Statement from Morrissey on Melinda Hsu - true-to-you,net; donations
posted by davidt on Friday April 30 2010, @05:30PM

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Statement from Morrissey - true-to-you.net
30 April 2010
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Update: 05/01 21:39 GMT:
An anonymous person writes:
Spinner.com Coverage of Melinda Hsu's passing
Spinner.com published a brief article about Melinda Hsu's untimely death and Morrissey's statement on true-to-you.net.
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Update: 05/04 05:01 GMT:
An anonymous person writes:
Paste Magazine Covers Melanie Hsu's Passing and Morrissey's Letter
Paste Magazine joins the list of media outlets who have acknowledged Mel Torment's passing and Morrissey's eulogy.

An anonymous person writes:
Exclaim! Covers Morrissey's Letter about Melanie Hsu
Exclaim! writes: "This is a much more caring man than the self-destructive Morrissey we usually hear about. Maybe those Moz fanatics are on to something after all."
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Update: 05/05 15:18 GMT:
Morrissey Pays Tribute To California Superfan Who Died - SF Weekly
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Update: 05/08 17:23 GMT:
Morrissey pens statement on former UC Riverside student's passing - Inland SoCal
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Friends of Melinda are collecting donations to go to a nice arrangement for the memorial which family members have said they would appreciate. Any left over will be donated to PETA & diabetes research.

Donations can be made via Paypal to my email address at: david@morrissey-solo.com.

Please make donations by May 10. Please send any questions to Melissa at bauhaus@comcast.net.

 
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Very moving tribute (Score:1)
First of all, massive thank you for Janice Long who kindly helped to pass the sad news to Morrissey.
I could not help crying reading his message.

Normally he grieves in privately, but this time he decided to send it in true-to-you, it is really kind of him to send a beautiful compassionate message.

Mel would be pleased and little embarassed at the same time.

Thank you very much David and Melissa for taking care of donations arrangement.
Kewpie -- Friday April 30 2010, @05:48PM (#351538)
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Beautiful Tribute (Score:1)
I teared up as I read this. It's so nice to catch a glimpse of his true heart. I'm just sorry that Mel can't read it. It would make her so happy to hear these things from him.
Scarlet Ibis -- Friday April 30 2010, @05:58PM (#351539)
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Very touching and moving tribute (Score:2, Interesting)
That is awesome that Morrissey himself took the time to write such a beautiful statement for our lost friend Melinda!

I know she is looking down from Heaven smiling ;^)

Viva,

Jay

P.S. I have posted an album of some pix of Melinda here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaytando/sets/72157623802212567/

I will add more as I get them...
Mud <{jaytando} {at} {hotmail.com}> -- Friday April 30 2010, @05:58PM (#351540)
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    Nice one, Moz (Score:1)
    That's a really decent tribute..
    HangTheDJ16 -- Friday April 30 2010, @06:13PM (#351541)
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      The Heart of Morrissey (Score:2, Interesting)
      Morrissey's tribute to Mel is just, simply put, beautiful. Not that I need to be reminded, but it certainly proves that we, whether we knew her personally or just on solo, are all so very fortunate to have been a part of her life. I knew her for only a year, and not that well mind you, but what I knew of her I really admired.

      It isn't very often that an artist will sit down and pen his thoughts on the passing of an admirer, but Morrissey is so very kind and sweet. He is connected to us - we are all connected through him. For that I am grateful and feel truly blessed.

      hand in glove -- Friday April 30 2010, @06:43PM (#351542)
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        Re:The Heart of Morrissey (Score:2, Interesting)
        "It isn't very often that an artist will sit down and pen his thoughts on the passing of an admirer, but Morrissey is so very kind and sweet. He is connected to us - we are all connected through him. For that I am grateful and feel truly blessed."

