You gotta fight every day to keep mediocrity at bay...
Singing is my profession - there is no plan B. Van Morr
You take stuff from different places, and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes, not because it makes sense.
I write songs. Then I record them. And later, maybe I perform them on stage. That's what I do. That's my job. Simple. I don't feel comfortable doing interviews. My profession is music, and writing songs. I like to do it, but I hate to talk about it...Music is spiritual. The music business is not. Be
Enlightenment, don't know what it is. It's up to you, the way you think.
His sound was stunning -- it was the blues, it was R&B, it was gospel, it was swing -- it was all the stuff I was listening to before that but rolled into one amazing, soulful thing.
Skiffle was blues featuring a washboard and acoustic instruments. It encompassed blues, with elements of folk, jazz, and, at times, American country-and-western music.
Once in a blue moon someone like you comes along.
I put out records to this day that are not necessarily in a sequence of anything. Some could be written a while back, some not. There is no set pattern.
My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week. And that's what I'm doing. Van Morriso
If it's what you do and you can do it, then you do it.
Into the Music was about the first album where I felt, 'I'm starting here'...the Wavelength thing, I didn't really feel that was me.
I forgot that love existed, troubled in my mind. Heartache after heartache, worried all the time. I forgot that love existed Then I saw the light Everyone around me make everything alright.
[In] I Forgot That Love Existed, ... If my heart could do the thinking/ And my head begin to feel/ Then I'd look upon the world anew/ And know what's truly real.
You learn to read the audiences after a while, and there are all different kinds of gigs. Van Morriso
Let your soul and spirit fly.
Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat.
The first piece of music that captured my imagination was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport.
Spiritual hunger and spiritual thirst But you got to change it On the inside first To be satisfied
Enlightenment says the world is nothing Nothing but a dream, everything's an illusion And nothing is real.
I'm very lucky, I'm happy with life because my experiences led me to do what I had to do. I don't have any regrets whatsoever.
When all the dark clouds roll away And the sun begins to shine I see my freedom from across the way And it comes right in on time Well it shines so bright and it gives so much light And it comes from the sky above Makes me feel so free makes me feel like me And lights my life with love.
I am about the arrangements and the layers of depth in the music.
Sometimes, when the spirit moves me I can do many wondrous things I wanna know when the spirit moves you Did ye get healed?
When it's not always raining there'll be days like this. When there's no one complaining there'll be days like this. When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch. Well my mama told me there'll be days like this.
A lot of people who were writing when I came through originally as a singer-songwriter have disappeared.
I always record far more than I can use. There's probably twice as much recorded as comes out.
The way I was singing the songs was jazz
There's an angel that's watching right over you All your trials have not been in vain Won't you lift your head up to the starry night Finding strength in the things that remain.
If you get into introspective blues or something where you're stretching out a bit, large audiences don't respond to this, so you have to give them what they want, basically.