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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Day 1653 - Blue Roses, I'm a Poet

It has now been just over a month since Kerry the Cocktail and MerryAnne walked away from the BRS and the TWOM blog. As they left, the pair decided for some reason to block me from viewing their twitter accounts, and if I am honest, I've not given them any further thought since.

The reason that I am mentioning the two former BRS members today, is because it has been brought to my attention that a rather interesting anonymous comment has been left on their TRAP WORM blog. The blog entry; which is entitled Sister I'm a Poet, and is about poets that inspired Morrissey, is written by MerryAnne. Here is the anonymous comment that was left approximately 2 hours after the article was published:

Anonymous 22 March 2016 at 21:33 -

Many believe Morrissey wrote Sister I’m a Poet with The Glass Menagerie by Tennesee Williams in mind, whilst others say certain lines are inspired by the Patric Doonan film All Over The Town. While Morrissey rarely mentions Williams in interviews, there exists an instrumental demo from the Southpaw Grammar-era (Miraval recordings), featuring a sample looped from an old radio recording of The Glass Menagerie. In the play itself, a young man named Tom is unfulfilled with his drab warehouse job that must be endured to support his wilting mother Amanda (Williams had a fascination with passé Southern belles) and limping sister Laura in their dreary apartment. Tom spends sleepless nights wandering all over town, claiming to frequent cinemas, but is more likely frequenting bars and getting himself into all sorts of trouble, much to the ignorance of the ladies in the household. Tom appears rather well-read and aspires to become a poet, often jotting poems down in the loos at work whilst taking breaks from the mind-numbing grind of manual labour. His coworker, Jim, refers to Tom as ‘Shakespeare.’
Meddling mother Amanda wants to try and marry off her daughter, but Laura spends most of her time avoiding life and polishing her collection of miniature glass animals (well, who can really blame her?). It so happens that Laura’s nickname in school was ‘Blue Roses,’ a name bestowed upon her by a jock who caught her eye. In fact, the theme of blue roses figures quite prominently throughout the play. To make a seven-scene play short, Tom sets Laura up with his co-worker Jim, and it turns out Jim is the jock she admired during her school years. Jim visits the apartment and Laura spends most of her time, naturally, hiding. He doesn’t realize who Laura is until she reminds him of the ‘Blue Roses’ nickname. They kiss as her face is washed in the rose silk of a fancy lamp acquired by Amanda to seal the deal, but alas, it was not meant to be.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

Needless to say, I had never read/seen/listened to The Glass Menagerie (TGM), but the anonymous comment; which is obviously posted by a member of the Blue Rose Society, grabbed my attention, so last night I decided to listen to a 1951 radio broadcast of the play, which I thoroughly enjoyed. There is a world full of plays/films/books that I know nothing of, which I fully intend to explore in later life... there is no rush. I actually got around to watching Cocteau's Orpheus the other week! Anyway, I digress.

None of the lyrics to Sister, I'm a Poet seem to have been influenced by Williams's TGM, but there is no doubt that the title of the song may very well have been. Simon Goddard's Mozipedia makes no mention of TGM, and seems to think the song title was something to do with Morrissey's own sister, which goes to show, how little Goddard knows. The fact that a Morrissey song was (possibly) influenced by a play that has a character called Blue Roses, is yet another piece to our jigsaw; not that the BRS was in existence in 1988 when Sister, I'm a Poet was released, but the connection of blue roses to Morrissey just keep popping up.

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JULIE HAYDON - THE FIRST ACTRESS TO PLAY LAURA 'BLUE ROSES' WINGFIELD

There are other points mentioned by 'Anon' that I find interesting. I have never seen the Patric Doonan film, All Over The Town (add it to the list), and have also never heard it mentioned as a possible influence for Sister before. I had previously read on PJLM of the instrumental from the Southpaw era with the sample of The Glass Menagerie, but according to PJLM, the sample was supposedly taken from the 1950 film adaptation starring Kirk Douglas, whereas 'Anon' has stated that it was an old radio recording. The use of the words 'jock' and 'co-worker' lead me to believe that 'Anon' is an American or Canadian member of the BRS.... Heather? Jaz? or perhaps even MerryAnne herself? Whoever 'anon' may be, it is certainly an interesting comment.

