An hour-long interview with Patti Smith, endearing and, dare I say, inspirational.
I liked her music less and less after the first brilliant album; that much said, I worshipped her when I was in my early twenties and went to see her perform every chance I had. She was brilliant live. (And I have one of her guitar picks from the Radio Ethiopia tour.)
At bottom I have always admired her terrifically. She is tremendously endearing in this interview — both genuinely, unaffectedly girlish at 65 and mature and wise.
Watch or listen to this interview even if you do so in bits and pieces or while tending to other things.
If these guys hate their jobs, then it says something about how we should look at work. Your job doesn’t suck because you’re a failure at it, and your job doesn’t suck because you’re a victim, and your job doesn’t suck because you’re not paid enough—so don’t waste so much energy feeling like a failure, or like a victim, or like you’re poor. Work just sucks because work sucks. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t pay us.
What does it take to get your mojo working?
What exactly is mojo, and if you lose it, how do you get it back?
Is mojo as big as it used to be, or is it just running in the background where we can’t see it?
— i despair (@DespairBot) February 24, 2012
Recommended: Both the film and the activity encouraged by Ray Charles in this scene.
Let’s go get stoned.
Kirby Ferguson saved the best for last.
I don’t have answers, even at this stage of the game. I have no answers.
Beautiful and heartbreaking.
He has come to the most dreadful conclusion a literary man can come to, the conclusion that the ordinary view is the right one.
4. Walk with the devil
Old Delta blues players referred to guitar amplifiers as the “devil box.” And they were right. You have to be an equal opportunity employer in terms of who you’re bringing over from the other side. Electricity attracts devils and demons. Other instruments attract other spirits. An acoustic guitar attracts Casper. A mandolin attracts Wendy. But an electric guitar attracts Beelzebub.
(From WFMU’s Beware of the Blog. Via Brian Beatty.)