While Victoria Williams' songs were well represented by other artists' interpretations on 1993's "Sweet Relief" benefit/tribute album, the childlike-wonder of her vocal approach was not. After largely recovering from multiple sclerosis, she released 1994's "Loose" before retreating to the desert with husband and ex-Jayhawk Mark Olsen to help record his Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers project.
For her own "Musings of a Creekdipper," Williams (backed by Olson, Giant Sand's Joey Burns and John Covertino, and former Prince proteges Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman) gives full exposure to the characters and concerns of her inner world in her own unique style. She ascends to a "Periwinkle Sky" on swelling piano stairs before grounding herself with "Rainmaker" and expressing concern for the future of solar power in the nostalgic "Train Song." Williams is at her cerebral best on the wedding song "Let It Be So" and a moving tribute to her "Grandpa in the Cornpatch."
If Williams hasn't left the pain of MS behind in a physical sense, musically she has transcended the tragic reality.
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