A few years ago I saw Patti Smith give a talk and reading from her memoir, M Train. I wasn’t familiar with her or her work, but I had a subscription to a series of talks and so I went to see what she had to say.

She captivated me. She alternated readings from her memoir with songs. It wasn’t a lecture, and it wasn’t a talk. But she was so authentic, and so talented, and I just couldn’t look away.

She ended with this one, and the crowd was memorized.