Meanwhile, back in The Arms, there have been a few brief appearances by Our Mozzer aka @BRSChairman this week:

SUNDAY 21ST

"Make them breed, make them work, and when they're past working or breeding or begetting, slaughter them"

I presume the above tweet was an add-on to the TTY statement made the same day about the British monarchy, entitled A-Hunting We Will Go!. I guess that once they have been slaughtered, OM would have them be buried in council car parks.... and why not!

KING RICHARD III - BURIED IN A COUNCIL CAR PARK IN LEICESTER 

WEDNESDAY 23RD

"Zayn Malik is a pop star in his head and his bedroom. But not in the recording studio."

"G'day"

THURSDAY 24TH

"Wouldn't it be nice to be on the land of skippy and Home and Away. I must book a holiday."

In response to @mancladmozfan tweeting, "indeed a bit of R and R before the April tour kicks off": "I much prefer June"

So, does this mean Morrissey is currently in Australia, or is perhaps heading there? And is OM suggesting that the previously mentioned tour  is now happening in June?

And what is happening about running for London Mayor? The nomination procedure began on March 21st, and finishes a week today. I think that it is probably fair to say, that Morrissey's serious consideration period has now ended.

I shall sign off today, with The Mozziah's last tweet, which was posted at 2.17 this afternoon:

"Most of you say things that you think will make me have empathy. There is little truth in the conversations I have. Be yourself."



THE TOP 10 MOZ/BOZ COMPOSITIONS, AS VOTED BY YOU:

1. NOW MY HEART IS FULL

2. SPEEDWAY

3. MALADJUSTED

4. THE WORLD IS FULL OF CRASHING BORES

5. JACK THE RIPPER

6. COME BACK TO CAMDEN

7. ISTANBUL 

8. STAIRCASE AT THE UNIVERSITY

9. OBOE CONCERTO

10. THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME, THE CLOSER I GET

14 comments:

  1. Love all those details about plays and movies because I find them interesting too. Thank you Ratty and the dearest.

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    1. Great Manc and great Ratty!

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  3. There goes my hope that Cousin Fluff would make a big thing out of the Moz/Boz vote!

    Very interesting anon comment, I doubt that it was left by one of us pleb BRS members. It reminds me of that Mlle who recently talked a lot about turquoise shirts on FTM.

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  4. A most impressive and well-deserved top 10. You can cross me off the list of suspects - I didn't even know that one of the Glass Menagerie characters was called 'Blue Roses' (and I would never write 'whilst'). Would be lovely to hear some tour news soon.

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    1. Is whilst not a word used by Americans? There are other non American words in anons comment: cinema, loos, labour. It is a real mix of our two different languages. Interesting, as is Orange's observation below, especially the observation of the similarity to AJC and the use of 'alas'. Oh how we love a bit of mystery.

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    2. Americans always use 'while' instead of 'whilst'. Anon does seem to have a bit of a split identity - mysterious indeed.

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  5. Good morning. I've read the comment left by Mlle AJC on Day 1635 again, and now I'm certain that my initial idea was correct. Aside from the similar writing style - this is the last sentence of said comment:

    "Naturally, Morrissey will deny all of this, but alas, it is real."

    Compare that with the last sentence of the anon comment:

    "They kiss as her face is washed in the rose silk of a fancy lamp acquired by Amanda to seal the deal, but alas, it was not meant to be."

    The mysterious Mlle seems to know quite a lot about Morrissey and possible influences, and while I admit that Le Fruit Terrible couldn't resist taking the piss a little bit last time she commented here, I hope she wasn't too offended and would consider sharing some more information.

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  6. I didn't write that comment but I auditioned for the part of Laura in High School, I read the scene where Jim knocks over the glass unicorn and the horn breaks off, Laura tells him that it's ok because now the unicorn is just like all the other horses.

    After I didn't get the part, I decided to be a unicorn, never a horse, no matter if I'm just as strange as blue roses in a garden.

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  7. I really enjoy listening to plays on the radio. Especially when they are old & sound a bit crackly. The Glass Menagerie sounds engaging. I will light the fire, open a bottle of wine & listen over the weekend.

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