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The Ring of Fire


A bit of a change of pace.  This is a 30 second exposure, we set some steel wool on fire at the end of a chain and gave it a spin. If you care to attempt this, be very careful as the steel wool burns without flame and will catch things on fire! Now a bit about the inspiration…

“Ring of Fire” or “The Ring of Fire” is a country music song popularized by Johnny Cash and co-written by June Carter Cash (wife of Johnny Cash) .

Although “Ring of Fire” sounds somewhat ominous, the term refers to falling in love – which is what June C was experiencing with Johnny Cash at the time. Some sources claim that June had seen the phrase, “Love is like a burning ring of fire,” underlined in one of her uncle A.P Carter’s Elizabethan books of poetry. She worked with Kilgore on writing a song inspired by this phrase as she had seen her uncle do in the past. In the 2005  film Walk the Line, June is depicted as writing the song while agonizing over her feelings for Cash despite his drug addiction as she was driving home one evening. She had written: “There is no way to be in that kind of hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns”.

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2 responses

  1. This is wicked, wicked cool. Thanks for the tip on how steel wool burns. Never would have even thought of doing anything like this.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

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