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?
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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.
Today is the 75th birthday of Sir George Ivan Morrison, better known simply as Van Morrison. I adore this man-his voice, his poetry, his blues-infused soul and his romantic heart. He also plays one mean saxophone and harmonica, among other instruments.
He has written so many songs honoring my favorite season, autumn, that I cannot imagine the gorgeous colors of fall without his music as the soundtrack. (My favorites include “Autumn Song” (feels like something pulled right from the Peanuts “Great Pumpkin” television special), “Golden Autumn Day” and the exquisite “When The Leaves Come Falling Down”).
Today’s song has an arrangement that is just too beautiful to describe. Morrison is a master at incorporating sweeping orchestral moments in his songs and in my opinion, this is one of his best. Happy birthday, Sir Van. You are an absolute gift in every sense of the word. Swoon.
“Will the blush still remain
On your cheeks, my love?
Is the light, is the light always seen in your hair?
Gold and sliver they placed
At your feet, my dear
But I know you chose me instead.”
Van Morrison circa 2010. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Van Morrison: “Queen Of The Slipstream” (1987, written by Van Morrison).
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