Rosanne Cash is daughter of music icon Johnny Cash. She has produced on her own 11 number-one singles. Had a Grammy award. And became a brandname with two Gold albums. She's no slouch as a published writer either. Her essays have been in THE NEW YORK TIMES, ROLLING STONE, and NEW YORK MAGAZINE. In 2010, she put out there the book "Composed: A Memoir."
Yet, as she told us today at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut, she has had her share of self-doubt, resentments, dry patches both for creativity and external success, and public upheavals such as a divorce. Her vulnerability was palpable. Her ways of getting through include her music and the simple process of aging. In her late 50s, she is not the artist or human being who she was in her early 20s and rejoices at that.
The Festival has been putting New Haven on the map for culture. It is also good for the New Haven economy. Visitors to the Festival rent hotel rooms, eat meals out, buy clothes at Ann Taylor, and support paid events such as the musical "Stuck Elevator." They might return on a regular basis to New Haven versus the ordeal of going into Manhattan.