Justin Cash sees a beautiful, beautiful world. He‚Äôs determined to focus on the positive things ‚ÄĒ in his life and in his music.
Seventeen years ago, Cash‚Äôs father took him to a local store in Denver for guitar lessons. It was at this store, Acoustic Music Revival, that he later discovered two of his greatest loves ‚ÄĒ his future wife, Annie, and his future career, music.
‚ÄúImagine an old-world, creaky wood-floored instrument shop, complete with beret-wearing musicians jamming blues and folk songs," Cash said. "Mix in the smell of old cedar, and you‚Äôre there."
Cash was teaching guitar lessons at the Acoustic Music Revival store when he was home from BYU one summer. His future wife showed up and wanted to learn the blues.
‚ÄúHow often does a beautiful returned missionary girl show up with her guitar and ask for lessons?" Cash said. "That‚Äôs one of those no-way-it-was-a-coincidence moments in my life."
Another defining moment in Cash‚Äôs life was his two-year Mormon mission to Spain. Although he didn‚Äôt play music much, he was surrounded by lots of guitars and Flamenco music.
‚ÄúFlamenco is Spain‚Äôs hybrid of Spanish classical music with what they call ‚Äėduende‚Äô ‚ÄĒ what we would equate to soul or blues," Cash said. "So I was exposed to a very technically demanding type of music with a great deal of soul and feeling, and I try to do the same with my music.‚ÄĚ
From his guitar lessons and exposure to just about every genre of music, Cash has mastered multiple styles. You name it ‚ÄĒ from the blues to rock to country to jazz. He‚Äôs made a name for himself in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a versatile, well-rounded musician.
‚ÄúFor the last 10 years, I‚Äôve been a working musician four to five nights a week playing whatever kind of music would pay the bills on a given night, from Texas blues to jazz, classic rock and Bach at weddings,‚ÄĚ Cash said. ‚ÄúAlong the way, I (have) discovered my own talent for songwriting and my original music started getting attention.‚ÄĚ
Cash then decided it was time to invest in a quality recording of his own music. He self-funded and self-produced his debut album, ‚ÄúBeautiful World."
Each song on his new album is full of positive energy. It simply feels good.
From listening to his album and talking to him for a few minutes, I could tell Cash is the kind of person you love to be around because he sees things in a positive light.Comment on this story
I asked Cash how he‚Äôs trained his eyes to see the good.
‚ÄúI made a rule for myself to thank the Lord for every single gig, either after I sign the contract, or as I‚Äôm walking up to load in, I say a prayer and thank him for the opportunity," Cash said. "I realize that being able to support a family of five in the music business is a wonderful blessing.
‚ÄúWe obtain that which we focus on."
Cash keeps his eyes and his music focused on the good things ‚ÄĒ and that‚Äôs why he sees a beautiful, beautiful world.
For more information and to listen to Cash‚Äôs album, visit gojustincash.com.