It's time for another installment of
Each Tuesday, I will try to post a song from my playlist. These are songs that would be on a soundtrack of my life. I hope you enjoy them.
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Caravan - Van Morrison
This song is many things. It is a car ride with the windows down and a light breeze flowing through your fingers. It's a night on the patio with friends and a brisk chill in the air. This song is a celebration.
Van Morrison is one of the all time greatest singers in rock n' roll history. From Ireland, he sings every note with passion and soul. This song is so good by itself, but this particular version is enhanced by Van's backing band, one of my favorite groups, The Band. This clip is taken from the concert film, The Last Waltz, directed by Martin Scorsese.
The drums. The brass section. The voice. Oh, that voice.
Much of today's current popular music contains no soul. The music is electronic. The voices are distorted with effects. It has to be so perfect and over-produced. As a result, it becomes watered down, muffled and bland. So much of our art and culture is meant to appeal to the masses, which means it can't be too passionate or remarkable or extreme. It has to be in the middle where there's something for everyone to like.
We need some game-changers. Van Morrison was a game-changer. Sometimes ideas need to be radical or drastic. They need to not fit in a box and appeal to everyone. Music, art, ideas-they need to be big, bold and command the stage.
"And the caravan has all my friends
It will stay with me until the end
Gypsy Robin, Sweet Emma Rose
Tell me everything I need to know."