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I had just graduated high school and was going off to college. Moondance was great but I had no idea who this guy was. Now I know.

Grammy-Winner Van Morrison Protests Lockdowns with Anthem ‘Born to Be Free’

Sir Van Morrison has accused governments of “taking our freedom” in three new songs released to protest against the global coronavirus lockdown and bookend his campaign for live venues to operate with full audiences.

“The new normal, is not normal,” he sings on one track that attacks the micro-regulatory state, before adding, “We were born to be free.”

I never did find my brown-eyed girl but if it took me an extra 50 years to find out who Van Morrison really was, then maybe there is hope for me to finally find my brown-eyed girl. Anything is possible, with Gd’s help. Perhaps I didn’t know who I really was.

L’ Shana Tova!!!

Good Shabbos.

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  1. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk andJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

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    • September 18, 2020, at 2:06 PM PDT
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  2. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama ToadJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Van the Man! 

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    • September 18, 2020, at 3:13 PM PDT
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  3. Dotorimuk Coolidge

    The Belfast Cowboy, with The Band:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR7EW9DSw2E

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    • September 18, 2020, at 6:33 PM PDT
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  4. notmarx Member

    Sir Van turned 75 8.31. You can imagine what an influence he has been on Irish music. An admirable country, seems to me, that celebrates its bard like this: Hot Press, the musical magazine, has on its YouTube channel 75–count ’em, 75–videos of Irish artists, young and old, performing songs written by Van Morrison. A lot of them done into the camera, from the singer’s lockdown living room. Just go to YouTube and search for “Rave On Van Morrison”. It’s addictive for me, but then I’m a lifelong fan of the Van the Man.

    My favorite is “Beauty of the Days” by Moya Brennan (Beauty of the Days – Moya). A trio of guitar, harp and cello, set in a high-ceilinged Georgian parlor. The harpist sings, and that gorgeous melody sounds like it’s been around for centuries. She has a not large, very true voice right for the space, and is obviously, courteously, taken by the beauty of the song. Simply civilized in a uniquely Irish way.

    Imelda May, who does “Wild Nights” is clearly amused to be singing about “girls who dress up for each other”. I remember the song so well from when I was a young man heading out for a Friday night, maybe at The Gandy Dancer, a local Irish bar with live Irish music.

    “Gloria” gets done twice, once in a thrash-metal version by a slovenly male trio, and a pretty faithful version done by a chick trio who really should have called themselves “Celtic Jailbait”. If people were arrested for flirting with the camera, the latter three would be behind bars, often.

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    • September 18, 2020, at 7:42 PM PDT
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  5. TBA Coolidge

    notmarx (View Comment):

    Sir Van turned 75 8.31. You can imagine what an influence he has been on Irish music. An admirable country, seems to me, that celebrates its bard like this: Hot Press, the musical magazine, has on its YouTube channel 75–count ’em, 75–videos of Irish artists, young and old, performing songs written by Van Morrison. A lot of them done into the camera, from the singer’s lockdown living room. Just go to YouTube and search for “Rave On Van Morrison”. It’s addictive for me, but then I’m a lifelong fan of the Van the Man.

    My favorite is “Beauty of the Days” by Moya Brennan (Beauty of the Days – Moya). A trio of guitar, harp and cello, set in a high-ceilinged Georgian parlor. The harpist sings, and that gorgeous melody sounds like it’s been around for centuries. She has a not large, very true voice right for the space, and is obviously, courteously, taken by the beauty of the song. Simply civilized in a uniquely Irish way.

    Imelda May, who does “Wild Nights” is clearly amused to be singing about “girls who dress up for each other”. I remember the song so well from when I was a young man heading out for a Friday night, maybe at The Gandy Dancer, a local Irish bar with live Irish music.

    “Gloria” gets done twice, once in a thrash-metal version by a slovenly male trio, and a pretty faithful version done by a chick trio who really should have called themselves “Celtic Jailbait”. If people were arrested for flirting with the camera, the latter three would be behind bars, often.

    That guitarist is really fetching. 

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    • September 18, 2020, at 9:16 PM PDT
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  6. notmarx Member

    TBA says “That guitarist is really fetching.”

    Yes, and doesn’t she know it. So pleased with herself, she had me laughing.

     

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    • September 18, 2020, at 9:20 PM PDT
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  7. Charles Mark Member
    Charles MarkJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    One of the crankiest men in the World.

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    • September 19, 2020, at 12:50 PM PDT
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  8. Lois Lane Coolidge

    I saw him in England. I’ve always loved his music. It’s my understanding he was a horrible husband, but it sounds like he understands freedom. He should be forever forgiven for his personal transgressions. :) Thanks for the post.

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    • September 20, 2020, at 3:27 PM PDT
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  9. TBA Coolidge

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    I saw him in England. I’ve always loved his music. It’s my understanding he was a horrible husband, but it sounds like he understands freedom. He should be forever forgiven for his personal transgressions. :) Thanks for the post.

    I’ll leave the forgiveness to his wives, government, and Maker. 

    I’m just in it for the music. 

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    • September 20, 2020, at 3:32 PM PDT
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  10. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama ToadJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    “And all along the time going to Coney Island, I’m thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if it was like this all the time?'”

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    • September 20, 2020, at 3:39 PM PDT
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