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Patti Smith + Your Unique Word

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“To work as one, abide, provide

Mercy, hope, humility

These are the words we whisper in our sleep” -- Patti Smith

Patti Smith arrived in NYC in 1967. She became involved in the artists' scene in midtown Manhattan, composing poems and living with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Her performance-driven poetry readings quickly took on a musical component, and she began frequently working with musician and critic Lenny Kaye in 1971. By 1973, they'd formed a band and made a name for themselves in the city's club scene. Smith's hypnotic charm, chantlike yet husky and fascinating vocal farrago, prophetic phrases, and simple yet smart rock music style won her international cult status.

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This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance for you to hear new words and worlds.

(element one) READ an article about Smith’s unique word usage here.

(element two) WATCH Smith sing a song she wrote called “Horses” here.

(element three) LISTEN for words or phrases you never use; over the next 24 hours, eavesdrop. Hear these words in person, on the radio, or from your television. Write down a list of 5 words or phrases that you picked up. Next to that list, write 5 words or phrases that you always use. Randomly connect the two lists of words or phrases and write a song using these word combinations.

How does it feel to write song lyrics that are removed from your daily speech and so familiar?

If you resist doing this at home art date, do it anyway.

If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.

Finished? Congratulations. Well done, artist!

Please share your song with friends. Even share it on social media! Try always to share your art.

I hope you find Patti Smith + Your Unique Word to be a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.

I curate provocative AT HOME ART DATES for you to enjoy solo or with others in your own home. Many of these art dates have online elements combined with supplemental reading, listening, and a variety of activities you can do at home to enhance how you express and experience art. Feel free to forward these art dates to others. Remember to check out the bonus material below.

These AT HOME ART DATES are free of charge. However, they do take time, energy, and a lifetime of artistic experience to put together. If you’d like to buy me a cup of tea as a bit of thanks, I’d appreciate your generosity. Buy Pattie a Cup of Tea.



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