It’s Lucinda Williams’ 62d birthday, the first she’s spent without her father, the poet Miller Williams, who died on New Year’s Day.

Regular readers know how much I adore Lucinda. I’ve only seen her live twice. Once was at the Fillmore in 2006. And the second time was in 2012 at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur (a rather astounding outside venue in the redwoods), where the following performance of one of my favorite songs of hers, “Joy,” was recorded, with Doug Pettibone on guitar. I’m definitely one of the people you hear cheering and whooping.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.