        I fail to add another word since hand in glove has said the perfect words. Thank you. I feel blessed to have Morrissey in my life and be a part of the Moz community.
        sweetness522(Diane)
        sweetness19 -- Saturday May 01 2010, @05:02AM (#351569)
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        • Re: Very beautiful . . . by Piccadily (Score:1) Saturday May 01 2010, @09:49AM
          That charming man (Score:0)
          Never fails to surprise- More then heartfelt...
          I'm sure she must be smiling in~ The better world
          markmustb1 -- Friday April 30 2010, @07:07PM (#351543)
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          cos no one ever turns to me to say ...
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            That Was Beautiful Morrissey (Score:1)
            That's why we love you. And God we miss Mel.
            Jake The Stripper * -- Friday April 30 2010, @07:36PM (#351544)
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              How beautiful and touching (Score:1)
              I was very moved reading this, and I will contribute. There is a light that never goes out.

              Truly,

              Ken Stavitzke
              sycophantic_slag -- Friday April 30 2010, @08:07PM (#351545)
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              "And I just can't explain/ So I won't even try to."
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                Life's only promise is its final deadline (Score:2, Interesting)
                Pleasantly surprised that Morrissey took the time to write at length about one of his greatest fans.

                Above and beyond being a moving tribute to Mel, there are some memorable lines about life itself.

                This is why Morrissey is a legend...
                king leer -- Friday April 30 2010, @08:35PM (#351546)
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                Touching, Very Touching... (Score:1)
                I was somewhat suprised to read of Morrissey's acknowledgment of Mel Torment, but not very. Morrissey quite obviously loves and appreciates his fans much more than the average celebrity.

                Thank you, Morrissey, for issuing this statement. It truly reveals your heart of gold, and reaffirms why your fans love and admire you so much.
                Spinster -- Friday April 30 2010, @09:32PM (#351548)
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                  There is a light... (Score:1, Interesting)
                  i was actually wondering if Morrissey would say something, and very pleased he did. his words were of course very touching, and touched upon not only Mel, but about life in general.

                  "When Mel, and others who are dear to us, depart, we should at least realize as we shuffle along living our small and persecuted lives, how absolutely ridiculous it is to be afraid of anything or anyone on this unhappy planet."

                  Thank you. this line convinced me to tell someone close to me i love them very much. she doesn't know it yet.

                  Mel will be missed. I've seen her at shows but never spoke to her. Her post-show posts on morrissey-solo is of course the way many of us remember her.

                  It's a connected world. So very close, and so very true. There is light...it's in all of us.
                  Anonymous -- Friday April 30 2010, @11:48PM (#351550)
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                    touching (Score:1)
                    that Morrissey himself wrote this in remembrance
                    for Melinda

                    Says a lot, he really cares for his devoted followers and vistors to his gigs and buying his music

                    1 thing

                    France?
                    Celibate Cry <vauxhall@mail2uk.com> -- Saturday May 01 2010, @12:39AM (#351551)
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                    and the hills are alive with celibate cries
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                      Re:touching (Score:2, Interesting)
                      I have it on reasonable authority that Moz bought a house in the South of France last year.
                      Noel Westlake -- Saturday May 01 2010, @06:59AM (#351572)
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                      • Re:touching by Celibate Cry (Score:1) Saturday May 01 2010, @07:47AM
                        • Re: . . . france by Anonymous (Score:0) Saturday May 01 2010, @10:44AM
                          • Re: . . . france by Anonymous (Score:0) Saturday May 01 2010, @04:03PM
                            • Re: . . . france (Score:2, Interesting)
                              actually moz left the states because of fans coming to the sweetzer house (i did it, regretfully)

                              i dont suggest bothering him at his home.
                              zodismycopilot -- Saturday May 01 2010, @09:54PM (#351615)
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                              lighten up, morrissey!
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                                Re: . . . france (Score:2, Interesting)
                                well their were posts he lived at the beach near
                                LA, at a private place where more people have an
                                villa, bungalow including pool for their own.
                                It's hidden well, and safety and privacy is
                                their top priority

                                Anyway, can't imagine Morrissey not having a
                                own place in the USA

                                [he better had bought a home in the former iron curtain countries, like Rumenia or Bulgaria,
                                or Kroatia or another former Yugoslavian part which parted and got a country of their own

