Patti Smith.

Now that I’ve seen her, I don’t know what took me so long. Seriously. I had these jaded thoughts about her, which were seriously based on a lack of knowledge.

I’ve heard about Patti for years, and was intrigued recently after reading write ups about her new book, Just kids. I never knew she was coupled up with Robert Mapplethorpe and had no idea of the path she weaved among the greats in NYC back in the day. Vanessa Grigoriadis of New York Magazine and Rolling Stone fame has a great article/ interview, as an example.

Luckily for me, she was in Seattle this week reading from her new book. I was annoyed, as often happens, by the overzealous Seattle clapping crowd. I was interested, at first, by the interviewer and host, Charles Cross … famous Seattle music writer/editor who’s written books on Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendriz. But he instantly became an annoyance, inserting himself and Seattle in the opening remarks, when the night was about. Patti.

Seems silly in a way for me to speak with such reverence, after I’ve shunned her for years. But, bottom line … I was blown away by the readings she did (both poetry and from the new book), and also entranced by her acoustic performance. She played several tunes, including one powerful hit called beneath the southern cross, a farewell/ode to Mapplethorpe.

But the most powerful part of the night was her closing acappella version of “because the night,” co-authored by Bruce Springsteen. Yes, Bruce. Patti’s vocals are so powerful, it hits you at the core. The audience sang the chorus and I was crying at the end of the song.

Patti unleashed a loogie at the end of all that, a signature move that I was unfamiliar with. And I promptly ordered the book, Just Kids, and CDS Horses and Easter off Get your copies now, seriously.

Beards and cupcakes.

Making cupcakes later today, and found a hopefully tasty recipe online from New York’s Magnolia bakery. I was looking online at Bon Appetit and a reviewer mentioned this recipe. I feel like I read about it in the NYT at some point, it looks easy enough … so I’ll provide a review later.

Have been thinking since the Golden Globes about BEARDS. I can dig this beard, and this one, and really like the comment from SPOON frontman Britt Daniel about beards.

Seattle guys should clean up their act and take a cue from Jon and George. The beards I see on the streets here, for the most part, are scruffy, scraggly and gross. Here’s some examples from the Seattle Weekly earlier this year. I know, the first one is a big mustache and doesn’t really count. I guess Seattle guys will have a hard time becoming Jon or M. Clooney, but they can aspire. That’s all I’m saying.

Lemon. meringue. pie.

First time lemon meringue pie, by Mary, who also sometimes bakes

It was my first, and it was beautiful. It was not difficult, even though friends said they couldn’t make such beautiful meringue peaks.

Recipe off Epicurious and was from Bon Appetit: Bake-sale lemon meringue pie. Now, doesn’t that sound easy?

Two men, including the birthday guy of honor, said it was second best to mom/ grandma’s version, and I don’t think it gets better than that. And I will make it again, for sure.

Harrison Ford thoughts

It’s post- Golden Globes 2010, and I’m disappointed Avatar beat out the Hurt Locker. But hopefully that means a flip side at the Oscar’s. Fingers crossed. And happy that Glee won best TV comedy, even if Jane Lynch didn’t win her category.

Have been meaning to write about Parade magazine’s recent feature on Harrison Ford. Whoever wrote the subheads in this online piece apparently cannot count, since it mentions finding love “the second time around,” and Harrison was married two times previously. I don’t believe Calista was ever married before, so it confuses me as to why they’re included in the “second time around” link.

The features in Parade are really lame and mostly suck up to celebrities, but I had to applaud the writer who included the facts that reveal that Calista could be Harrison’s daughter (since she is nearly the same age as a son from marriage #1). He may be a good guy but I think it’s pretty gross, the whole sleeping with your father thing.

Sometimes writes, indeed

I’ve been writing far too infrequently … this being the first post of 2010 (pronounced twenty-ten). 🙂 On the flip side, I’ve been playing more guitar and exploring that creative side. I’ve had two concerts to date – both for an audience of one. The first one went pretty well but I was really nervous for the second concert. Could be b/c it was at work and not my place … but I’m hoping to improve on that next time around.

I had four drinks last night over five hours and still woke up feeling hung over. That is not good. Maybe I do need to go back on the wagon for a bit.

I made a lemon meringue pie tonight – my first. And it’s quite beautiful and professional looking. I will post a photo, perhaps, tomorrow. Recipe from Bon Appetit … the title was bakesale meringue pie or something along those lines. But the meringue looks very professional considering I’ve never tried to make it before.

OK. Time to go continue getting ready. Here’s to more than sometimes writing in Twenty Ten.