I went to see Morrissey at The Schnitz on Friday night. The show was mostly fun, though it felt brief. I say 'mostly' fun because, really, I didn't need the giant display overhead as he performed Meat Is Murder. Yes, he did play some songs from The Smiths - five if memory serves correctly. Some of his choices from his solo career seemed odd. He opened with Alma Matters. Really? Why? I guess the answer to that is, because he can.
Morrissey didn't perform 'I Know Very Well How I Got My Name,' which is probably for the best since I'm not sure how many people have ever heard it.
You think you were my first love
You think you were my first love, but you're wrong
You were the only one
Who's come and gone--Morrissey
"I Know Very Well How I Got My Name"
'I Know Very Well How I Got My Name' was a b-side for Suedehead, from Viva Hate... and it seemed to fit this playlist nicely, so here it is. I've always admired Morrissey's ability to take a two minute idea and turn it into a two minute song, and this is a perfect example of that. So many artists feel the need to stretch everything to four minutes if not longer regardless of whether they have enough of a song to fill the time. 'I Know Very Well' is short and to the point. I respect that. It's also rather vague, but hey, it's his song and it's surely about a specific event in his life, so I can respect that too.
I enjoyed seeing Morrissey. I did sit down during Meat Is Murder. I don't need to see those images of animals being mistreated.
Hearing his lyrics at this point in my life makes me appreciate having his music in high school...reminded me of all that angst and feeling so lost and alone. I certainly don't relate to it at this point but it was helpful when I was younger to have someone describe my feelings so beautifully.::::: | March 16, 2013 2:04 PM