                                a tip for tourists is Kroatia, but than the long part at the sea between Italy
                                [cities like Split and Dubrovnik, als a few
                                islands, not that hot as Greece, well, the seawind makes more bearable, if yer looking for culture and history from late dark ages, and
                                at the end of the afternoon going for a swim and
                                relax in the sun, or shadow

                                sorry to be OT

                                Hope Melinda will remembered notonly in heart but also get a grave where her family and friends
                                and loved ones can visit and light a candle, or
                                just visit, remember the time they shared with her
                                Celibate Cry <vauxhall@mail2uk.com> -- Sunday May 02 2010, @08:47AM (#351622)
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                                and the hills are alive with celibate cries
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                        • Re:touching by tony714 (Score:0) Saturday May 01 2010, @10:34PM
                          A Fine Tribute (Score:1)
                          I was deeply moved when I read this fine tribute- it is a heartfelt and beautiful piece of writing - a reminder, if we needed one, of just how special this gentle man is

                          orlando -- Saturday May 01 2010, @12:54AM (#351553)
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                            Morrissey that was a monumental occasion (Score:0)
                            I didn't know Mel Torment or Melinda. - I never spoke to her or saw her at any of the concerts.

                            I did Love to read her reviews.
                            She seemed very unique and her reviews were what I shall remember.

                            Mel Torment---May GOD be With You. Morrissey Loves you...

                            God Bless you

                            Kate2828
                            Kate2828 * -- Saturday May 01 2010, @01:20AM (#351555)
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                              Re:Morrissey that was a monumental occasion (Score:2, Interesting)
                              Very well said.

                              And no doubt Morrissey meant his beautiful heartfelt words not just for Mel but for all those of his true fans, those he's seen at many shows, going above and beyond their limitations to attend, those who he hears from, and those he's met along the way.

                              Some here constantly gripe that he doesn't care about his fans but once more this is shown to be untrue by this gesture.

                              They all are acknowledged, recognized, and appreciated for all they've meant to the man and continue to mean to him.
                              Whether actively touring or taking a break, they remain with him, always, in his heart.
                              Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @02:25PM (#351602)
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                                Re:Morrissey that was a monumental occasion (Score:2, Insightful)
                                First of all, those are Beautiful words.I would like to elaborate that even though unfortunately I didn't get the wonderous opportunities to talk to Mel Torment or Melinda that sooo many of you all have, including but not limited to Morrissey himself... But then I feel in a way that that I Did get to know a huge piece of her, a huge piece of her character through her extraordinary,lovely writing...this piece of her heart called Morrissey.(Some of that lesson comes from a person who holds a special place in my heart 'always'..One who I do know well lol anyway one who is a great friend to me...He hails from Birmingham and his name is BrummieBoy.He speaks a lot regarding the power of *Love*.Just like Mel Torment did in many ways directed at Morrissey. I think, no..I KNOW for a fact now...I have come to accept the reality that each and everyone of us in the 'private club' in a matter of speaking, each of us has a completely drastic different connection and understanding with Morrissey - like no other 'fans' have with their ultimate favourite singer. Like Night and Day.Almost as if we're like seperate entities from a different set of beliefs,values,mindsets, etc.etc.
                                Like three year old children playing in a.sandbox all with nothing to say or all just playing in their own little worlds. Except of course if we are blessed and blatantly some are... Like those of you all who are connected even now,mmmhmmm yes.. To Mel.
                                And to you over there with regards to me..yes you with swine flue(he knows)

                                Where was I? O.K. Getting back to Mel Torment, I do feel that I got to learn so much about her especially when it comes to how she feels about Morrissey and I am fully aware I am speaking of her in the 'present' because I and Dear God I am going to run the risk of sounding like Celine Dion but then I Believe that the heart will go on. Mel's and you are absolutely right... Morrissey said all of those heartfelt feelings and statements about Mel because yes...he means them.He absolutely holds all that she did, for him, in his heart...Forevermore

                                And whoever says that Morrissey doesn't care about his true fans and supporters...Newsflash...Morrissey acknowledges his true fans and supporters --Like No other.

