Willieluncheonette - When Morrison sings "live on in the future" in the John Lee Hooker song Don’t Look Back it is meaningless. Better would have been " live on in the PRESENT" Then it would have hit the bull's-eye.
culabula - Van Morrison quit smoking to protect his voice.
The Choke - Van Morrison is the worst salesman on the business right now. He has no style or panache. He can't keep the action going to save himself. I haven't seen a movement in nair on many a year. And that isn't just locale buzz. This is juicy as far as it extends both crisis East and West to an open border. Crunch time my fiends.
Maggie McQuaid - Easy listening, as in those mellow FM radio stations? I think most of Van’s songs would qualify, though most people who listen to that genre wouldn’t get his spoken-word pieces or his more jazz-infused stuff.
Edward - Tupelo Honey is a primer in the use of simile and metaphor. In addition, it is constructed in the present tense. And the bonus is that by listening to this man sing about a particular woman, we can extrapolate that experience into our own. The song becomes an ode to someone I love as well, but it doesn't stop there. It is any person, and all people. The appreciation of the song requires that we accept that there is no other way to receive this particular emotional information. It is not simply the lyrics. That is a fertile field for intellectual hobgoblins. Van Morrison's style is confrontational. He is giving you the soul required to decode the miracle of this artwork. He is standing right next to you. Back away from the torture of logical exactitude. The words are not the message, the menu is not the food, the map is not the territory. I am not saying anything that experience will not tell you for yourself. The true part is not Van Morrison or this song, or me listening to it. The true part is that for all the underpinnings we may feel the need to assert, immediate creation is all there is. Art gives us that truth gleefully.
- I would typify Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen music as thoughtful, often soulful, adult-oriented pop.
Joe Smith - He was a hateful little guy, His live performance? He may as well have been in Philadelphia. There’s no action from him. But his voice! I still think he’s the best rock ’n’ roll voice out there.
Peter Viney - Of course I’d seen Van on Top of The Pops. He was the long haired guy with the crap backing group who did Baby Please Don’t Go in the mid sixties, and … what was it … not a classic blues this one, ah yes … Here Comes The Night. Then I lost touch with Van’s music until a few years later in 1970.
- This is a lot of fun. I'm listening in a whole different way now. Seeking out 30 second clips that stand on their own and are uniquely "Van". I've already made a dozen more ringtones. LOL.
John Byrne - The release this week of a new (and tremendous) Van Morrison album Born to Sing: No Plan B, serves as a good reminder that there is no Plan B to working together to combat illicit funds movement.
- Maybe I should give Astral Weeks a go. I can't stand Brown Eyed Girl.
Mwidunn - As usual Catholics have little or no familiarity with the great variety of music in Contemporary Christian Music, which has been around since the 1970's. Van Morrison . . . who?
Ardenlinden - I even put his 1979 Into the music and his 1980 Common One up there right underneath Astral Weeks and Veedon Fleece (well, on the 1980 one just a few songs: Summertime in England, Satisfied, Spirit and those three amazing songs are all just 2 chord "1-4" vamps! The first of them at least switches from 4/4 to 3/4 time signatures to add variety. But since 1980 it’s mostly "high quality dross". Yet much of his 60s and 70s work is so good that (sadly) I’ll keep following him to the end.