Thank God For Patti Smith!

March 17, 2010

Hey Everyone, so I put Horses on the record player tonight. The album is definitely one of my favorites but it got me thinking of what an amazing influence Smith has been on music. I mean her first three (and best) albums: Horses, Radio Ethiopia and Easter revolutionized and expanded the meaning of Punk and Rock & Roll, not to mention her role as a female poet/musician. Just listen to her version of “Gloria” or that live version of “My Generation,” the way she takes spoken word and intensifies them a thousand fold. Small phrases turn into the most revealing lines ever uttered in music. From that version of “My Generation” where she screams: “I DON’T NEED THAT FUCKING SHIT!” after her bandmates sing “…just f.f.f.fff-ade away!” to her insightful poetry that can definitely stand by itself:

“…helium raven and this movie is mine,
So he cried out as he stretched the sky,
Pushing it all out like latex cartoon, am I all alone in this generation?
We’ll just be dreaming of animation night and day
And won’t let up, won’t let up and I see them coming in,
Oh, I couldn’t hear them before, but I hear ’em now,
It’s a radar scope in all silver and all platinum lights
Moving in like black ships, they were moving in, streams of them…(“Birdland”)”

So, we all just wanna say thank you Patti Smith, for liberating us all.

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