Lucinda Williams played the Vogue last night and I went with an old friend and two of the three kids. Unfortunately the third, who’s actually the first or eldest, couldn’t make the show on account of her holiday in Vancouver ending.
Jordan would have liked the show, although I don’t think she’s very country inclined. But she’s a feminist and so is Lucinda, who’s not really country anyhow, no matter what the Grammy’s think.
Williams sings about love and sex and passion from a woman’s point of view. And she sings hard – no skipping over the bad parts.
My favourite Lucinda Williams song – there are a lot to choose from – is “Side of the Road”. It’s a song that only a woman could have written: “if only for a minute or two, I wanna see what it feels like to be without you…”
Could a man have written that line? Not a chance. And for that reason I kind of think the song should be mandatory listening for all men.
Side of the Road is from her self titled third album, the first with any commercial buzz. True to form the record label went belly up the week the album was released and it sold about a 100 copies… maybe a few more. But one of those copies was sold to me.
Like a few other records – Exile on Main Street, Blonde on Blonde, etc… – I wore it out not once but twice. It’s that good. Here’s a performance from 1989: