There is certainly no need to embellish or imagine when presented with the task of writing about Van Morrison. He is legendary and yet he is very real. I guess that’s the essence of Van Morrison, born George Ivan Morrison, August 31, 1945. He’s both mystical and real. His music is today and always has been the extension of his soul on a raw and fundamental talent such as we rarely see in this world. Its list of references and certifications is simply disheartening. Van Morrison has amassed a collection of music unrivaled in all recorded history. He accomplished things in the musical world that had never been done before. His legacy is to have influenced all successive generations of musicians and songwriters of all genres, today and for many years to come. Van Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1993) and the Song Writers Hall of Fame (2007). Rolling Stone magazine ranked him twenty-fourth out of 100 greatest singers of all time in the November 2008 list.
Mr. Ivan Morrison is the master of the poetic phrase full of esoteric allusions. While some may think these are meant for a few, the whole world may be different. He added to his list of accomplishments, blues and R&B. His accomplishments also include pop, jazz, rock, folk, country, gospel, Irish and traditional folk, big band, new age and classical music. I told you it was intimidating.
Oddly enough, Van Morrison worked with another legendary master of the esoteric vintage – Roger Waters. Morrison played “Pink” a character in the 1990 release of “The Wall” which was produced by Roger and his longtime friend Ken O’Neill. True to form, Rogers and Morrison create an epic event. Roger Waters leads a star cast in a colossal performance of his acclaimed concept. The wall was produced in support of the War Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief. The setting is Berlin, Germany, less than a year after the destruction of the hated Berlin Wall. It’s a great example of the kind of work he immerses himself in. The very original and influential ideas that developed future events are his hallmark.