Happy 69th Van. You're beautiful. You're the greatest. You fly so high above the pack of current contemporary music performers it's not funny. You've given people like myself a lifetime of memories. I think of the numerous hours I've spent debating ridiculous topics like "is Van a Satanist?" or "does Van have a better voice than Neil or Bob?" or "is Van as corny as Paul McCartney?" Recently I found myself in a debate with a 16 year old girl about whether Van is better than a Korean Pop group called Super Junior. (I was willing to concede that Van wasn't as pretty as those boys, didn't really have the dance moves and didn't match it with the Korean lads in the abs department.) (So you can see how interesting my life is.)
Again this year I reiterate, Van, we love you. I speak for hundreds of thousands of fans whose lives you've enriched through your incredible music career. Here's hoping for a new album in your 69th year.