Give My Love To Rose cover - and a sad story of my own

In my last cover, @jjw1 d @LBro correctly noted that I don’t have a lot of Johnny Cash covers in this forum (though I had many more in the old Justin Guitar community forum and also on my YouTube channel).

So I figured it’s time to get to work on fixing that :slight_smile: here is one of my favorite Cash classics!

On a more serious note, it was a rough week for me personally, as my 7 year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (on his birthday, no less). So my wife and I have been in and out of the hospital for the last several days and are now getting used to managing his condition at home. Insulin shots with every meal, testing blood sugar several times a day, the whole 9 yards. My son (Nash) is seriously the happiest, most positive person I know, so it’s just so hard for me to see him have to go through this. Many tears have been shed, although this is very much a manageable condition.

Music and guitar are absolutely therapeutic, and some how the act of practicing and recording this song took my mind off all this, even if just for a short while. I don’t think I recognized how much guitar can help emotionally when I first took up with Justin’s lessons back in 2014.

I hope everyone enjoys my cover, and please feel free to provide suggestions or comments.


So sorry to hear about your son’s diabetes diagnosis. One of my kids is the same age (even had her 7th birthday last week). I can imagine how cutting such news would be. I think there are some new continual glucose monitoring systems available to make the checking easier. I’m not sure how accessible they are where you live, hopefully that’s an option.

The guitar playing - great. Really well played, I enjoyed it.

Never easy to hear news that your child is ill. Take care that it is manageable although stressful. Positive vibes being sent for you and your family. :+1::+1::+1::+1::muscle::muscle::muscle::muscle:

Sending my very best thoughts and wishes to all of you :heart: :heart: :heart: :pray: :pray: :pray:

Hi Tosh, sad news, fortunately in the present day things are much better in terms of managing this disease and it will probably get better because research continues, good luck with processing and the adjustments, it will get better with time…

Well done Tosh, super stuff, another superb JC cover. You do them so well. Your low register voice is ace. Loved the boom chukka beat and the bass line picking.

Sorry to hear about your son’s diagnosis. Family love will get you all through this and medical research with insulin monitoring and delivery devices is improving all the time. That combined with Nash’s positive attitude will see him growing up with the condition having minimal impact on his life.

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Wish your son and family well as you adjust, Tosh.

As for the song, you always shoot the lights out when delivering a JC tune, and another fine rendition here.

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You always do Johnny Cash justice in your vids, we’ll played :clap: sending best wishes to you and your family :v:

Hi Tosh, I’m sorry to hear the news about your son, the shock must have been a sideways blow, hopefully now tempered a little by the fact it is manageable.

Good cover too! :slight_smile:

Hi Tosh, not the best thing to find out but at least it’s treatable and it’s been found out about early in his life!
Great cover as always; you gotta like some JC!

Hi Tosh,

my sympathy goes out to you and your family in dealing with this health challenge.

Thank you also for this wonderful rendition of this classic JC song, I like it very much for another reason, and have played and sung it, you can put tons of feeling in that song, like you did at this occasion. You have got the boom chucka down pat, and I really enjoy your bass runs played in the song, they really lift it up.

Very nice, Tosh. This was a great presentation. You are the one who does the best Johnny Cash!

Sorry to hear about your precious son’s diagnosis. And I truly agree that music, guitar; and in addition, songwriting can be greatly therapeutic.

Take care, and hope to see you again soon.

Man, I loved that.

Hi Tosh,

Sorry to hear about your son :frowning:

My (much) younger brother has type-1 diabetes as well, and was also diagnosed as a young child - so I know what a shock that will be for him as well as you, his parents. There will be lots of new things to learn and think about, but with time it will become more manageable. Lots of research going on in the medical world, and good options for treatment. It’s something he will always need to keep in mind, but it will not mean that he can never eat an ice cream again or will always have to have special food prepared. My brother can now eat and drink pretty much the same as the rest of us, as long as he adjusts his blood sugar correctly with his insulin.

If there is one single piece of advice that I would give though, then it would be to teach him early on to be open about his condition! For some strange reason my brother was embarrassed by it (although it happened from no fault of his) and would not tell friends, teachers and coworkers about it. Which led to much unnecessary concern for his parents, because without knowing his friend would of course not be aware of symptoms of a low sugar attack… something that will become very important once your son becomes a teenager and perhaps starts going to parties. As you surely know, it’s very dangerous to get low blood sugar if not treated… and quite easy to help with a bit of juice or a piece of candy. So insist that people around him knows!

But you’ll surely gets lots of information from the hospital, and good luck to you all!!

Hi Tosh sorry to hear about your son’s T1 diagnosis, my wife has it too and I know that it can be a challenge, but with good parenting he will live happily ever after! You mentioned shots - have you guys considered insulin pump for the kid? I am not sure if in US there is any way to get it partially funded by the state but in the UK it is fully funded by NHS and with latest model it manages diabetes automatically (with extra sensor needed) and all you would have to do is to remember to inject your boy with insulin before the meal. Basal rate is being adjusted automatically based on your son’s blood sugar level. If you ever need any word of advice give me a shout! I have a specialist in the home :smile:

As for the cover glad you came back to old JC classic with this one, smashing job as ever! And hey love the mug shot of the video! All the best Tosh to you and your family.

Important stuff first, Tosh: Really sorry to hear about Nash’s diagnosis. It’s a difficult time for everyone involved, but with a little help from above and around, he will adjust and lead as ‘normal’ a life as anyone else.
Regarding the song- Well, it’s all what they said :point_up_2: :point_up_2:
Nice recording, good balance vox-guitar, solid performance.
Vibes :smiley:

Nice to hear that Cash flowing from your lips! I don’t think I ever took this Cash offering in. So nice to hear you do it.

I think you said “A boy named Sue” is in the future? Hint, HINT!

I have been dealing with type 2 diabetes for more than a decade. My thoughts are with you folks and do keep in mind portion sizes and carbs. For me a Keto diet can nearly halt this disease, but it’s really a hard diet to stick to. It is all about management, so strap on the boots, learn all you can and things will get better.

All the best,

Sorry to hear the news about your son, Tosh. A big change in everyone’s lives but I hope you are all doing well. I agree with you on how therapeutic the guitar can be. It really does help you forget for a while the tough stuff that can be going on in in your life.

The song was excellent, really well sung and played, as always.

Nice to hear you channeling JC again Tosh!

Sorry to hear the news about your son, I hope you get everything sorted soon for helping him manage it.

Sorry to hear about your son. I hope he is OK. Sometimes getting the diagnosis is the hardest part. Great cover of a great song!!