R. S. Williams

All I want is to get the words right.

Art Is Where You Find It #3

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Acrylic, latex, oil, ink, watercolor, and string on enameled concrete
Drawing studio, LaGrange College Department of Art

LaGrange, Georgia – 1 July 2014

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Back to the Soul: Because great music matters

Each semester, my students take on the challenge of writing a critique essay. “Believe it or not,” I tell them, “you already know how to critique. You listen to music. You know your standards for what makes a good album and what makes an awful one. That’s the beginning of a meaningful critique.” Let me reassure you: Today’s first-year college students know quality music. Their All-Time Best Album lists always impress me.

What gives me the most hope, though, is how much they appreciate independent artists’ work. As a former student explains, “Excellent music isn’t dead. You just have to know where to find it. Some of the best stuff out right now is from artists staying true to themselves, artists raising money to make records on their own terms.”

And that’s exactly what my friend Grayson Hugh is doing.

When I first heard his music back in the late ‘80s (“Talk It Over” and “Bring It All Back,” in particular), I called it “blue-eyed soul.” Since then, Grayson’s work has combined many different influences: country, blues, folk, funk, jazz, gospel. Most compelling, though, are his lyrics. “North Ohio,” from his 2010 album An American Record, breaks my heart. The rest of the album glues it back together.

For his upcoming album, Back to the Soul, Grayson returns to his R&B-soul-funk roots—and, with our help, it’s going to be one amazing record. We all long for thoughtful, heartfelt, original music. Now we have a chance to make it happen.

To read more, to share, or to contribute, click here. There are great perks available at every level.

If you care about heartfelt, meaningful, original music—and the people who create it!—I hope you’ll join Grayson on the fascinating journey of creating a new, original album.

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Wednesday Photo: 11/26/14

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“Bank Building Façade #1″
Meansville, Georgia – 6 November 2014

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Hillside Monday: 11/24/14

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“Hopscotch, Jefferson Street”
LaGrange, Georgia – 24 October 2014

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Golden Leaves and Sky

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University of West Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia – 11 November 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 11/19/14

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“Bank Building Mural, Late Afternoon”
Meansville, Georgia – 6 November 2014

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Hillside Monday: 11/17/14

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“Last of the Old Guard”
LaGrange, Georgia – 24 October 2014

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Furry. Fierce. Orange.

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Denver, Colorado – 2 August 2014

 

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Blue Fountain

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University of West Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia – 3 November 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 11/12/14

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“Famous Last Words”
LaGrange, Georgia – 24 October 2014

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Hillside Monday: 11/10/14

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“Restored Mural, Doc Spier’s Place”
LaGrange, Georgia – 24 October 2014

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For a few weeks, I’ve been trying to write up a birthday post, something full of wisdom and grace. I’m even more thankful and grateful this birthday than I was for 40; so I should have some extra-profound thoughts to share. Makes sense, right?

Of course, we all know how “should” works out (read: never as we expect). So much has changed for me over the last year. I’m still thinking through so much that I’m not yet ready to share.

But I did manage to come up with a few things occurring to me around my 41st birthday—or, rather, epiphanies that arrived only when I finally got out of my own way. They’ll have to do for now.

I don’t want my life to be perfect. It’s perfect in its imperfection.

I will never have it all figured out. I will never have it all together. And, strangely, this is fine. As soon as I figure it all out, I’ll either be 1) dead, or 2) full of shit.

Or 3) it’ll all change. As soon as I think I know what I’m doing—as soon as I think I know what to expect—everything changes. And, as I have seen again and again, it’s supposed to be that way. I can’t learn what I’m here to learn with a comfortable, lazy mind.

Somehow, miraculously, I have completed 41 years on this planet. Now, starting my fifth decade, I realize that on average, I have anywhere from 15 to 50 years left if I’m going to help anyone or leave behind anything that’s worth a damn. And I had best get busy, because I don’t know what’s ahead.

Thank you for listening.
I love you all.

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Herringbone Brick with Blue

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Downtown LaGrange, Georgia – 24 September 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 11/5/14

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“Sunset on West Georgia Drive”
Carrollton, Georgia  – 14 October 2014

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Shattered, Part 1

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Wedowee, Alabama – 19 September 2014

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Hillside Monday: 11/3/14

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“After Work”
LaGrange, Georgia – 24 October 2014

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Happy HalloNOMNOMNOM

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Buddy and Miller, at Play
LaGrange, Georgia – 10 October 2014

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Waiting #2

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Wedowee, Alabama – 19 September 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 10/29/14

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“Title Pawn Siren Song”
LaGrange, Georgia – 24 October 2014

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Poke Salad and Clouds

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LaGrange, Georgia – 19 August 2014

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