Tag: Van Morrison

Into the Mystic

Monday, 11 June, 2018

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
Smell the sea, and feel the sky,
Let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.”

— Van Morrison, Into the Mystic

The team behind BBC Earth, which produced Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, offers this 10-hour video of calming oceanscapes with swim-on roles for singing whales, swarming fish, circling sharks, vibrating jellyfish and diving rays. Ten hours!


The Angry Young Them

Tuesday, 14 July, 2015 2 Comments

The year 1965 was a milestone in the history of modern music and during this summer we’ll be looking, sporadically, at some of the classic recordings of that year. We’re kicking off with The Angry Young Them, the first album from the Northern Irish group Them, which was released in June 1965. Six of the 14 songs on the album were written by Van Morrison, including the famous, fabulous anthem Gloria.


The Queen of Hearts still making tarts

Sunday, 17 November, 2013 0 Comments

“On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion’s pledge, The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay — O I loved too much and by such by such is happiness thrown away.” The song version of […]

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Jesus time

Saturday, 26 October, 2013 0 Comments

A quick look at the New York Times Bestsellers earlier in the week — Hardcover Non-Fiction — showed Jesus topping and tailing the list. In first place was Killing Jesus, an account of the life, times and crucifixion of our Saviour by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, and in tenth position, Zealot, a biography of the revolutionary Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. And there was even more faith in fourth position with I Am Malala, which is about a Pakistani girl who was shot by the Islamist Taliban, while in fifth place was My Story, in which Elizabeth Smart tells of being kidnapped from her Utah home in 2002 at age 14 by a couple noted for their “religious idiosyncrasy”.

All this brings us to Amos Lee, whose fine new album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song has come into our possession via iTunes. Although the name may not be familiar to all, Lee has built a sterling reputation by touring with Adele, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. Along with composing his own songs, he’s a superb interpreter and his version of Fred Neil’s A Little Bit of Rain is splendid. This is from the Mission Bell album.