Moondance ~ Van Morrison

Van Morrison is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a professional musician since the late 1950s. He plays a variety of instruments, including the guitar, harmonica, keyboards, drums, and saxophone. Featuring his characteristic growl-a unique mix of folk, blues, soul, jazz, gospel, and Ulster Scots Celtic influences-Morrison is widely considered one of the most unusual and influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll. Critic Greil Marcus has gone so far as to say that “no white man sings like Van Morrison.

Known as “Van the Man” by his fans, Morrison first rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Northern Irish band Them, writing their 1964 garage rock classic hit, “Gloria”. A few years later, Morrison left the band and embarked on a successful solo career.

Morrison has pursued an idiosyncratic musical path. Much of his music is tightly structured around the conventions of American soul and R&B, such as the popular singles, “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Moondance”, “Domino” and “Wild Night”. An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as his classic album Astral Weeks and lesser known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One.The two strains together are sometimes referred to as “Celtic Soul”.

Moondance

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Well, it’s a marvelous night for a Moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

Can I just have one a’ more Moondance with you, my love
Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love

Well, I wanna make love to you tonight
I can’t wait ’til the morning has come
And I know that the time is just right
And straight into my arms you will run
And when you come my heart will be waiting
To make sure that you’re never alone
There and then all my dreams will come true, dear
There and then I will make you my own
And every time I touch you, you just tremble inside
And I know how much you want me that you can’t hide

Can I just have one a’ more Moondance with you, my love
Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love

Well, it’s a marvelous night for a Moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

One more Moondance with you in the moonlight
On a magic night
La, la, la, la in the moonlight
On a magic night
Can I just have one more moon dance with a-you
My love.

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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

5 thoughts on “Moondance ~ Van Morrison

  1. always been a Van Morrison fan…..although the only album I own is Astral Weeks. He had some outstanding musicians on that album….notably drummer Connie Kay from the Modern Jazz Quartet. If I’m not mistaken, I believe that Ron Carter played bass on a couple of tracks as well….The song Ballerina is my favorite Morrison song, puts me in a trance every time I listen to it..

    really good stuff.

    Keep up the good work Dave, and thanks for the music

  2. Oh, I have some more Van Morrison songs for you. Unfortunately, with the Warner Brothers Group (WBG) trying to strongarm YouTube over posting their affiliated music videos, it is getting harder and harder to find the old original stuff.

    So I have to make my own, like this video and the one I am posting tonight of The Spinners (I’ll be Around).

  3. Cool, I like the Spinners as well…..

    They never really sold out to the disco craze like so many of the other soul/funk groups in the 70′s, they did an album called Mighty Love that has some of the best soul ballads I’ve ever heard. One song in particular that got a lot of airplay on the local jazz station in Denver is called “Since You’ve Been Gone”, it’s beautiful and one of my all time favorites of that genre…

    I was also a HUGE fan of the Ohio Players before they went mainstream, their early albums are some of the grittiest dirtiest funk music ever. George Clinton was also another favorite.

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