I grew up listening to the classics like Gloria, Brown-Eyed Girl, Moondance, etc.
But it wasn’t until 1991 that while on a road trip someone broke out a greatest hits cd. I then realized what an amazing and diverse artist this man is.
My collection of cds numbers around 500, and I have a whole Van section that numbers 27 Van cds (some are double cds too).
I admire him so much because he can do jazz, blues, rock, classical, gospel, celtic, spoken word, he’s a great lyricist, and a great instumentalist-mastering the guitar, piano, saxophone, harmonica etc-and does them all so well. And I love when he incorporates string arrangements and choirs into his work.
My favorite cds include: Poetic Champions Compose, Hard Nose The Highway, A Sense Of Wonder, Veedon Fleece, Enlightenment, No Guru No Method No Teacher, Tupelo Honey, Too Long In Exile…i could go on.
If I was stranded on a desert island and could have one musician to listen to it would be Van the Man.
Who else out there loves Van Morrison?