Music Has A Power Beyond Anticipation

I have been listening to a podcast with Alex Baldwin talking to Patti Smith. You can do the same … just follow the link. It’s a great podcast, recorded after she represented Bob Dylan to accept the Nobel Prize and even if you have read ‘Just Kids‘ you will find lots of insights into her life – and self.

Unusually for Baldwin’s podcasts, this was in front of a live audience and at the end of the podcast, the audience got to ask some questions. Continue reading

Patti Smith Biography

Roald Dahl believed that physical illness powers creativity. It’s a perplexing proposition, but the diaries of celebrated artists, writers, scientists, and inventors are strewn with accounts of how fever-induced creative revelations — perhaps because fever shakes off the chronic constraints of the conscious mind, sparking a sort of openness that enlarges the locus of ideation and broadens the field of creative vision.

I read the Patti Smith bio when it came out – absolutely superb book. Perfect reminder from one of my favorite bloggers – Maria Popova, the force behind Brain Pickings.

[ Source : Brain Pickings]