Morrissey Live

The artist Morrissey, who is no doubt highly gifted has been doing a nationwide tour. He was recently interviewed in the Village Voice as well as Colbert Report.  He was in New York Wednesday which my partner and I saw. It was at Radio city, and sold out. the performance was ok, he seemed to be a bit off, sounded like he might have had a cold. The band was fabulous as usual. He did some material, I was not familiar with, it is apparently new material. He is currently without a recording contract, and holding out till he has the label, to record the new material. For those against animal cruelty, vegans and vegetarians, he performed Meat is Murder, with a video presentation which apparently came from Peta.

Mourning Whitney Houston

Last night February 11, 1012, the tragic news that Whitney Houston, the very talented singer died tragically at age 48.

Whitney was a singer, an actress, a film producer.

As of this time, no cause has been identified of her death and nothing seemed obvious. Rumors have abounded about substance abuse, as she has been in recovery, but nothing is known at this time.

Normally I would not include such a performer in this blog, as though she is very talented, I am not certain about how well she fits into the Gifted world.

In common parlance, someone can be said to be gifted if they have talents, but it is not what this blog is about. This blog is about giftedness related to high intelligence.

Musician: Morrissey

I am reminded frequently how intelligent, principled, the musician Morrissey is. Morissey (Steven Patrick Morrissey) first appeared in the English band The Smiths in the 1980s and is now a solo act.

He is a vegetarian, an outspoken advocate for animal rights and against child abuse. His Lyrics are very intelligent and thoughtful. In a smiths song “Meat is Murder” he makes an incredibly strong case against eating meat. He has a long career writing inspired songs and has a large following, including in the Latin community. In an interview where he was asked what political candidate he preferred, he declared he could not support either one, because all world leaders are bullies using force to change the world they live in. There is real truth here, considering what the American government has done in recent years, other dictators in Africa, the Nazis, Other European powers, including England, France, Spain in eras past.

Other songs of his, speak to how it feels to be a disaffected teenager, how it feels to be alone, the suffering of poor Mexican-American people, sexual minorities and others, powerless and helpless children, and others.

Although I admire his work, I have come to see less desirable aspects to this person. I also care about animal issues and can understand his frustration with workers in China producing goods brutally exploiting animals, Morrissey declared that they were subhuman, which is extremely racist. It also ignores the economic circumstances and the very poor in China who also have very little right.