Saturday, 28 December 2013

Funny Things People Say - Part 4

Jim Miller   -   Veedon Fleece (1974) is pompous tripe.  Van Morrison doesn't need it and neither do we.  How do you breathe soul into a phrase like contemplatin' William Blake and the Eternals?

Cyberinsekt   -   I love some Van Morrison.  If he's done anything great in the last 20 years, it's completely passed me by.  However, when he was good, he was very good. Summertime in England comes from an album that's never received the critical acclaim it deserves, 1980's Common One.  Summertime is a sprawling 15 minute odyssey through ecstatic Celtic soul, Hammond organ r'n'b, and jazz fusion. It's filled with literary namedropping, searing horns and top-end orchestration. And it's absolutely magnificent. Van has produced a lot of dodgy music, and espoused a lot of dodgy faiths, but this hymn to the spiritual romance of the British Isles is just so good that I could forgive him anything.
Jake Davis   -   From clothing to music I'm always down for a reinterpretation of a classic.  On the style tip Van has gotten kinda gangsta with the ascot, hat, and sunnies... Feeling this extremely hard...

David Sinclair   -   What's Wrong With This Picture? (2004) is torpid. Morrison is getting serious with the orchestral jazz thing.  But Ray Charles he is not. Schmaltzy lyrics, slovenly performances and diminishing returns as the bard slides gracelessly into his pipe-and-slippers years. 

Jon Baines   -   It’s always hard when those you admire let you down like Van Morrison duetting with Cliff Richard or Godfather 3 being released.  

Duncan Richter   -   Homesickness is more what Van Morrison expresses in Astral Weeks ("I ain't nothing but a stranger in this world, I got a home on high"). That might inspire a kind of platonic philosophy or even suicide, but doesn't seem typical of what drives most of us.
Jocelyn   -   On the first day of fall last year, I decided to choose a keyword and a theme song for the season. The keyword I chose was velocity and my theme song was Glad Tidings by Van Morrison. The result was kind of amusing, but the idea was a good one.
Kai Tanaka   -   Gloom Balloon's debut single She Was The One That Got Away is coming out on October 22nd! This track's combination of saxes, flutes, horns, and a classic hip-hop beat make it reminiscent of a modern day take on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks.

John Vanderslice   -   You’ve got to be Van Morrison to be a jerk.

Wes   -   I view Van Morrison as a lounge act that rose a little too far and fast.  That being said, Morrison went on to make some very pretty, well-orchestrated music post-Them.  To cap it all off, he also holds one of the most iconic pop songs of all time, Brown Eyed Girl, and many well-received albums to his name.
Daphne   -   Seamus Heaney was rather mediocre by my ear, Van Morrison substantially better by far.

J. W. Brewer   -    For extra credit, try diagramming "the love that loves the love that loves the love that loves the love that loves to love the love that loves to love the love that loves," which is one transcription (I haven't collated sources, but I wouldn't be surprised if not all transcribers are in complete accord on the details) of part of Van Morrison's song Madame George. Which I would rather listen to than anything Trent Reznor has recorded.

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