                                Like No other. Morrissey said that what the audience does not know is this... He said the HE comes to see them.Yes. Morrissey maintains that each line is directed at a certain person, a lot. Like he is in conversation with the audience. Mind you I cannot switch screens as I am on a junk blackberry that doesn't let me even scroll typos let alone jump screens but he said all of this in a matter of speaking.

                                So.. You know how much Mel Torment or Melinda whichever she preferred to be called---you know how much every single literal thing she said to him and did for him MEANT and, and still MEANS to him.

                                On a final note...One thing that I am Really happy about is this-- Mel got to see Morrissey all those nights, and from what I recall reading in Mel's reviews...there were a lot of informative, interesting, exciting reviews. What I am trying to say is that I am so glad that Mel got to attend all of the vast,numerous,various Morrissey concerts before her sudden death. And that Morrissey made her feel special n that Morrissey made Mel feel Happy.And although we all know the controversy over is anyone "happy"
                                This much I do Know...Morrissey did indeed make Mel Torment feel Happy and for this I am eternally grateful.
                                I wonder if like in her subconscious mind or deep down, I wonder if Mel knew**.

                                Anyways, touring or relaxing in Paris

                                You are in...well I can only speak for myself... Every single thing you say,think,feel,write,sing,and everything you contemplate, well everything that matters to you, always, is kept in a cradle safe in my heart.

                                And I LOVE you
                                Kate2828 * -- Saturday May 01 2010, @06:43PM (#351609)
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                                • Re:Morrissey that was a monumental occasion by Anonymous (Score:0) Sunday May 02 2010, @04:47AM
                              Puts it all into perspective (Score:1)
                              Very moving comment from Morrissey especially final paragraph
                              Seen many of Mel's posts on here and always informative
                              Thoughts with all her friends and family
                              Bradder68 -- Saturday May 01 2010, @01:22AM (#351556)
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                                To:Morrissey (Score:2, Insightful)
                                I go to many shows as possible just to be there. Because you are there. I dont expect different Setlist or anything else because there are other fans there too that havent seen you, it wouldnt be right.... But I feel happy to know that I will see you the next show. Thats the way it is for me.
                                Last time I saw Mel was at the Ventura theater. I never thought that would be the last time. Then again we all never know when is the last time. Youve said it.

                                To: David T.
                                    Mel encouraged me to share or submit news or stories to Morrissey-Solo in wich I believe she did alot. Even though I told her "I'm not the submiting kind of person" what a bore I am for that. Cause she kindly shared her experiences with us all and her gratest memories are posted in this site, and in person she also shared more stories. Its a beautiful thing to find fans that have in common.... love for Morrissey

                                My condolences to her family.

                                Elizabeth Delgado
                                Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @01:24AM (#351557)
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                                  Great eulogy (Score:1)
                                  Heaven knows Melinda is happy now
                                  orestes3009 -- Saturday May 01 2010, @01:30AM (#351558)
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                                  • heaven knows by Anonymous (Score:0) Saturday May 01 2010, @01:53AM
                                    wonderful tribute (Score:0)
                                    Honestly if I were to depart this planet and could have one person speak my praises it would be Morrissey ... but honestly for the average fan how likely is that to happen? However Mel has secured this and in doing so it shows how remarkable she was. Wonderful words by Morrissey as always.

                                    Do we know a cause of death yet?
                                    Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @01:36AM (#351559)
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                                      Re:wonderful tribute (Score:2, Insightful)
                                      As the family appear to be asking for donations to a diabetes charity, then maybe this could be the cause of her untimely death. Very sad.
                                      Titchy -- Saturday May 01 2010, @07:05AM (#351574)
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                                      • so sad by Anonymous (Score:0) Sunday May 02 2010, @10:34AM
                                        you were one....you knew you were one... (Score:0)
                                        you were one
                                        you knew you were one
                                        and you jumped into my face
                                        and laughed and kissed me on the cheek
                                        and then were gone
                                        forever? ... not quite

                                        of course you were one
                                        and you slipped right through my fingers
                                        no, not literally, but metaphorically
                                        and now you're all I see ...as the light fades. ...as the light fades

                                        Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @01:38AM (#351560)
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                                          It's Never Easy... to say Goodbye (Score:1)
                                          Me and my friends have seen Melinda throughout the years at different gigs, and different clubs in LA. I was never close to her, but had respect for her.. because I knew a sense of her through her posts and different remarks on here on Solo.
                                          To her friends and family, who are grieving..
                                          I am so sorry for your loss...there are no words to explain the heartbreak that has unfolded.
                                          My prayer for all of you is Peace.
                                          She is with GOD and is truly happy.
                                          Melinda will be forever missed but never forgotten.

