When I’m 64

When I’m 64:

“I am what survives of me.” —Erik Erikson

Make me an Instrument of your peace, a prayer.

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

— St. Francis of Assisi

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Victoria Williams is one of my favorite musicians, hear her songs here; still rocking after first being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 15 years ago…

Victoria Williams‘ album, loose, is one of my favorite records of all time.  She is a very talented singer, guitarist and song writer.  The anonymous authors at Wikipedia describe her, thus:

Victoria Williams (born December 23, 1958 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American singer/songwriter and musician, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, although she has resided in Southern California throughout her musical career. She is noted for her descriptive songwriting talent, which she has used to immerse the listener of her songs into a vivid feeling of small-town, rural Southern upbringing and life. Her best-known songs include “Crazy Mary“, and “Century Plant“. Finding inspiration in nature, (“Weeds”, “Century Plant,” “Why Look at the Moon”), everyday objects (“Shoes,” “Frying Pan”) and the unseen, as in “Holy Spirit”. Wonder, delight and awe are the primary moods of her music….”

In 1993, Victoria was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and, despite all of her talent and success, found herself struggling to pay the mounting medical bills which treatment for her newly discovered condition required.  In response to Victoria’s need, many in the American musical community came together to raise money to help her and created what is now known as the Sweet Relief Fund, Wikipedia says the following about this event:

“In 1993, Williams’ life took a dramatic turn when she learned that she was suffering from multiple sclerosis. In 1993, an array of artists from different genres, including Pearl Jam, Lou Reed, Maria McKee, Soul Asylum, Lucinda Williams and others, joined together to record some of Williams’ songs for a tribute/benefit project called Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams. This led to the creation of the Sweet Relief Fund, a charity that aids professional musicians (of any stature) in need of health care. That year, Williams also released a new album herself, entitled Loose. Pearl Jam had covered her song “Crazy Mary” for Sweet Relief, however, Williams performed her own version of the song, and made a video that brought her closer to public notice and gained her more of a following after it ran on MTV and Vh1 in 1994, and is still played on both cable channels.”

…thankfully she has since continued create one incredible song after another.  To see how she’s doing these days, you may visit her Myspace page to which she occasionally posts new blog entries from her home near Joshua Tree National Park; or, visit her biggest fan site, here for new Victoria Williams news.

Here are a few of my favorite Victoria Williams  songs for you to enjoy:

‘Century Plant’ and ‘Crazy Mary,’ performed live at the House of Blues:

You are Loved: (performed live on Jay Leno)

Sunshine Country: