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(YouTube)   Irish crooner Van Morrison turns 68 today. Here he is with a rollicking live performance of his signature hit, Moondance   (youtube.com) divider line 74
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2013-08-31 01:18:52 PM  
Umm, I don't think Moondance is his signature hit.
 
2013-08-31 01:30:17 PM  
Brown eyed girl
 
2013-08-31 02:16:46 PM  
Well, that was covered quickly.  One of his signature hits, subby.
 
2013-08-31 02:18:10 PM  
Too bad his is just phoning in his live performances for the last decade or two.

/might as well just put a speaker up on stage and he can just play from his home in Dalkey, Ireland
 
2013-08-31 02:21:42 PM  
Into the Mystic will always be my favorite.
 
2013-08-31 02:24:09 PM  
Lonely Avenue, that's the 1 for me
 
2013-08-31 02:26:20 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Umm, I don't think Moondance is his signature hit.


Into the mystic, dammit
 
2013-08-31 02:34:34 PM  
I am torn between Cleaning Windows and TB Sheets then I start thinking of Wonderful Remark, but Tupelo Honey makes me think of my wife.

Or Van Morrison singing with the band in The Last Waltz, all fat wearing Elvis clothes and doing Karate Kicks.

Damn, now I gotta put the Last Waltz On.
 
2013-08-31 02:37:51 PM  
Tupelo Hone or GTFO
 
2013-08-31 02:38:32 PM  
Hone auto correct?  really?
 
2013-08-31 03:14:44 PM  

theflatline: I am torn between Cleaning Windows and TB Sheets then I start thinking of Wonderful Remark, but Tupelo Honey makes me think of my wife.

Or Van Morrison singing with the band in The Last Waltz, all fat wearing Elvis clothes and doing Karate Kicks.

Damn, now I gotta put the Last Waltz On.


I can only watch that the night before Thanksgiving. One last (waltz) chance to kick back, relax, and partake in whatever, before the whole family/stress/cooking thing the next day.
 
2013-08-31 03:20:07 PM  
Brown Eyed Girl, Domino, Moondance, Jackie Wilson Said, Into the Mystic, Wild Night, and Tupelo Honey.  Those are the choices for signature song; anything else is album filler.
 
2013-08-31 03:21:31 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Umm, I don't think Moondance is his signature hit.


It's a tossup with Brown Eyed Girl. Brown Eyed Girl gets more classic rock radio airplay, but Moondance is a better song (because flutes in rock music are awesome)


/totally irrelevant fact: for nearly a decade I thought "Jackie Wilson Said" was written by Dexy's Midnight Runners (blame The Young Ones)
 
2013-08-31 03:24:04 PM  

Snapper Carr: It's a tossup with Brown Eyed Girl and Moondance



Thinkmeat recovering - can't brain today.
 
2013-08-31 03:32:25 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-31 03:52:48 PM  

FriarReb98: Brown Eyed Girl, Domino, Moondance, Jackie Wilson Said, Into the Mystic, Wild Night, and Tupelo Honey.  Those are the choices for signature song; anything else is album filler.


Actually those go into the "hits for the unwashed" though Jackie Wilson is an amazing song as is Tupelo Honey, but his b sides are far better than most artists hits.

An artist that really deserves recognition is Daryl Hall, youtube live from Daryls House, amazing what he does with other musicians who were inspired by him.
 
2013-08-31 03:59:00 PM  
Happy Birthday Lizard King!
 
2013-08-31 04:08:50 PM  
Came for Van Morrison, stayed for the fat horns. The band stole that show.
 
2013-08-31 04:12:38 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Came for Van Morrison, stayed for the fat horns. The band stole that show.


Horns always steal the show.

This is a guy called Wax, hip hop acoustic guy who did a show with horns that just owned.

Paycut   and the mean bass line comes from Herbal T his twin bro.
 
2013-08-31 04:14:06 PM  
This Van Morrison guy seems to have stolen Brown Eyed Girl from Everclear...
 
2013-08-31 04:14:34 PM  
Best British(!) Invasion Act named for a Warner Bros(!)Giant Monster Movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWrVQo_OaLg

Snapper Carr(because flutes in rock music are awesome)

Unless that's a Prog Rock Troll after seeing 'WAR' in concert last night I'd concur

/weeping cholos high-fiving Slow Jams from 40 Years Ago is a very moving scene
 
2013-08-31 04:52:26 PM  

theflatline: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Came for Van Morrison, stayed for the fat horns. The band stole that show.

Horns always steal the show.

This is a guy called Wax, hip hop acoustic guy who did a show with horns that just owned.

Paycut   and the mean bass line comes from Herbal T his twin bro.



Heh, I told myself, "Yeah, I'll give it a minute..." Watched it all the way through, then got my 16-year-old trombone-playing nephew and made him watch it. That was an excellent share. Thanks.
 
2013-08-31 04:56:39 PM  
Like a lawn gnome having a stroke, that was.
 
2013-08-31 05:00:53 PM  
I like Van Morrison fnie, but honestly I've always thought Moondance was wildly, bizarrely overrated. It's OK, not one of his better songs, hugely overplayed. And I got tired real fast of a capella groups covering it.

Again: It's not bad. But it's not even vaguely as great as it's made out to be. I bet he's sick of it, too.
 
2013-08-31 05:25:37 PM  
Anyone else think that the majority of "Astral Weeks" is really annoying? Maybe i'm just not used to his vocal style.
The only part in the whole album that gets me emotionally, due to his melodic structure of the way he sang it, is the chorus to "Cypress Avenue"
I never thought of a vocalist as being a wanker (in the musician/instrument sense, not personality sense) until I heard Van Morrison. it's like he's a jazz scat singer but with actual lyrics.
 
2013-08-31 05:26:20 PM  
I will say this though.... his "caravan" performance on Last Waltz was pure entertainment, pure enjoyment, really on the money.
 
2013-08-31 05:37:40 PM  
Thought this would have been his big song.

http://youtu.be/cOB7GY1ICwo
 
2013-08-31 05:44:01 PM  

ajax6677: Into the Mystic will always be my favorite.


That and "Shenandoah" by Van Morrison and the Chieftains are my two Van favorites.
 
2013-08-31 05:48:59 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: theflatline: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Came for Van Morrison, stayed for the fat horns. The band stole that show.

Horns always steal the show.

This is a guy called Wax, hip hop acoustic guy who did a show with horns that just owned.

Paycut   and the mean bass line comes from Herbal T his twin bro.


Heh, I told myself, "Yeah, I'll give it a minute..." Watched it all the way through, then got my 16-year-old trombone-playing nephew and made him watch it. That was an excellent share. Thanks.


Thanks. I am 43 years old, and stumbled across him by accident.  I am from New Orleans and a music snob, and going through this young man's catalog I was blown away.  He is great at hip hop or just at playing his acoustic guitar, and great lyrics.  Another one is Watsky, a white jewish kid from Cali.   My theme song comes from him clicky.
 
2013-08-31 05:50:36 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: Anyone else think that the majority of "Astral Weeks" is really annoying? Maybe i'm just not used to his vocal style.
The only part in the whole album that gets me emotionally, due to his melodic structure of the way he sang it, is the chorus to "Cypress Avenue"
I never thought of a vocalist as being a wanker (in the musician/instrument sense, not personality sense) until I heard Van Morrison. it's like he's a jazz scat singer but with actual lyrics.


Pretty much the whole damn album gets me emotionally, but especially the title track.

/the old saw "he could sing out of the phone book and it would sound great" really applies to Van.  And many of his lyrics hardly rival said phonebook, but no one cares (except when he's whining about the music biz).
 
2013-08-31 05:56:12 PM  
And It Stoned Me please...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70cqwjEm76s

/Moondance was a great album
//Brown Eyed Girl is his signature song tho, thanks for playing
 
2013-08-31 06:01:06 PM  

Hiro-ACiD: And It Stoned Me please...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70cqwjEm76s

/Moondance was a great album
//Brown Eyed Girl is his signature song tho, thanks for playing


It is also his weakest song.  It is his signature song for fat housewives who go to karaoke happy hour and get tanked on 2 dollar tequila shots and get fingerbanged by busboys in the bathroom hallway.
 
2013-08-31 06:22:46 PM  

theflatline: Thanks. I am 43 years old, and stumbled across him by accident. I am from New Orleans and a music snob, and going through this young man's catalog I was blown away. He is great at hip hop or just at playing his acoustic guitar, and great lyrics. Another one is Watsky, a white jewish kid from Cali. My theme song comes from him clicky.


I've got nine years on you, and even I liked both of these, as did my nephew. This kinda restores my faith in the whippersnapper generation that's being dominated by Miley Bieber's Marketing Army. I gotta admit we had some crappy music in my day, also. It just seemed easier for quality music to make it through the industry filter back in the day.
 
2013-08-31 06:45:09 PM  
I can't believe he's only 68. I saw him 20 years ago, and back then he already looked like a harsh 68.
 
2013-08-31 07:06:50 PM  

bikkurikun: I can't believe he's only 68. I saw him 20 years ago, and back then he already looked like a harsh 68.


 Alcohol is a harsh mistress....My fave song by him is "And It Stoned Me.."

/Willie Nelson does a good cover of it too
 
2013-08-31 07:15:28 PM  

theflatline: Hiro-ACiD: And It Stoned Me please...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70cqwjEm76s

/Moondance was a great album
//Brown Eyed Girl is his signature song tho, thanks for playing

It is also his weakest song.  It is his signature song for fat housewives who go to karaoke happy hour and get tanked on 2 dollar tequila shots and get fingerbanged by busboys in the bathroom hallway.


