISBN 978-1452144573
[3] “Kiss June”: Johnny Cash’s To-Do List from Burgin Mathews
[4] Lot #961 Johnny Cash "to do" list from Julien’s Auctions