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Thread #139321 Message #3202152
Posted By: Clontarf83
05-Aug-11 - 12:36 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Bill Morrissey (1951-2011)
Subject: RE: Obit: Bill Morrissey 1951-2011
I loved this man even though I never met him nor saw him in concert. I loved his early albums, and for me his masterpiece was "Standing Eight" which I have played over and over.
A chance remark to me from a social worker in northern BC during an interview brought home to me the depth and insight of Bill's songs. The worker said that child sexual abusers often seek out small remote towns to live in. This is to give them distance from the police who can only appear when necessity requires or weather permits. Bill's "Pantherville" captures this in a terse way--like magic brush strokes from a master painter, he creates an tense brooding atmosphere, and only reveals the nature of the darkness in the last line of the song. A work of genius and experience.
God bless you and keep you Bill.