Patti Smith is well known for writing music based on political thoughts or inspirations topics. In 2004 she wrote about the war in Iraq and now her newest album “Banga” takes on Nikolai Gogoi and Katniss Everdeen. Smith recently gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal about writing about Katniss Everdeen. Here is what she had to say:
Your song “Mosaic” was partially inspired by Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist in “The Huger Games.”
I saw the film–I didn’t read the books–and I was quite taken by her. When I was younger, I would have loved to play a part [in the film]. There’s a bit of Joan of Arc in her; she’s going to be the salvation of her people. Her weapon of choice, the bow and arrow, is very romantic like Artemis, so that seeped into the song, the line “to the pulpit of the arrow,” and when I improvised in the breakdown (“I hunger for the cooling flame, I hunger for the infinite game”) that was my salute to “The Hunger Games.”
In the interview Smith also talks about writing songs for Amy Whinehouse and Johnny Depp. To read the rest click HERE!
Source: Wall Street Journal