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Re: (TV) a true classic though def.not"british"....
man, i'm gonna have to testify & weigh in here with my coupla cents on Astral
as a young college dropin/out playing with the possible realities that were
exploding all around me (thanks to rock & roll, literature, drugs & first sexual
experiences), i dug into that record with an almost insane vengeance....there's a
beauty & power in those grooves there's no way in hell i could ever articulate
with the language of this existence.
for more than a few months, my evening would revolve around lsd, pinball, william
blake & AW...(& the few girls i could concentrate on)....the following summer, i
read lester bangs' liner notes to a 2 record them comp i'd just purchased...he
referred often to AW...a little while later, i borrowed a copy of greil marcus'
STRANDED from the library & read lester's piece on AW....that evening i put AW on
& so began another torrential & nearly obsessive/compulsive affair with the damn
i haven't had such an intense relationship with the record since then, but i've
never had that kind of a connection with any other record EVER...
i can honestly say it informed ME, helped to make me....the desperation & desire &
awe morrison wrote & sang of...oh man, it's truly ineffable.
i sing to you, van morrison...as much of a weirdo & creep you may have become (so
they say)...you blew the lids off my eyes & heart.
Michael Carlucci wrote:
> Back to the original comment about Van Morrison's music being akin to
> Elevator music. Astral Weeks being played in an elevator would be one hell
> of a ride, one that I'd take any time. Steely Dan I can understand, but Van,
> -like Dylan, Lou Reed, & Tim Buckley-is about emotions. He/they have nothing
> to do with studio technique. If TB Sheets(the song) doesn't send shivers
> down yer spine you might wanna have your pulse checked out. M T C
> >> The only LP I might have questions about is Van's "Astral Weeks". Not
> > in it's brilliance but in it's being a British album.
> > Too true...Astral Weeks might well have been recorded by an irishman in the
> > USA with
> > american musicians but this is truly uplifting,soulful and universal music.
> > On a recent trip back to my homeland a week or so ago I was finally able to
> > visit Cypress
> > Avenue in Belfast for the first time.Incredibly this part of the city has
> > remained totally unspoiled
> > and free from any of the ravages and destruction of the last 30 odd troubled
> > years.
> > Being right there on that very "avenue of trees"was actually quite a
> > dreamlike,magical experience for me- it was such a beautiful,sunlit spring
> > day and I felt like I had stepped back in time briefly to a safer,more
> > innocent era...it made quite an impresssion on me....
> > Also when I was younger I once met a very unconventionally pretty and
> > enigmatic lady on the
> > ferry from Ireland to England who befriended me as I was travelling
> > alone.During the course of our conversation and time spent together
> > on the crossing she intimated in a very subtle and clever way that she might
> > indeed have been the subject,muse and inspiration for Van's
> > masterpiece.I certainly had no reason to ever disbelieve her-in any case why
> > would someone want to lie about such a thing?-mysteriously though she never
> > did tell me her name...
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