Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Guenter Becker's Van Song Database Site
Guenter Becker's Van Song Database site is a fascinating insight into Van's song output, performances, tours, books about Van, films featuring Van, press releases, magazines featuring Van, etc. It's an incredible cornucopia of graphs, charts, tables, etc. covering most aspects of Van's career.
Did you realize only one of Van's songs has been played more than 1000 times in concerts? It's Moondance from the 1970 album of the same name. Or that Van's more than 3000 appearances average about 88 minutes each? If this kind of information interests you then go to the Song Database for thousands of more gems like these.
Another interesting part of the data is the section that concerns the times that songs run for when they're performed. For example, Summertime in England has been played for a maximum of 18 minutes 42 seconds in concert and a minimum of only 2 minutes at its shortest. The stats here show what attracts many Van fans. Van's songs in concert are always a little experimental and are not simple reproductions, note for note, of the album tracks. There's also a section on the medleys Van's performed over time.
The Van Song Database can be accessed through the Mystic Avenue blog. Look for the 'Song Database' link on the left hand side. Or simply click on the link highlighted above. The site is probably for the obsessives only.