Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
(Image found online. Original source unknown.)
I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
The first time I listened to “The Last Waltz” album, it was an overload to my senses. A magnificent overload. So many artists that I adored-The Band, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, to name a few-were on it, so I had no idea who to listen to first. Or should I just play it from start to finish, I wondered. Given my impatient nature, I started with a few of the songs I loved most before letting the album play in its entirety. And that is when I heard today’s song for the first time by Van “The Man” Morrison. And I sa-woooooned.
How could I not? A master of blue eyed soul with clear infusions of jazz, folk and the blues, he delivered a performance in an intense and expressive manner interpreting his own lyrics as only the writer could. Within days I went out and bought his “Moondance” album and wore it out within the week. After that I purchased two more-“St. Dominic’s Preview” & “Astral Weeks”-and before I knew it a month went by and all I had listened to were his songs. And that is by no means a complaint. My love for him only intensified a few years later when I finally saw his performance & the rest of the concert movie on cable. I love so many of Morrison;s songs, but this one remains my favorite, especially because the lyrics speak right to my heart:
“Turn it up, turn it up, little bit higher, radio
Turn it up, that’s enough, so you know it’s got soul“.
Van Morrison in 2014 (Image from vanmorrison.com. Original source unknown.)
Van Morrison: “Caravan” (1970, written by Van Morrison).
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