Patti Smith: Advice to the young (YouTube)
“Build a good name”, rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. “Don’t worry about earning a bunch of money, be concerned about doing good work. Keep your name clean. Eventually your name will become it’s own currency”.
I’ve done records where it seemed like no one listened to them. You write poetry book that maybe, you know, 50 people read. And you just keep doing your work because you have to, because it’s your calling … What matters is to know what you want and pursue it. And understand that it’s gonna be hard. Because life is really difficult. You’re gonna lose people you love, you’re gonna suffer heartbreak, sometimes you’ll be sick, sometimes you’ll have a really bad toothache.
But on the other end, you’ll have the most beautiful experiences. Sometimes just the sky. Sometimes, you know, a piece of work that you do that feels so wonderful, or you find somebody to love, or your children. There’s beautiful things in life. So when you’re suffering … it’s part of the package.
I say, stay strong, try to have fun but stay clean, stay healthy, because you have a lot of challenges ahead, and be happy.
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