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American singer Patti Smith, during her performance at the Les Nits festival in Barcelona.
American singer Patti Smith, throughout her efficiency on the Les Nits competition in Barcelona.Quique Garcia (EFE)

She looks like a priestess, holder of the flame of knowledge of the tribe, the one who transmits information, experiences, the spirit of the arcana. She has an virtually venerable air, the a kind of individuals who don’t want to maneuver a lot to inform the whole lot by way of the gestures of arms that appear to push the phrases, the senses, the feelings and the recollections, that previous that she’s going to transmit so long as she lives. And the general public experiences her like that, with a reverential air, with the respect of somebody who has modified the impetus for the calm knowledge that flows in her songs. She met once more with Barcelona, ​​darkish jacket, informal pants, grey hair cascading, transmitting affability and even understanding within the face of the errors that we as humanity make. It was Patti Smith, the sibyl that got here from the instances of rock.

And like a serene divinity, the pause was the rudder all through the night time. Patti Smith, a sparse trio group, with the figurehead on the guitar of her son Jackson Smith, undisguised pleasure of her mom, maintains a gradual tempo in her songs, as if the phrases spoken calmly weighed extra, as if the rhythms that don’t let themselves be run over by pace had been deeper, penetrating extra. Even probably the most full of life and dynamic songs, the one which opened the live performance, Summer Cannibals or the one which closed it, Gloriahad extra substance as a result of intention that Patti put into it than to the very fringe of the songs, which had been sharp by proper. Or perhaps the mere incontrovertible fact that they had been sung by her already imposes one other dimension, extra emotional character, extra of a sense of getting a bit of historical past in entrance of you defined with songs which are historic knowledge. The type that’s advised by the oldest ladies within the place, preserving it.

That mixture of time, knowledge, recollections and claims enveloped the night time in Pedralbes. With her gradual speech, Patti remembered her buddy and historic promoter Gay Mercader, to whom she devoted Nineclaimed the struggling of those that have to go away their land in Ghost Danceregretted the state of affairs of the Palestinians, to whom he devoted Dancing Barefoota music that sounds critical in itself and the reminiscence of her late husband, the musician Fred Sonic Smith, hovered over the stage each in phrases and thru the presence of their son on lead guitar, the protagonist of a number of solos with a deep rock lineage. Life seen from a watchtower that’s already 77 years previous. Every day is a good day, every single day there are fewer and in every one the enjoyment of existence is well known.

Did not sound People Have The Powerbut when Smell Like Teen Spirit as I keep in mind Cobain. Dylan handed by way of the scene, Man In The Long Black Coatadditionally Lana del Rey, nicely coated by Summertime Sadnessin Because The Night The viewers sang to themselves and to the recollections that this composition evokes, as a result of concert events like this are additionally a music to their very own reminiscence, a sort of celebration strung along with rock beads. There are fewer and fewer artists who can thus star within the current, the grandson of these youthful days of fury. The river now not runs wild, however the calm plain of its delta occupies the whole lot in a mouth whose reminiscence shall be everlasting.

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