Oh, true. You weren’t my first musical love. That position was held by The Beach Boys and The Beatles, simultaneously. And we did break up, you and I, for almost a couple of decades, until you wrote Moondance. By that time, I’d been in-and-out of musical love so many times, because my band heroes had either split up, or died, or just stopped producing great music, that when I “heard” you again I was good-and-ready for a true and lasting musical love affair, for the rest of my life.
But there you were all those lost years, still writing, and performing, and producing your unique songs. I had a lot of catching up to do!
So I bought all your CDs and have kept up with you ever since. One song, possibly the best love song ever written, has remained my all-time favourite … Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
Although I’ve never seen you in concert. I thought that was going to finally happen this September, since we were to be in Toronto at the same time. But with ticket prices beginning at $100, I just could not justify seeing you with an enormous crowd of fans, inevitably sitting in a bad seat, inevitably disappointed. After all, I wanted you to sing just for me, since we’ve had this thing going on for nigh on 50 years now. My other preference would have been to catch you at a spontaneous jam session, perhaps with The Chieftains or Mark Knopfler, in a Dublin pub. Now THAT would have been some concert!
Instead, I’ll have to be content with listening to your CDs. Lord knows, I have enough songs here to fill 15 or 20 concerts! When I get up early in the mornings to read, for instance, I like to listen to the two-CD set, Hymns to the Silence. It’s like you’re right there, quietly speaking to me, speaking through your brilliant lyrics and music. It’s a beautiful way to begin any day. Today, the lake reflected your music perfectly … Into the Mystic, indeed!
(Check my other blog for more photos and a video from this morning.)
So, thank you, once again, Van Morrison, for providing me with a playlist for my entire life.
Oh, and my slap-happiest song of all has to be Bright Side of the Road, because it always has me smiling, dancing and singing along whenever I hear it!