anatomy has little quirks. One of mine, is the length of the
of my wisdom teeth. They go down halfway to Sulawesi.
I was in college, I had to have two of them extracted. The
surgeon told me they were “difficult extractions.”
he was, he gave me a prescription for Tylenol #3. Which is
they give you when they want you to think you are getting something
that will work, even though they know perfectly well that it is
So I went back to the house where I was
renting a room. There was this strange guy there.
like that happen in college. One of your housemates invites
someone over, and they end up staying for days, or weeks, but too long
in any event.
I was never sure exactly who was responsible for
this visitation. Then we got to talking and I told him my
hurt, and why. He said something like “dude, just try some of
this.” Reaches into a backpack and pulls out an enormous bag
dried leaves of cannabis sativa.
I knew perfectly well
that that would be useless, too. Cannabis is not particularly
effective for acute pain. So I waved that off.
hung around for a couple of weeks, stank up the place, eventually ran
out of pot, and moved on. I have no idea where he went.
I did, rather than mess around with drugs, was to go down to my room,
which was in the basement, and listen to Patti Smith,
I had a fairly new pair of Polk Audio Monitor Series 5
Modest, but effective.
The basement room was somewhere that nobody else would live.
But because of that, it was only $100 a month.
There were books everywhere, which improved the acoustics.
Listening to Patti Smith did not alleviate the pain at all.
What it did, was to make the experience more interesting.
Unlike the opioids, which make everything dull.
Smith is to the limbic system what Ikebana is to botany. She
takes raw emotion and shows it to you in a new way. There
is an unsettled precision to the display.
A composition by Johann
Sebastian Bach has mathematical precision. A composition by
Smith has passion precision. It isn’t digital, of course.
It is like she has a genlock for brain waves.
To those who haven’t seen it yet, here is a link to Patti Smith’s
website. Nicely done. Check out, in
particular, the ihavesomeinformationforyou
link. It’s like a blog, but it is just a series of entries.
There’s no RSS feed. Can’t have everything, I
Also you can listen to an acoustic
performance she did in the Current studio, archived by
Minnesota Public Radio. If you haven’t heard anything by her
yet, you can cut your teeth on this one. You’ll find that the
roots of her wisdom go pretty deep.