I’ve long been a fan of Van Morrison. I don’t want to sound like a pussy or nothin’, but I find his music very soothing, spiritual and incredibly emotional. I can’t tell you which is his best album or even his best style. (He’s changed so much over the years.) I loved the albums “Days Like This” and “The Healing Game” that came out in the mid-90s, and when I saw him live at this time (at Randall’s Island) I was convinced I’d never see a better live concert.
Anyway, for those that just know him from the hits, you should dig up an early album called “Saint Dominic’s Preview.” On it is a song also called “Saint Dominic’s Preview” that might just be the best individual track he ever recorded. I don’t know why it wasn’t a hit.
I first heard this song when I was, say, 18 or 19 and it instantly takes me back to that time. I can’t say I know what the hell he is talking about (why would a Saint have a preview?) and I never bothered to investigate. The specifics of the lyrics are much less important to me than the generalities of the emotion in the singing and the song.
I was lucky enough to find the song online here. Tell me if you agree.