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June 18, 2004

The Sensual World

Belated Bloomsday thoughts reminded me of a Kate Bush tune. I have it on reliable authority that "The Sensual World" is based on Molly Bloom's soliloquy at the end of Ulysses though I should confess off the top here that I have never read the book. Bush' version is inspired by the piece rather than a strait quote as she was reportedly refused permission to go ahead by the Joyce estate. Jon Drukman and Jenn Turney recorded a fan version of the song using Joyce' original words. The slightly wobbly mp3 can be found here.

But when I applied for permission to use the words I was refused, so I was *extremely* disappointed. Then I had to rewrite the words trying to keep the same sense of sound, but obviously I'm not James Joyce, so it was a question of keeping the same shape and creating a new story. So it gradually turned into Molly Bloom stepping out of her speech in the book and into the real world. In the book she's a very sensual woman, and it was the idea of her stepping out of this black-and-white world into the real world and being hit by the power of the sensuality of the world, the environment, the elements.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 18, 2004 08:20 AM

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