                                          Rest In Peace

                                          Sincerely,
                                          Mozluv
                                          mozluv -- Saturday May 01 2010, @03:32AM (#351563)
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                                            stunning statement, autobiography please (Score:2, Insightful)
                                            I don't mean to distract attention from the tragic death of Mel Torment (who i never met but loved reading) but I think she has provoked one of the finest chunks of prose Morrissey has written.

                                            It's generous:

                                            "Those who travel from concert to concert as Mel did possibly don't realize the contribution they make. They are as much a part of the night as I am"

                                            "Her contribution was a declaration of love for which she seemed to save all of her strength, and for which I could only ever repay with half-witted mumbles of thanks."

                                            searching:

                                            "I cannot imagine whatever it was that Mel believed she saw or felt as she fixed upon the stage night after night, year after year."

                                            hilariously self-mocking:

                                            "The goat-like vocals and the tipsy monologues are all that I am."

                                            and makes a statement sharp as a needle in your eye:

                                            "we should at least realize as we shuffle along living our small and persecuted lives, how absolutely ridiculous it is to be afraid of anything or anyone on this unhappy planet."

                                            Thank you Moz, thank you Mel. And to her family and friends who are surely in the middle of a catastrophe, I know (as someone who lost a sibling too young): nothing can make this better, but the people who leave us don't want us to suffer, they want us to enjoy our lives, treasuring our time with them, and love each other. It's not easy when a wrecking-ball has just smashed into your head but we have to try.
                                            methadone -- Saturday May 01 2010, @04:10AM (#351564)
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                                            I'll miss your face at the shows... (Score:1, Insightful)
                                            I met a Mel a few times, awaiting in lines and in the front by the stage at so many shows. I didn't know her personally, but she was a sweetheart and I remember joking around laughing with her and her friends while waiting in line at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, in Las Vegas years ago.

                                            The Morrissey experience is really unique, aside from the mind blowing music, concerts, and Morrissey run-ins in LA....The fans are amazing. All of you are awesome...you've made my concert experiences wonderful...and it's a beautiful thing to share this whole life experience with all of you.

                                            Mel, save me a spot up there, will ya? We'll meet again.

                                            Lovingly,
                                            Javier
                                            Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @04:13AM (#351565)
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                                              Statment from Moz (Score:1)
                                              It was very moving that Morrissey made a statement from a devoted fan such as Mel. He does know how much he means to us.
                                              May she rest in peace.
                                              Roky74 -- Saturday May 01 2010, @04:43AM (#351568)
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                                              wonderful (Score:0)
                                              a truly wonderful tribute from a wonderful man. viva moz!
                                              playboys -- Saturday May 01 2010, @05:29AM (#351570)
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                                                it's sad (Score:1)
                                                It's sad to hear and read the news about Melinda.
                                                I remember her from many many gigs in Europe, she was friendly, smile always.
                                                I'm really shocked and sad about this news.
                                                Me and my girlfriend wish all her familie and friends all luck.
                                                Respect for Morrissey's statement, very friendly, not so many artists do that.
                                                We will never forget her!
                                                "there's a light that never goes out"

                                                Peter Melis (Antwerp, Belgium)

