Caledonia Soul Music (High Quality)


Caledonia Soul Music at its proper length/speed.

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Caledonia Soul Music at its proper length/speed.

We bring this article forward today from 2019 to February 02, 2021 (ground-hog day) Van’s Caledonia Soul Music, thanks to our friends at Vizieroframbling-for this super HD quality version. Listen all the way through on your best AirPods, headphones or speakers. This track is the best example of vanTransdencent you can find. Let it flow like sweet healing water over your soul. Do you feel the gentle current flowing through your mindstream? Let it be like honey that sweetens the edges and crannies. Remove your negative nancies. No more worries in the Van that is moving over and through.

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Van Morrison – You’re My Woman


Van Morrison, ‘Tupelo Honey’ (1971) 5. You’re My Woman



Van Morrison Tupelo Honey
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Astral Weeks (2015 Remaster)

Engineer: Brooks Arthur Drums: Connie Kay Guitar: Jay Berliner Flute: John Payne Remastering Engineer: Kevin Gray String Arranger: Larry Fallon Conductor: Larry Fallon Producer: Lewis Merenstein Double Bass: Richard Davis Acoustic Guitar: Van Morrison Vocals: Van Morrison Percussion, Vibraphone: Warren Smith Jr. Writer: Van Morrison
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Provided to YouTube by Rhino/Warner Records Astral Weeks (2015 Remaster) · Van Morrison Astral Weeks (Expanded Edition) ℗ 1969 Warner Records Inc. Remastered 2015 Rhino Entertainment Company
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Van Morrison – On Hyndford Street (Live from Cyprus Avenue, Belfast) scotinulster
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Van Morrison – On Hyndford Street (Live from Cyprus Avenue, Belfast)

On 31st August 2015, to celebrate his 70th birthday Van played a live gig on Cyprus Avenue in his native Belfast, Northern Ireland as part of the Eastside Arts Festival. The middle-class suburban Cyprus Avenue was made famous in his song of the same name on the Astral Weeks album. Van was born in a small house in the working-class Hyndford Street, just a few blocks away from the Avenue.
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Van Morrison – Whenever God Shines His Light

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Van Morrison – Listen to the Lion (full version)

Van Morrison – Listen to the Lion Van Morrison – “Listen to the Lion”, taken from his sixth solo album Saint Dominic’s Preview (July 1972 Warner Bros). “Listen to the Lion” was first recorded during the sessions for Morrison’s third solo album Moondance in 1969 but not used. The longer eleven-minute version that is featured on the Saint Dominic’s Preview album was recorded during the 1971 sessions at the Columbia Studios in San Francisco and intended for the album Tupelo Honey. I find “Listen to the Lion” uplifting, and heartbreaking at the same time. Van confronts all his dreams, all his doubts, and all of the tangled web of the Celtic diaspora and mysticism and emerges triumphant. It’s almost a hymn. I like to hear a CS Lewis Lion (Aslan) in this song. This song is one of the defining tracks of Morrison’s career, comparing it with works such as “The Garden”, “Into the Mystic”, and “You Don’t Pull No Punches, But You Don’t Push the River”. Photographs: Dorothea Lange and Russell Lee Band: Van Morrison — vocals, guitar,backing vocals Ronnie Montrose — guitar, backing vocals Mark Jordan — piano Bill Church — bass Connie Kay — drums Garry Mallaber — percussion, vibraphone “Boots” Rolf Houston — backing vocals Lyrics: And all my love come down All my love come tumblin’ down All my love come tumblin’ down All my love come tumblin’ down Oh, listen listen To the lion Oh, listen listen listen To the lion… Inside of me Oh, oh, oh And I shall search my soul I shall search my very soul And I shall search my very soul I shall search my very so-o-oul For the lion For the lion For the lion For the lion… Inside of me Oh, oh, yeah And all my tears have flown All my tears like water flown And all my tears like water flown All my tears like-a water flown For the lion For the lion For the lion For the lion… Inside of me Listen to the lion [14 times] And we sailed, and we sailed… And we sailed, and we sailed… And we sailed, and we sailed… … sailed to Caledonia And we sailed, and we sailed, And we sailed, and we sailed, and we sailed… Away from Denmark Way up to Caledonia Away from Denmark Way up to Caledonia And we sailed, and we sailed, and we sailed… All around the World And we sailed…, and we sailed…, and we sailed… Looking for a brand new start And we sailed… And we sailed, and we sailed… All around the World … a brand new start Looking for a brand new start Looking for a brand new start Looking for a brand new start And we sailed, and we sailed, and we sailed… And we sailed… Away from the Golden Gate Way up to the New York City

