Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand. – Patti Smith
Last year this quote added a bit of a tail to the drifting kite that was my life. At the time, I didn’t know who Patti Smith was but I made a vow to personally thank her for the light she brought into my life. Fast-forward, I’ve repeated the quote many times and when I sat to research Patti, I realized the full genesis of her quote and immediately fell in love.
For those of you who don’t quite understand the artistic differences between Patty Smyth, Patti Scialfa and Patti Smith, let me explain; Patty Smyth is the artist who’s famous for the songs The Warrior and Goodbye to You. Patti Scialfa is the stunning red-head that was the first permanent female member of the E-Street Band. The Patti Smith who initially voiced the prophetic quote at the beginning of this BLOG is a true Renaissance woman. She’s a painter, a poet an author and a singer. She’s a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. In 1978 she released Because the Night a song she co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen. Bruce would go on to re-release the song in 1986 followed by a rendition released by 10,000 Maniacs in 1993. Ironically, Patti’s resume as a musician doesn’t come close to describing the genius of the person I met on Saturday at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. [Read more…]