                                                Peter007 -- Saturday May 01 2010, @07:00AM (#351573)
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                                                  Lovely Mozz (Score:1)
                                                  Morrissey statement on Mel is simply wonderful. I don't know of any other artist that has written anything like that before to a fan. There's some nice humans out there after all!
                                                  I didn't know Mel, but I send my love to her family and friends. Bless!
                                                  Gejo -- Saturday May 01 2010, @07:11AM (#351576)
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                                                    RIP Mel (Score:1)
                                                    It breaks my heart to hear of this news, I had met Melinda a couple of times over the years at different shows. There are few of us who have been going to as many shows possible and to as many tours as possible and it is always great when the familiar faces greeting you are ones you can respect. I was wondering if Morrissey was going to acknowlege her and her devotion that she had to him and his music. I'm glad he did, I'm just sorry that it was after she is gone. Hopefully she is somewhere knowing that she got that special attention she so rightfully deserved. RIP Mel...
                                                    Kill Uncle Fan -- Saturday May 01 2010, @07:42AM (#351580)
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                                                      I love his songwriting. (Score:0, Offtopic)
                                                      But I find his journal writing very boring.
                                                      Sounds like he's still working out his voice in a freeform-writing class he's taking at a junior college. The Queen is trying waaay too hard to be interesting when he's not singing.
                                                      sorry, thats how he comes across.
                                                      Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @07:48AM (#351582)
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                                                      Tribute to a sweet Lady (Score:2, Insightful)
                                                      A truly wonderful tribute to a sweet lady.I was shocked to hear of Melinda's passing.I met her a number of times at shows in London and have very fond memories of our chats before and after the shows.I was always impressed with her dedication and I'm pleased to have made her acquaintance.
                                                      God bless you Mel.
                                                      Battersea -- Saturday May 01 2010, @08:36AM (#351585)
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                                                        Such lovely compassion (Score:0)
                                                        Morrissey reminds us why we all love him with his lovely words at this sad time
                                                        Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @08:52AM (#351586)
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                                                          How Thoughtful (Score:1)
                                                          Thank you, Morrissey, for that lovely statement.

                                                          R.I.P Melinda aka Mel Torment. I never met you. I will miss your reviews and your presence on Morrissey-Solo.
                                                          Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @09:06AM (#351587)
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                                                            She will be missed. (Score:1)
                                                            She will be missed.

                                                            http://picasaweb.google.com/dr101010/MorrisseySeattle112909#5409802890330965666

                                                            Seattle Moz Fan -- Saturday May 01 2010, @09:56AM (#351593)
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                                                            Everything depends on how near you stand to me.
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                                                              Wonderful (Score:2, Insightful)
                                                              What a wonderful letter. A touching tribute, but also a comfort to everyone who has ever wondered if he reads the letters they pass to him, or if he ever notices that they are any more than just 'one of many.'

                                                              Thank you Morrissey. x
                                                              gretchenraine <donelson.9@osu.edu> -- Saturday May 01 2010, @10:22AM (#351595)
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                                                              a wonderful tribute to Mel (Score:0)
                                                              A touching tribute from a sensitive soul. I never had the chance to meet Mel personaly, but I see for all the kind words in this forum that she was a sweet and caring person and a dedicated fan...

                                                              Much love to her friends and family in these sad times...

                                                              May her kind soul rest in peace...
                                                              Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @11:54AM (#351598)
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                                                                PETA & diabetes research (Score:2, Insightful)
                                                                "Any left over will be donated to PETA & diabetes research."

                                                                I guess someone should mention that PETA is opposed to diabetes research....

                                                                I think 100% should go to the diabetes research.
                                                                Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @03:03PM (#351603)
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                                                                Ya see, (Score:0)
                                                                I've always said that Morrissey is lovely.
                                                                Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @03:18PM (#351604)
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                                                                  so sad to hear about Mel (Score:1, Interesting)
                                                                  I'm shocked with the news about Mel ... I loved to read about all the Morrissey gigs she went to.

                                                                  Thank You Mel, you will be missed here.

                                                                  And so, in this moment of sadness I felt really touched by Morrissey's kind and truthful words. That was beautiful. Mel must be smiling.

                                                                  Thank you Morrissey. You are a legend.

