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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

V is for Van Morrison

Known as "Van the Man" by his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a young teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments, including the guitar, harmonica, keyboards, and saxophone, in a range of Irish showbands who covered the popular hits of the day, before rising to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the gritty Northern Irish R&B band Them with whom he recorded the garage band classic, "Gloria". His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. After Berns' death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him several sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968. Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially poorly received; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist, and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received; sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968. (from Wikipedia)

You can read more about Van Morrison here when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. I can remember dancing to Van Morrison's hits back in the mid to late 60s when I was attending university. My favourites were "Gloria" and "Brown-Eyed Girl." But I'd forgotten all about him until my sweetie brought over one particular CD that has become one of our favourites. It was produced in 1998 and is entitled "Van Morrison * Poetic Champions Compose." I think we'll probably have one of the songs on this album for our first dance when we eventually get married - it's called "Someone Like You." For a taste of Van Morrison singing this song, click here and go to the top right of the page:

I've been searching a long time
For someone exactly like you
I've been travelling all around the world
Waiting for you to come through.

Someone like you makes it
All worth while
Someone like you keeps
Me satisfied.
Someone exactlyLike you.

I've been travellin' a hard road
Lookin' for someone exactly like you
I've been carryin' my heavy load
Waiting for the light to come
Shining through.

Someone like you makes it
All worth while
Someone like you keeps
Me satisfied.
Someone exactlyLike you.

I've been doin' some soul searching
To find out where you're at
I've been up and down the highway
In all kinds of foreign lands

Someone like you... [etc.]

I've been all around the world
Marching to the beat of a different
But just lately I have
The best is yet to come.

Someone like you... [etc.]


RuneE said...

That was one I didn't think of - and I have him with The Chieftains! Well done.

Dragonstar said...

Fine post Leslie! I haven't been over here for a bit - my visiting time has been rather lacking recently - but I've been wanting to tell you how happy I am for you, and to wish you all the happiness there is.

photowannabe said...

What perfect words Leslie. Its the kind of song that makes you happy to have Someone Like You.

Jo said...

That is my all-time favorite song. I did a post on it once, complete with the video.

I think Leslie is in luuuuvvvv.


♥ Clarice.

Sherrie said...

Great "V" post! I love Brown Eyed Girl, wonderful song! Have a great evening!


Jay said...

I've never really got into Van Morrisson, though I know he has a huge fanbase is is greatly revered. I do remember Gloria though, and also Comfortably Numb which I kind of like. Good post though, and it made me go and look at the videos and listen to some too! Always good to broaden your horizons. :)

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