Sounds like a rejected lyric from "Sultans of Swing" by D.S.
 
2013-08-31 07:43:51 PM  

FriarReb98: Brown Eyed Girl, Domino, Moondance, Jackie Wilson Said, Into the Mystic, Wild Night, and Tupelo Honey.  Those are the choices for signature song; anything else is album filler.


Blue Money and St. Dominic's Preview are not filler
 
2013-08-31 08:25:42 PM  

theflatline: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: theflatline: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Came for Van Morrison, stayed for the fat horns. The band stole that show.

Horns always steal the show.

This is a guy called Wax, hip hop acoustic guy who did a show with horns that just owned.

Paycut   and the mean bass line comes from Herbal T his twin bro.


Heh, I told myself, "Yeah, I'll give it a minute..." Watched it all the way through, then got my 16-year-old trombone-playing nephew and made him watch it. That was an excellent share. Thanks.

Thanks. I am 43 years old, and stumbled across him by accident.  I am from New Orleans and a music snob, and going through this young man's catalog I was blown away.  He is great at hip hop or just at playing his acoustic guitar, and great lyrics.  Another one is Watsky, a white jewish kid from Cali.   My theme song comes from him clicky.


I love you.  And if I weren't already married, I'd chase down your ass for your taste in music alone.
 
2013-08-31 08:35:44 PM  
That video was.... "meh". And I'm being generous.
 
2013-08-31 08:45:10 PM  
Always quaylstionable live due to his very serious stage fright issues. It is why he is loaded in every performance you have vet seen.

Denver rock writer g brown said it best about van. "In the thousands of shows I have seen, van Morrison is in both my top five and bottom five".

I got to see him about the years ago at red rocks. What a confluence of awesomeness that was. Even the town gave its blessing - red rocks is in Morrison, co
 
2013-08-31 08:51:10 PM  
Sorry for the typos above. Was banging that out on my teeny tiny stupid virtual cell phone keyboard.
 
2013-08-31 08:54:34 PM  

theflatline: I am torn between Cleaning Windows and TB Sheets then I start thinking of Wonderful Remark, but Tupelo Honey makes me think of my wife.

Or Van Morrison singing with the band in The Last Waltz, all fat wearing Elvis clothes and doing Karate Kicks.

Damn, now I gotta put the Last Waltz On.


His set from the Last Waltz always makes me happy...something about that stubby little guy doing those karate kicks while he belts out that song just makes me smile.
 
2013-08-31 09:01:09 PM  

theflatline: Hiro-ACiD: And It Stoned Me please...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70cqwjEm76s

/Moondance was a great album
//Brown Eyed Girl is his signature song tho, thanks for playing

It is also his weakest song.  It is his signature song for fat housewives who go to karaoke happy hour and get tanked on 2 dollar tequila shots and get fingerbanged by busboys in the bathroom hallway.


Things you don't like. Should we stop liking them?
 
2013-08-31 09:20:42 PM  
Arrogant abusive smelly old drunk who treats his audience and backing musicians like shiat. I can't stand him.
 
2013-08-31 09:30:20 PM  

marcpen: Arrogant abusive smelly old drunk who treats his audience and backing musicians like shiat. I can't stand him.


I'm a fan.I don't know him.His music I like.
But I gotta ask.How do you know he smells?
 
2013-08-31 09:51:49 PM  

someonelse: theflatline: Hiro-ACiD: And It Stoned Me please...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70cqwjEm76s

/Moondance was a great album
//Brown Eyed Girl is his signature song tho, thanks for playing

It is also his weakest song.  It is his signature song for fat housewives who go to karaoke happy hour and get tanked on 2 dollar tequila shots and get fingerbanged by busboys in the bathroom hallway.

Things you don't like. Should we stop liking them?


It was a great song the first gazillion times I heard it but I put it in the category with Sweet Home Alabama, Free Bird, and American Pie.
 
2013-08-31 09:52:36 PM  
He once jumped on stage and grabbed the mic out of my friend's hand and finished the song. Drunk, arrogant prick. But, I love that voice.
 
2013-08-31 10:26:31 PM  
I can't say I like Van Morrison any more. I used to but as the radio wore out his songs I came to realize just how bad his voice really was. The ridiculous overplay of bands would make anyone sick of certain music due to repetition, but if I hear Brown eye girl one more time I swear to all that is holy he won't make it to 69. You here me VAN!! Cash your farking royalty check and walk away!!  SHA LA LA LA LA DE DADADADA!!!!!

/I do like into the misty though.
 
2013-08-31 10:28:57 PM  
 
2013-08-31 11:03:23 PM  
hard to pin Van down to a signature hit
having produced a handful of great ones
and some terrific albums as well.

too prolific, should take a minute now and then
but ultimately a superlative contributor to the rock cannon

If you never heard Poetic Champions Compose, from 1987
check out a masterpiece in elegance, passion, intelligence and style.
 
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