                                                                  Justme

                                                                  Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @03:46PM (#351605)
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                                                                    Musty Morrissey Mollifies (Score:1)
                                                                    'Mustily' is a rare adverb, isn't it? Since France is full of vineyards, it's probably a word Morrissey's become attuned to there: - {Must (from the Latin vinum mustum, “young wine”) is freshly pressed fruit juice (usually grape juice) that contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the fruit.} And it's fitting that Jesus said in the gospel of Luke: "And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins." As we can imagine that Mel's spirit is being kitted out expertly and suitably for what's next.

                                                                    Morrissey's recognition of Mel's bolstering contribution at live shows will make a lot of us feel validated, although she did go way over and beyond the call of duty. I'm glad now that I, amongst many, took the opportunity to thank her effusively for the outstanding detail of her unrivalled stream of lively thorough reviews. Even though Morrissey didn't know her personally, he was far more familiar with her than most of us were, and this statement gathers us up again in our common interest and is clearly comforting. It has settled us, given us some peace about the regrettable news.

                                                                    His distress at possibly being perceived to mean something more to people than he is explicitly presenting can also give pause for thought: "I sometimes feel embarrassed because I think they are asking for more than there is..." I think the message is that Morrissey is getting on with his own full life apart from his shows and he's gently hinting at the import of another singer's entreaty: "Please don't put your life in the hands of a Rock 'n Roll band who'll throw it all away." It would make him happy to know, it appears, that all his friends keep themselves as creative and busy, and have as much fun, as Mel did, and as Morrissey does himself. His plain honest words on the challenges of life and death are self-evidently wise and moving.

                                                                    Morrissey, you did a good thing, for one of your best fans and by extension, for the rest of us. Blessings on Melinda Hsu and on her family.
                                                                    goinghome -- Saturday May 01 2010, @04:53PM (#351607)
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                                                                    So Grab Me While We Still Have the Time (Score:2, Insightful)
                                                                    Let's not forget that the final song of the Ventura concert was "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell," a unique encore choice. What was likely typical Morrissey end-of-tour playfulness turned out to be prophetic for Mel.

                                                                    RIP Mel.

                                                                    And thank you Morrissey for your thoughtful words.
                                                                    Davinder -- Saturday May 01 2010, @07:25PM (#351611)
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                                                                      No, we weren't friends (Score:0)
                                                                      In fact, we were close to enemies, having had many heated arguments over the years. However, it sucks that she's died, and so suddenly.
                                                                      I offer my sincerest condolences to her family and friends. It's such a shock when a young person passes away.
                                                                      RIP, Mel. I admire your fearless nature and hope you are well wherever you are.
                                                                      Anonymous -- Saturday May 01 2010, @08:29PM (#351614)
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                                                                        RIP Mel (Score:0)
                                                                        It really means a lot for Morrissey to give a statement about Mel. I'm so happy that he acknowledged such a true and dedicated fan and at the same time seemed to give all the fans a nice tribute.
                                                                        Anonymous -- Sunday May 02 2010, @09:21AM (#351623)
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                                                                          Final Bow in Ventura? (Score:2, Insightful)
                                                                          Should we read into this?
                                                                          Von Sulstrus -- Sunday May 02 2010, @10:13AM (#351624)
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                                                                          Classy (Score:2, Funny)
                                                                          Comforting to see Moz speaking from the heart.
                                                                          Smiths * <windthrope2NO@SPAMyahoo.com> -- Sunday May 02 2010, @07:09PM (#351643)
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                                                                            Thank you, chere Morrissey (Score:3, Insightful)
                                                                            Mel's family and friends are very touched by your message and acknowledgement of not only her passing but also of what she and her devotion as a fan during her life meant to you.

                                                                            Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. It is perhaps we who are undeserving of this.

                                                                            As far as traveling, speaking at least for myself, I have realized and respected that what for me is a beautiful vacation to be present with you and open my eyes to a new place is in your shoes your vocation and livelihood. Our meeting point is passion for the music and the ability to share it in that moment.

                                                                            I can see that everything associated with touring, aside from even performing, is very hard work. I am ever-impressed that you and the posse always do what you do with such a gracious smile to the fans. I know it must not always be easy.

                                                                            So Thank You.

