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Music Reflections/What Did She Do?

by Digman

Cristina Williams
"What Did I Do?"
Tylia Records

Describing her music as: “Rock ‘n roll with a Cuban soul and a redneck spine”... Christina Williams brings (sings) to the listener the appliqu, principles of well-written lyrical and vocal reflection.

“The ‘Cuban soul’ comment,” She says, “is about what I have taken from my mother’s heritage: passion, poetry, heat... The ‘redneck spine’ bit refers to my stepfather’s influence: he gave me guts and taught me to use them in my music and performing.”

Blessed with the vocal energy (caffeine) of songwriting expression and using her full employment of rhythmic vocal skill, Williams introduces to the listener a twelve-track flow chart of audio dynamics, which is: The radiant reflected coefficient CD surface...of "WHAT DID I DO (?)."

Songwriting for the last ten years, “Ties That Bind” (the fourth-track) is one of the first songs that Williams wrote. It’s a good song... and the songs just get better!

Her opening track “Good Time” is rock-written word art singing under the influence of unbroken raw power. It is the aggregate of vocal totality, which means: good musician accountability, combined with vocal guts.

“Florida Girl” is lyrical folk sketched in vocal beauty. It is her life and it is her best song - the violin (Heather Hardy) is excellent as well as the arrangement. It is her vocal heritage, which is, voice heat simmering, into wordplay (poetry). It is a song of passion!

“I’ll Let You Go” is voice-molded sound sung into the framework of acoustic guitar. A lyrical window with cello (Julia Kent) that opens... into a storybook of song.

And which does she like better - songwriting or singing?

“That’s an interesting question. Hmm. Each thing satisfies a different thing in me... It’s a visceral release. Writing is a more cerebral release. It’s just as necessary as the act of performing. If I go for too long without doing one or the other (or, God forbid, both!) I [get cranky]... Actually, my favorite thing is singing what I’ve written.”

Which is more difficult?

“Songwriting is definitely more difficult. For the most part, singing just happens. It’s another way I express myself - like laughing or crying, or dancing. Songwriting can just happen, too, but it’s so much more emotionally and intellectually complex. Another job I have is to be artistic in how I represent that truth. I love wordplay and metaphors and painting a picture with images as opposed to spelling it out.”

With many false starts and detours, it’s taken Williams about twenty years to launch her musical career. “I’ve been singing since I could talk,” she says. “My stepfather was a folk singer in the 60s and taught me to play guitar when I was ten years old. By the time I was in high school I was playing in various folk venues. I took a major detour in college, when I caught the acting bug. I ended up doing musical theater at the only professional theater in town. At that point, I valued security a lot more and was just afraid of being a musician - I’d actually been a starving artist and didn’t want to go anywhere near that. Instead, I got a day job and settled down to a relatively normal life.”

“Then with my 30th birthday looming ahead, I realized I wanted more out of my life.” Enters Duke the producer. “The result is 'WHAT DID I DO(?)' and I am very proud of this recording.”

...And she should be!

Steven Digman is the owner of Digman’s Violin and Publishing Company in Hagerstown, MD.

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