September 23, 2017

Lucinda Williams’ latest a blessing for all, Press Democrat

Lucinda Williams has struck a nerve. The title track of her new album “Blessed,” has sparked a movement of people wanting to share why they feel blessed.

It all started with the cover art for the new disc. Williams’ husband and band manager, Tom Overby, thought it would be intriguing to ask people to write the word “Blessed” on a poster-size sheet of paper and stand for a photo with it.

Then something unexpected happened: the people asked to pose for the photos wanted to talk about why they feel blessed. So Williams hired a filmmaker to document their stories.

Some of those heartfelt, almost confessional, video accounts appear on Williams’ web site, www.lucindawilliams.com.

“It’s so moving — I was just in tears watching some of that stuff,” Williams said in an interview with the Press Democrat this month.

“Happiness is relative; joy is relative,” she said. “You might look at someone and say, ‘how could they feel blessed, they don’t have much money.’

“So the song starts, ‘we were blessed by the girl selling roses.’ It just kind of blossomed from there.”