The last time I plugged a song called Gloria, it was a setting of liturgical text from the Mass. Patti Smith’s isn’t; it begins Jesus died for someone’s sins, but not mine. So, profane not sacred, even though the full title on the album says Gloria: In Excelsis Deo. Also, one of the great rock vocals ever recorded by anyone.
This is another piece I blogged about before, in which I used the phrase “loud and uncompromising but still lyrical and lovely”. I’ll stand by that. Also, Ms Smith seems to be a generally decent, sane, strong sort of person. She’s come through hard times and still goes out on the road.
I guess I should mention that Gloria was written by Van Morrison for his Sixties band Them, and I like some of Van’s music and Them’s version of the song is perfectly OK. But there’s only one version my grandchildren might listen to.
Links · Spotify playlist. This tune on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon. Now, as for live video, there’s really a lot, including some from back in the Seventies. I don’t know anything about Patti’s personal life, but this one has a sort of coked-out feel. Good though. But you know, I really kinda like this from 2015; Patti at 68 is sort of grandmotherly, but she has so much fun singing Gloria that you can’t not go with here. I can’t anyhow.