Excellent Interview With Patti Smith

Just found this awesome interview with Patti Smith at http://www.oceanstar.com. They didn’t have any “share” buttons, so I just copied & pasted part of it here, with a link to the original site. If you’re a Patti Smith fan, you’ll love this interview.

“two sensual states of death linked by the constantly spinning present”

[from “Patti Answers,” The Patti Smith Fan Club Journal #5″, October 1977.]
DOES IT TAKE A LOT OF TIME AND THOUGHT TO WRITE LYRICS OR DO THEY COME INTO YOUR HEAD AT RANDOM?

…lyrics rush very fast in the studio or on stage only after months of struggling w/ a certain idea. there are exceptions. free money came very fast, like a miracle, from the eyes of a dog.

DID OR DO YOU EVER EXPERIENCE A HEAVY CASE OF ABYSMAL BLUES?

…yes. but suspecting this abyss is bottomless I have trained myself to suspend or climb out less be lost forever.

WHAT DO YOU EAT? HOW DO YOU STAY SO SKINNY?

…I eat what my body craves. mostly fish, couscous, and mint, w/ a weakness for donuts. skinny? constant movement both physically and mentally.

HOW DID YOU MEET ANDI OSTROWE?

…she sent me a letter which impressed me so I called her.

ARE YOU HAPPY?

…yes, and I struggle to stay so.

IF YOU HAD TO DEFINE YOURSELF IN ONE SENTENCE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN OR HEARD OF YOU, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

…it’s all in her smile.

HOW DO YOU INVEST YOUR MONEY?

…in dreams.

WHAT DOES YOUR MOTHER THINK OF YOUR ERRATIC BEHAVIOR?

…she doesn’t think. she watches over. mothers do not judge they love.[…]

The rest of the Patti Smith interview can be found here.

Social Media is The New Punk Rock

Richard Darell, otherwise known as @Minervity on Twitter, sent out a tweet a couple of minutes ago linking to an article on bitrebels.com. As I often do, I clicked over and read the article which was talking about how to define social media – the conclusion being that social media could be summed up thusly: Social Media = Listen & Respond. “Okay,” I thought to myself, “sounds good.” As I looked down the page, I saw that a link to the following YouTube video was provided along with the article:

After watching the video, my lackadaisical “ok, sounds good” became an enthusiastic “Yes! That’s it!” Just as the Punk Rock movement stressed an independent DIY attitude and the idea that being heard was more important than the media or the message used, social media provides the ways and means for all of us to express ourselves and to be heard. Social media is NOT a marketing tool – it is a Social Movement. Listen and Respond.