ASPENBEAT RADIO: New Music plus Van Morrison

Broadcast on Aspen Public Radio
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Host: Andrea Young

The lyrics in this book span 50 years of writing and as such are representative of my creative journey“– Van Morrison

Aspenbeat’s show this weekend included a selection of tunes by Van Morrison.  That’s because publishing company City Lights recently(10/28/14) released a fascinating book (especially if you’re a Van Morrison fan)  of Morrison’s lyrics called ‘Lit Up Inside‘.   The book collects the lyrics of about 100 songs chosen by Morrison himself from his 50-year, 34-album career.

The list of  100 songs included in the book is in and of itself worthy of review.  They include the expected ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ and ‘Moondance’, but also much lesser known compositions such as ‘Choppin Wood’, ‘Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)’ and ‘Alan Watts Blues’.

The best part of the book is it immediately reconnects you with Morrison’s amazing songwriting and performing talent.  And who wouldn’t want to know which songs mean the most to someone of the stature and fame of Morrison.

Are you on Spotify?  Aspenbeat put together a handy Van Morrison playlist that includes any of the 100 songs that are available on Spotify (there are about 35 available right now):  Van Morrison – Music of Lit Up Inside. 

Aspenbeat Radio Show Playlist Picks: (all songs are included in the book)
Gloria (as covered by Shadows of Knight)
Choppin Wood
Bright Side of the Road
Days Like This
Someone Like You
Into The Mystic

The first half of Aspenbeat’s show showcased new music by Randy Haddock, The New Basement Tapes (Marcus Mumford), Ari Herstand, Dr. John, memoryfield, Ryan Hemsworth, Bruno Merz and David Rosen, along with some vintage Cheech and Chong.

Featured Lyrics:

Little darlin’, come with me
Won’t you help me share my load
From the dark end of the street
To the bright side of the road

Read more: Van Morrison – Bright Side Of The Road Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Listen to the show here:

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST New Music plus Van Morrison Dec 6 14

PLAYLIST (in order of play):
Randy Haddock – Seven Miles
The New Basement Tapes – When I Get My Hands On You
Ari Herstand – Keep Fighting
Dr. John – Let ‘Em In
memoryfield – Space Oddity
Ryan Hemsworth – Snow in Newark
Bruno Merz – Into The Air
David Rosen – If Only Tonight I Could Sleep
Cheech & Chong – Dave
Shadows of Knight – Gloria
Van Morrison – (songs from ‘Lit Up Inside’) Choppin Wood, Bright Side of the Road, Moondance, Days Like This, Someone Like You, Into The Mystic



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ASPENBEAT RADIO: New Music plus Van Morrison
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