February 28: Van Morrison released the album Moondance in 1970

van morrison Moondance

In Moondance, Morrison bursts forth in warm Technicolor. The Van Morrison that the public would come to know and recognize over the decades—Van the Man, the Belfast Cowboy, etc—essentially makes his first appearance on Moondance.
~Erik Hage

This is Van Morrison’s 6th Symphony; like Beethoven’s equivalent, it’s fixated on the power of nature, but rather than merely sitting in awe, it finds spirituality and redemption in the most basic of things. The pinnacle of Van The Man’s career, and maybe, of non-American soul in general.
~Nick Butler

And It Stoned Me:

And It Stoned Me (live @ Montreux 1980):

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February 16: The late Otis Blackwell was born in 1931

otis blackwell

I like this town, it’s really great. They’ve put me in The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This town is about music. It’s about the kind of music I like.
~Otis Blackwell

I used to go down every year for the remembrance of Elvis’ birthday. Memphis State College invited me to sit in the auditorium and speak to the people for one of those Elvis days.
~Otis Blackwell

Blackwell’s songwriting style is as identifiable as that of Willie Dixon or Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. He helped formulate the musical vocabulary of rock & roll when the genre was barely breathing on its own.
~Bill Dahl (allmusic.com)

All Shook Up -Elvis Presley:

Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis:

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5 Great Songs For Meditation

One of my favourite ways to meditate is listening to music. Listening to details in the music and stay present. Here are 5 great songs for meditation.

Van Morrison – In The Garden

The streets are always wet with rain
After a summer shower when I saw you standin’
In the garden in the garden wet with rain

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Watch Warren Zevon’s Awesome Performance of “My Shit’s Fucked Up” @ Later.. With Jools Holland in 2000

On May 14, 2000 …Zevon appeared as a musical guest on the long-running BBC TV music variety series Later . . . with Jools Holland, where he performed a deep track from the new album—the frank, foreboding, and funny “My Shit’s Fucked Up.”

Shadowy and sparse musically and visually, the lurking live rendition of “My Shit’s Fucked Up” is unequivocally one of Zevon’s most captivating solo performances, electric or acoustic; one that would ironically accumulate significant emotional consequence. The song, the album, and Zevon’s peripheral performance became prophetic, unknowingly setting a haunting tone for his next three years and records.
-George Plasketes (Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles)

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Van Morrison – 5 Wonderful Live Versions of “And The Healing Has Begun”

 

And we’ll walk down the avenue again
And we’ll sing all the songs from way back when
And we’ll walk down the avenue again and the healing has begun

And we’ll walk down the avenue in style
And we’ll walk down the avenue and we’ll smile
And we’ll say “baby, ain’t it all worthwhile?” when the healing has begun

“It starts just like ‘Cyprus Avenue’, no coincidence as the line about ‘songs from way back when’ hints, and with a walk down the avenue (of dreams), to the sound of a haunted violin. A song of full, blazing sex as well as revelation. The healing here is like that in Arthurian myth, the wounded King restored through the action of the Holy Grail, but it is also through as graphic a seduction, almost, as the original live version of “Gloria”
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

This beauty was recorded at the Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California in spring 1979. He has performed it live 274 times according to the brilliant website ivan.vanomatic.de.

Here are 5 lovely versions..

Live At The Oasis Centre – Putting The Boot In – Swindon – 1999:

I want you to put on your pretty summer dress
You can wear your Easter bonnet and all the rest
And I want to make love to you yes, yes, yes, when the healing has begun

Louder, when the healing has begun
So good
Whoo
All right, whoo
Yeah
Aah
Whoo

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Watch: Kris Kristofferson (and Johnny Cash) Performing “Here Comes That Rainbow Again”

June 1998.Actor Kris Kristofferson.

The scene was a small roadside cafe
The waitress was sweepin’ the floor
Two truck drivers drinkin’ their coffee
And two okie kids by the door

“Here Comes That Rainbow” is one of my fav Kris Kristofferson songs.

Here are some great live versions by Kris & Johnny Cash.

Dec 1984:

How much are them candies, they asked her
How much have you got, she replied
We’ve only a penny between us
Them’s two for a penny, she lied

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