305 Gravel Roads and Triffids

I’m a bad human. I think most of us are but that’s a different post. No, I often mistake Lucinda Williams for Jacinda Barrett. Not because I think they look alike. I couldn’t identify Lucinda Williams if she was standing in front of me with a sign that says, “I’m Lucinda Williams.” I think it’s because I became aware of them around the same time and I knew who Jacinda Barrett was (most people my age might have seen her first on the London season of MTV’s The Real World).

Lucinda Williams is an American folk, blues, country singer/songwriter. Car Wheels on a Country Road (1998) is her fifth studio album. It won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. I’ve read that it’s been her best selling album. I listened to it while pulling what I can only imagine were baby triffids from an isolated section of my yard. I don’t know which I liked better pulling the weeds or the album. There were folksy depressing parts that made me feel kinda shitty for killing the triffids. There were parts that made me rip them from the ground with glee. There were parts that felt too much like country music and I wanted to move on to Jeff Buckley.

I think the biggest thing I got out of this is that I now know the difference between Lucinda Williams and Jacinda Barrett. Also, the triffids are gone, for now.

 Mercury, 1998

Mercury, 1998