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Van Morrison – Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics

posted by Dave on 25.11.14 12:22 in Book Reviews Print  

If this book is to be taken as anything, it should be regarded as a signpost towards an artist capable of producing music that straddles huge distances between happy-go-lucky and melancholy, sacred and profane, intellect and instinct, the menial and the spiritual. For Van Morrison, there are no opposites, only unities.

As a "son of Belfast" (with everything and nothing of what that might imply – and I opt for nothing), one for whom music provides his earliest memories, and many additional memories of gigging in dive bars, newly-swish pubs and clubs, church halls, community halls and leisure centres, Van Morrison was, is, and will always be there. He haunts every musical nook and cranny in Belfast, in Ulster, in Ireland, and far beyond that. For an island as musical as ours, regardless of political beliefs, or self-alignment with one side of the border or the other side of the Irish Sea, comparatively few of our most cherished musicians have made a mark on the world stage. For the longest time, the trinity of Van the Father, Phil the Son, and Bono the Holy Boast seemed unassailable. Some seemed destined to match their achievements, only to falter at some ...


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