When I saw the movie, this scene hit me right between the eyes.
"There is a scene in 'Walk the Line'...that has given me permission to think differently about art, music and the Gospel. After listening to Johnny Cash sing a gospel standard, Sam Phillips sets the tone for Cash. 'If you were about to die, lying the gutter and you had one song to sing, one chance to tell God and man what you thought about being on this earth and being alive...Is that the song you would sing?' Is that the way you would communicate the story of humanity, the way you would describe the world? To Sam Phillips, Cash's trite old gospel song was not believable. That same gospel song is still not believable."
- Dan Haseltine in Relevant Magazine (Issue 19 - March/April 2006)