Majestic Performance of Dylan Song By Patti Smith at Nobel Prize Awards

Discussion in 'Comedy & Tragedy' started by WilliamM, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. WilliamM

    WilliamM Regent

    It's A Hard Rain....... Stockholm: December 10, 2016

    While most of the attention will be on Smith forgetting some words early on. She recovers and sings the song brilliantly, especially at the end.
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  2. nycman

    nycman Count

    Wow....she really does pull it off in the end.

    Btw...when the FUCK did Patti Smith get OLD?......grin

    And now to tie two threads together....who can name the man in this picture with Patti?

  3. purplekow

    purplekow Regent

    Its a hard, its a hard, its a hard song to sing.
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  4. Keith30309

    Keith30309 Earl

    Robert M... at the Chelsea hotel before he became really famous. Check out "Just Kids" - an excellent read.
    And she is a living legend.
  5. Charlie

    Charlie Peer

    I used to see them hanging around 14th Street in the 1960s, when I lived in the neighborhood. Of course, I didn't know who they were then, just an interesting-looking couple.
  6. Jim Corrigan

    Jim Corrigan Master

    Wow! Chilling considering the current state of the union
    Even more chilling than when he wrote it over 50 yrs ago
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  7. WilliamM

    WilliamM Regent

    Patti Smith turns 70-years old this month. I believe her first album (Horses) dropped in 1975. I saw her perform for the first time a few days after Christmas that year at The Bottom Line in NYC. LOL I was born a few days before Mick Jagger in July, 1943, so I do not think of Smith as "old.":)
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  8. sydneyboy

    sydneyboy Knight

    I played a number of you tube clips of this song most of course by Dylan himself but this rendition beats them all. Bravo!
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  9. sydneyboy

    sydneyboy Knight

    Further to my previous post. I have played this clip over and over again this afternoon (Sydney time). Rarely have I been so moved by a contemporary song. Her conviction, emotion, obvious feeling for words is remarkable. I suspect her stumble was due more to emotion than nerves. I was unashamedly in tears on each hearing. Again, Bravo!
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  10. WilliamM

    WilliamM Regent


    "How Does It Feel" by Patti Smith

    "And then suddenly it was time. The orchestra was arranged on the balcony overlooking the stage, where the King, the royal family, and the laureates were seated. I sat next to the conductor. The evening’s proceedings went as planned. As I sat there, I imagined laureates of the past walking toward the King to accept their medals. Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Albert Camus. Then Bob Dylan was announced as the Nobel Laureate in Literature, and I felt my heart pounding. After a moving speech dedicated to him was read, I heard my name spoken and I rose. As if in a fairy tale, I stood before the Swedish King and Queen and some of the great minds of the world, armed with a song in which every line encoded the experience and resilience of the poet who penned them.

    The opening chords of the song were introduced, and I heard myself singing. The first verse was passable, a bit shaky, but I was certain I would settle. But instead I was struck with a plethora of emotions, avalanching with such intensity that I was unable to negotiate them. From the corner of my eye, I could see the the huge boom stand of the television camera, and all the dignitaries upon the stage and the people beyond. Unaccustomed to such an overwhelming case of nerves, I was unable to continue. I hadn’t forgotten the words that were now a part of me. I was simply unable to draw them out.

    This strange phenomenon did not diminish or pass but stayed cruelly with me. I was obliged to stop and ask pardon and then attempt again while in this state and sang with all my being, yet still stumbling. It was not lost on me that the narrative of the song begins with the words “I stumbled alongside of twelve misty mountains..........'
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  11. AdamSmith

    AdamSmith Count de Crisco

    One can forget how insistent, and inexorable, this song is.

    One of our monuments.

    As is she.
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  12. AdamSmith

    AdamSmith Count de Crisco

    Listening to this over and over, it struck me I can't think of anyone but Smith who could perform this song with her authority. Of every kind.

    Anyone else but Dylan himself would just do a cover, a tribute.

    Patti's aesthetic and emotional and intellectual presentation of the song are equal to the song itself. Just can't think of anybody else who could rise to it.

    Her being overwhelmed there in the middle is the proof, very visibly so. The live audience got that right away. I like them greatly for that, and credence them a lot more than I would have from the stuffy static optics alone.
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  13. AdamSmith

    AdamSmith Count de Crisco

    This might be an apposite place to remember Dylan's White House performance in front of Obama & co. As if foreseeing the Trump bonfire to come.

    It occurs just now that this was, in one of its aspects, Dylan cannily rehearing and performing The Times They Are A'Changing in the voice and mode of Obama himself.
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  16. nycman

    nycman Count

    Too bad he wasn't there to deliver it in person.

    You're a song writer...who won the Nobel Prize in Literature...and you couldn't be bothered to show up?

    Sorry, I was never a so.
  17. AdamSmith

    AdamSmith Count de Crisco

    An artist whom the Nobel people themselves acclaimed as possessing Homeric attributes is required to pay obeisance to these poetasters distributing the largesse of the inventor of dynamite?

    It is indeed a profound modesty, if you can see it, to stand in deep background, and let Patti bring your art to life for you, and for them, as your contribution to what genuineness such after all pretty hollow ceremony can reach toward.
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  18. AdamSmith

    AdamSmith Count de Crisco

    Dylan one time slyly remarked to Jagger, "You know, I could have written 'Sympathy for the Devil,' but you couldn't have written 'Tambourine Man.'"

  19. AdamSmith

    AdamSmith Count de Crisco

    And his insight that if he himself showed up to sing it, great risk of being too easily received as Performing Seal.

    But if he asked Patti...

    ...she (being a Force of Nature herself) might conceivably deliver them the song as the Force of Nature that it is.
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  20. Keith30309

    Keith30309 Earl

    I recall hearing a high school teacher play a tape of Subterrannean Homesick Blues to a media class and being completely baffled. We though we were very clever, listening over and over again decyphering the lyrics with occasional, gentle nudges from our teacher. This went on for a few days and he chuckled every time a bit of slang or reference became clear to us.
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