What Luke Is Listening To: Meta
Not really listening to anything new this week, but here is a view on how I choose what to listen to.
Started listening to an episode of Fugitive Waves (here) on Patti Smith, and thought that it might be fun to listen to some of Patti Smith’s back catalogue. This was because I knew a few of her songs, but not whole albums.
I listened to most of Horses and Easter (two earlier albums of hers), then I read about her recent album Twelve, which is 12 covers. The covers include “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Gimmie Shelter”. (read about Patti Smith here)
From there I got thinking about the Sisters of Mercy cover of “Gimmie Shelter” (originally by the Rolling Stones). I listened to their version and a few more tracks off of Some Girls Wander By Mistake (which collects most of the Sisters of Mercy early eps and singles) . Then I started off through the Sisters regular albums, starting with First Last and Always (the expanded remastered version), and finally since I was having a bad day, had to crank up “Ribbons”, the best track off of the last official studio album by the Sisters, Vision Thing. (read about the Sisters of Mercy here)
Which left me thinking, what is a better career, one where you produce only a few great things, or one where you produce more, but on a regular basis. And wondering if it is a different question for musicians than writers. Especially, given that even my favorite books that I have re-read many times, Dune or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, I have read no where close to as many times as I have listened to my favorite albums. And in fact, many beloved books I will probably never read again.
And then it was time to go home.