LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Lucinda Rocks My World

My close friends and husband know that the musician Lucinda Williams rocks my world. Has since I first listened to her decades ago.

I have all of her recordings, and I’m currently listening to “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” in my car.

She is the daughter of the late poet Miller Williams and a fierce songwriter. I’ve been fortunate enough to see her in concert three times, once with my three best friends on an epic trip to Boulder, Colo,, for my 50th birthday. Lucinda is in my age bracket and I find her work authentic and inspiring.

My friend, Watson, will rub in that. When he was attending college, Miller Williams gave a campus reading. I’m completely envious.

My husband loves the music of Neil Young (actually, so do I) and has dozens of his recordings, so our shelf with the “Ys” and the “Ws” is pretty darned full.

Here is a good video of Lucinda performing “Compassion” and another of “Cold Day in Hell.”

When life is throwing me curve balls, I often pull out Lucinda’s CDs and fortify myself. If I had to choose my favorite song of hers, it’d be “West,” probably because I’m so deeply a westerner.

When she performed in Bismarck at the Belle, I requested the song via her social media. It wasn’t on her set list from previous concerts, but Eureka, she sang it! Bonus was that I got to take my daughter to that concert so she could see for herself why her mama reveres Lucinda.

Keep up the good work, lady.

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Lillian Crook

A retired librarian, Lillian Crook is an Army child but completed her junior high and high school education while living in North Dakota’s Slope County, where her parents retired to her mother's family farm and ranch. She completed a bachelor's degree in English from Dickinson (N.D.) State University and a master’s of library science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and was an academic librarian at DSU for 26 years. She later worked for Theodore Roosevelt National Park as a museum technician and volunteered for TRNP in many capacities. She is married to Jim Fuglie, is an avid reader, gardener and birder and enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, photography and writing, is the mother of twin daughters and loves yoga. She and Jim run Red Oak House Books and Publishers from their home. Lillian is the founder of Badlands Conservation Alliance, a grass-roots voice for wild places in western North Dakota. Bullion Butte is the center of her universe, and she is happiest when floating the Little Missouri River. Her blog, WildDakotaWoman.blogspot.com, consists of random thoughts on wild places and musings on life in Red Oak House of Bismarck. She can also be followed on Twitter @WildDakotaWoman. She takes heart from one of her favorite writers, Terry Tempest Williams, who wrote, "If you know wilderness like you know love, you would be unwilling to let it go. We are talking about the body of the beloved, not real estate."

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