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Patti Smith on Creating/Staying with Your Work

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An inspiring talk by the musician/poet/artist Patti Smith  at the Louisiana Literature Festival, August 2012. Experience only the first 2 minutes – and easily take heart. Listen to the total 6 – and say “yes” to life.

“One does their work for the people.
And the more people you can touch, the more wonderful it is.

You don’t do your work and say ‘I only want the cool people to read it.’
You want everyone to be transported or hopefully inspired by it.”

“Be concerned with doing good work.”


“Life is like a roller coaster ride. It is never going to be perfect.”

May you honor that deepest part of you that naturally transports and inspires.



“I wish I had tons of money./ Then I’d be free./ Free to do what?/ Everything.”

From Patti Smith’s book “Just Kids”, telling a story about the artist Robert Mapplethorpe:

“Robert’s private mantra: I wish I had tons of money./Then I’d be free./Free to do what?/Everything.”

Imagine being free to do everything. I can feel it, the loosening of  “shoulds” or “can’ts” that keep me limited.

What would I be doing that I’m not doing now if I really could do everything?

That’s worth reflecting on, and then acting on, because of course, much of what we can do doesn’t require money in the initial steps. We just keep ourselves from doing it by saying “it costs too much” or look to the future thinking we won’t have the money to do the grand end point.

One step at a time. Celebrate each step. Feel the real freedom and grasp it with your hunger.

“For art sings of God, and ultimately belongs to him…”

“In the end, truth will be found in his work, the corporeal body of the artist. It will not fall away. Man cannot judge it. For art sings of God, and ultimately belongs to him.”

(Patti Smith, “Just Kids”)

Just finished reading, “Just Kids”, Patti Smith’s memoir of her life with Robert Mapplethorpe. A beautiful book, reflecting the evolution of a mystical relationship, and a passionate commitment to one’s own art.

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