                                                                            The encouragement to live bravely whilst realizing our "unbreakable appointment" is also very much appreciated. Though some of us may have experienced the death of a grandparent, uncle/aunt, or even parent, it is entirely different when it is someone of our own age. Mel's passing has definitely sent ripples through the gen-x'ers of the fanbase. Thank you for reminding us to be unafraid as we accept her passing and move forward with courage and inspiration.

                                                                            Yours,
                                                                            romeogirl -- Monday May 03 2010, @12:37AM (#351649)
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                                                                            don't you guys understand? (Score:0)
                                                                            that while he gave a fitting and kind sort-of eulogy to one of his biggest fans, he was also saying something bigger?

                                                                            didn't you guys get that he was having an attack of the conscience? i did. he was telling everybody to back off a bit, cos it ain't happenin. read between the lines.

                                                                            p.s. RIP Mel, didn't mean to drag you into this, even tho we weren't the best of friends in life I hope you're okay whenever, wherever you are.
                                                                            Anonymous -- Monday May 03 2010, @01:00AM (#351650)
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                                                                            • Re:don't you guys understand? by Anonymous (Score:0) Monday May 03 2010, @01:43AM
                                                                              • Re:don't you guys understand? by Anonymous (Score:0) Monday May 03 2010, @02:01AM
                                                                                • Re:don't you guys understand? by Anonymous (Score:0) Monday May 03 2010, @02:10AM
                                                                                    Re:don't you guys understand? (Score:2, Insightful)
                                                                                    I see your point, but I'd just like to say that I don't think we want more than "all there is", really. No one here who follows him around show after show, or who go to as many shows as they can, expect a "personal relationship" with Morrissey - unless they are completely delusional.

                                                                                    I have to say, though, that the "all there is" really does turn out to be a personal relationship of sorts on those magical nights when he is there in front of us singing the songs that save our lives day in and day out. That, I think, is what we'd like him to know. And if that's "all there is" then that is quite alright, because to some people that is EVERYTHING.

                                                                                    I think your posts are very insightful, so please don't take this as an attack on what you said! :)
                                                                                    hand in glove -- Monday May 03 2010, @09:42AM (#351671)
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                                                                                    Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death. - William Blake
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                                                                            One day goodbye is farewell (Score:1)
                                                                            ...so farewell Melinda and thank you to Morrissey for his touching testimony.

                                                                            Au-revoir Mel.
                                                                            Guillaume Metayer -- Monday May 03 2010, @03:29AM (#351661)
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                                                                              Beautiful . . . (Score:1)
                                                                              There is a saying that words are not enough in the aftermath of the death of a person close to you. I believe that Morrissey has just proven that statement wrong. His eloquence knows no boundaries. Rest in peace, Mel Torment!
                                                                              jwizjam -- Monday May 03 2010, @08:36AM (#351667)
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                                                                                Morrissey the solopsist (Score:1, Interesting)
                                                                                I hope there's a new album in 2010
                                                                                Anonymous -- Monday May 03 2010, @08:57AM (#351668)
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                                                                                  She called him "Frinky" (Score:2, Interesting)
                                                                                  I can remember a few years ago when Mel held up a sign at the Merriville show that said Moz was Frinky. Moz gave her the microphone to explain what it was, and she said it was a combination of Frisky and Kinky. The sheer look of embarrassment on Moz's face was a site to behold, and he sheepishly said, "You mean that in a nice way, don't you?" Will never forget that exchange.

                                                                                  Mel could always be counted on for a superb post-gig review. Has anybody ever chronicled Moz concerts in such a comprehensive and dynamic way? No, she was without equal.

                                                                                  RIP Mel Torment
                                                                                  manicboy -- Monday May 03 2010, @09:53AM (#351673)
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                                                                                    RIP Mel (Score:1)
                                                                                    i too did not know her, but according to all these reports, i was obviously present at some of the same shows she was at. I also loved reading her observations of concerts. Anyway, although Moz' statement seemed heartfelt, i guess he should have taken the time to meet her, or have her backstage or a VIP pass at least once, since she was a huge fan. That would have been a very kind gesture while she was still alive.

                                                                                    rooneyred -- Monday May 03 2010, @10:45AM (#351675)
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