Have compassion: A Lucida Williams playlist (Friday Gold #2)

This week I had the pleasure of seeing Lucinda Williams in concert.

Lucinda is a masterful songwriter, telling stories that are deeply personal and weaving in details that help the listener live the song along with her.

Sittin’ in the kitchen, a house in Macon
Loretta’s singing on the radio
Smell of coffee, eggs and bacon
Car wheels on a gravel road.

At the show the other night Lucinda apologized for the fact that “even the upbeat numbers feel forlorn.” She’s not wrong, there is a sadness and a longing that runs through each of her songs. But I think that’s one of the things that makes them great, not something to apologize for.

In concert, Lucinda and her band change up the setlist each night—something I appreciate as a listener even if I only go to one show on the tour. Each night is unique, not just the same show in a different town. During a concert you’ll often notice her whispering a song change to the band, altering the flow of the evening on the fly. This approach brings an element of surprise and delight to each show, for both the audience and the band.

If you haven’t had a chance to see Lucinda, get a ticket next time she comes near you. In the meantime, here are 10 songs that will make your Friday even better than it already is.

1. Protection

2. Fruits of My Labor

3. 2 Kool 2 Be 4-gotten 

4. Compassion 

5. Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

6. Something About What Happens When We Talk

7. Blessed

8. Get Right With God

9. Can’t Close the Door On Love

10. Everything But The Truth

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