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.
benediction |ˈbɛnɪˌdɪkʃ(ə)n| noun 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