Music has accompanied the history of humanity itself realizing different functions and awakening the most varied types of answers from human beings. The word music means "art of muses" and, in Greek mythology, muses represented celestial beings, Gods that inspired the arts and sciences. The inspiration of this Irish trovador prove with complete certainty the gift these muses gave him, with his talent and his voice, the art to charm us mere mortals.
George Ivan Morrison grew up in Belfast during the fifties, a brilliant period in the history of Ireland before the struggle and sectarianism worsened provoking the war between Irish nationalists and unionists. Since then he dedicated to music, first with Them and later on, starting in the year 1966, on a solo career.
Known as "Van the Man" by his fans, multi-instrumentalist, owner of notorious voice and a very peculiar but hardly sociable personality, this eclectic musician that travels through the terrains of jazz, folk, Irish, Scat and Celtic music, produced noticeable records like "Astral Weeks" in 1968, maybe his best work, "Veedom Fleece", "Common One", "It's Too Late to Stop Now", perhaps one of the best albums recorded live in the history of rock, and "Irish Heartbeat", a seminal meeting with the Chieftains from which he obtained a beautiful album that would remain for years inside Irish music.
Van Morrison continues today, four decades later, as a gift to our ears, with the same glow and talent of once. Solo or in remarkable partnerships, his music continues to be one of the most beautiful and sublime Odes of creativity of human race.
Van Morrison which, on the eve of the eighties, passed from being one of the worst nightmares of any musician, with "stage fright" or fear of being on stage, at the beginning of the decade of the nineties, in a memorable interpretation of "Comfortably Numb" in "The Wall: Live in Berlin" from Roger Waters, influenced a whole generation of musicians like U2, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bob Seger, Jimi Hendrix, John Mellencamp, Jim Morrison, Rickie Lee Jones and Jeff Buckley and he, due to his the brightness of his lyrics, was considered by many the European Bob Dylan.
As Greil Marcus brilliantly commented: “No white man sings like Van Morrison.”
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