Van Morrison’s new album, Keep It Simple, is as wonderful as you could hope for. He hasn’t lost his chops, and though his voice may have deepened a tad or perhaps just mellowed, it is to no ill effect. The sound of the disc is gentle and soulful, rather than intense–perfect for rainy spring days.
Peruse his back catalog at his website to soak in the iconographic heft of Van the Man. Glen Hansard humbly and sincerely acknowledges “the greatest Irish songwriter that ever lived” in the preamble to The Swell Season’s cover of Into the Mystic (download or stream at my Bonnaroo Muxtape).
Mmmmmm … now for the YouTubes! Oh, wait, there are none. Well, good for him and bad for you. Go rent The Last Waltz and let him dazzle you with a rendition of Caravan backed by The Band (looking dapper and showing some chest in a tight rhinestone jumpsuit, if memory serves).