Van Morrison – Listen To The Lion – 6/18/1980 – Montreux (OFFICIAL)Van Morrison on MV

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Into the Mystic (scat version)

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  Van Morrison – Dark Night Of The Soul (Audio) New Music from Van the man. A surprise to all his fans, Van is back to his soulful roots-which is the conventional interpretation. My thoughts are that he never left his soulful roots behind. A musician of his talent puts the fullness of his creation into all that he does.



Van Morrison – Interview – 7/29/1974 – Orphanage, San Francisco, CA (OFFICIAL)

Transcendent Music from Van


This August 2018 article is coming up today as the result of a Youtube recommendation.   This Edinburgh crime author, Ian Rankin’s interview of Van is the best I have watched, most likely due to the common Belfast connection and mutual Artistic respect of Mr. Rankin and Van Morrison.   Anyone who has followed the old curmudgeon interviews over the course of Van’s career witness how low he regards talking about his artistry and process.   Van is better enjoyed for his music than his treatment of the music press.   The music industry, including the music press,  for Artists like Van, doesn’t hold much in the way of positive regard.   Truth be told, many of us enjoy his ill-mannered ways.    Watch the interview below and you will either be unpleasantly or pleasantly surprised by his respectful and outright friendly demeanor towards interviewer Ian Rankin.

  1. a bad-tempered person, especially an old one.

Van Morrison – Keep Me Singing (EPK)

We all have songs that bring us to a higher place than lust, passion or garden variety heart longing.  Recently I opened up a box of CDs, in storage for the last 3 years, including Van “Tupelo Honey”.   If you enjoy Van’s music, meaning you have a heart and decent hearing, there are seminal recordings with transcendent tracks like this one, “You’re my woman”,  from Tupelo Honey.
I recall this song from prior listenings yet it did not have quite the same affect in my early 20’s as it just did today, post age 50, with a few extra years of life experience under my belt.  “You’re my woman” has been a feature on more than a few first dances at wedding receptions since its release.  Listen with beginner’s ear even if you listened to this track 100,005 times before.

Today I truly heard, “and all our friends came thru..” with clarity.

Transcendent? A resounding YES for me. No song better captures “pure”  heart love than this one. Let me know what you think in the comments below this post.  How about the alchemy of musical genres in one composition (folk, r&b, jazz, gospel) alone?  For the uninitiated few, heretofore not introduced to the early works of Van, look next to Astral Weeks, then Into the Mystic.  Cds are available for purchase in this post.  Astral Weeks is a graduate course in musical transcendence and it was recorded back in 1969.

Taped 333-feet below ground, deep inside Tennessee's Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part "musical adventure" series features both well-established and top emerging artists within the broad spectrum of Bluegrass, Jamgrass, Roots &Americana genres. Singer/violinist Andrew Bird has brightened the national Alternative scene for more than 15 years. With his unique indie-folk rock and a cameo performance by Tift Merritt, "Danse Caribe" from Episode Two of BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND Season Three is a brilliant sample from a most unpredictable show (in the best way, of course).

Andrew Bird's "Danse Caribe" on BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND (PBS)



Danse Caribe lyrics



You were a shameless child
Bandied by stiff cross currents
Anything but mild
Yes and no just simply weren't
Invented yet
Oh yes oh no
Then one day you'd had it
Exiled your close advisers
Ousted your dog-eared rabbits
You're through with pacifiers
You're through with pacifiers now
Here we go mistaking clouds for mountains
Here's the thing that brings the sparrows to the fountains
Here's the thing that makes you run for the highlands
Here we go mistaking clouds for mountains

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Andrew Wegman Bird
Danse Caribe lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing