The "Brit a Day" series

What does a months-long parade of attractive British men have to do with fiction, you might well ask? These gentlemen have inspired some lovely scenes, part of the life I live in my head. Over time, some of these scenes reach out to one another and begin to form a story. For the present, each one of these pictures provides a writing prompt for me, a way to keep me writing with a sense of passion and narrative, even when the stories are not yet fully formed.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Brit a Day [#400]

Above, a detail from the photoshoot for 'Equus' before it opened in the West End.

There's a passage in Patti Smith's memoir 'Just Kids' in which she describes the moment she became something more than a poet. She was rehearsing for a poetry reading with the musicians who were going to accompany her. As she recited 'Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine', the guitarist played a chord progression. Patti asked if those were the chords to a real song. It was indeed--it was the opening of Van Morrison's 'Gloria.'

In a short time, her band would go on to record the album 'Horses', the album that would change the possibilities of rock 'n' roll, with Patti's reinvented cover of 'Gloria' as the first track.

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