Thursday, January 8, 2009
photograph by robert mapplethorpe, 1978.
Written by Ivan Kral and Patti Smith. Produced by Todd Rundgren, who also played bass on this one song from 1979's "Wave", with photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.
the utterance or bestowing of a blessing, esp. at the end of a religious service.
• ( Benediction) a service in which the congregation is blessed with the Blessed Sacrament, held mainly in the Roman Catholic Church.
• devout or formal invocation of blessedness : her arms outstretched in benediction. • the state of being blessed : he eventually wins benediction.
ORIGIN late Middle English : via Old French from Latin benedictio(n-), from from benedicere ‘wish well, bless, from ’bene ‘well’ + dicere ‘say'.
If you feel unsettled by any scent of pomposity - or marginalized by the religious content - you would be advised to check out the Feelies' cover which originally featured on a flexi for 'Bob' magazine in 1988, and subsequently on a promotional 12". No burnt offerings on that one, just a string jangling distillation and pop.
▼ PATTI SMITH GROUP: DANCING BAREFOOT from "Wave" LP (Arista) 1979 (US)
PURCHASE WAVE REMASTERED