r&r diary – Riding a Wild-Ass Wave – 04.03.13

patti-smith-snl-easter-1976-100“Gloria.” The Patti Smith version. The one that starts, “Jesus died for somebody’s sins… but not mine…” Powerful. Blasphemous. It was our closing song at last Saturday’s covers show, Sex, Drugs & R&R. The song was always tantalizing, but didn’t completely jell in rehearsals. Three simple chords. Visionary poetry/trashy garage rock. The band had doubts. Could we pull it off? Could we make it fly? Based on the post-show response, it’s fair to say, that the answer is “Yes,” we could make it fly. It all came together. Carla channeled the fiery outlaw poet spirit of Patti, and she rode the raucous energy of the band like a surfer riding a wild-ass wave. It was a peak experience. Satisfying. Exhilarating. No doubt! Rock and roll! – Jammer

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