Van Morrison

Food in Fiction: Hot Peas and Vinegar in ‘Two Gallants’

The addition of a condiment can sometimes turn an insubstantial side into a hearty supper. In James Joyce‘s ‘Two Gallants’, Lenehan stops at a shop for something to eat: ‘He paused at last before the window of a poor-looking shop over which the words Refreshment Bar were printed in white letters. On the glass of the window were two flying inscriptions: Ginger…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (August 2015)

With so much excellent music released over the short course of the past few weeks, Culturedarm’s songs of the month for August features largely new works and related compositions. July’s list and a couple of Cultureteca pieces discussed in turn Dr. Dre’s Compton and Robyn’s latest project as part of La Bagatelle Magique: both albums, appearing in full on 7 August, have continued to receive much listening time. In…

Daily Visual 31.08.15: Van Morrison Down On Cyprus Avenue

Today was Van Morrison’s 70th birthday, and he celebrated the occasion by performing two concerts on Cyprus Avenue, the leafy street in east Belfast made famous by his 1968 album Astral Weeks. The street provides the title for ‘Cyprus Avenue’, in whose anxiously surging seven minutes a man waits desperately for a glimpse of his ‘lady’, a fourteen-year-old girl with rainbow ribbons in…

Behind the Song: Van Morrison – ‘Crazy Love’

‘Crazy Love’ is the third track from Moondance, Van Morrison’s second proper solo release. Astral Weeks had appeared on Warner Bros. in November 1968; with Blowin’ Your Mind! a compilation of recordings Morrison had made for Bang Records, originally intended for release as four singles, but put out as an album in September 1967 by label head Bert Berns without Morrison’s consent. Morrison’s dispute…

Springtime in England: Instagram IX

gainst a context where there is springtime in both Alaska and Paris, in the Rockies, and for Hitler, but ‘Summertime in England’, ‘Springtime in England’ seems neither here nor there. Indeed, there are various odes to Paris in the spring; while the most memorable evocation tenuously pushing together England and the springtime – at least if you did ever hear about T….