Today is Van Morrison's birthday. There is hardly a day that goes by that I don't listen to some Van the Man. No matter what I'm doing, listening to him puts me in a good mood. I like to put him on when I'm grading papers - it helps mellow me out. Here is one of my favorite Morrison songs, Tupelo Honey.
And here's one more - the performance that stole the show in The Band's valedictory concert, Van performing "Caravan" in The Last Waltz. We saw that movie on our honeymoon. It was amazing how Van could outshine such stars as Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, but there was no doubt that he was the true highlight of that movie.
That will get you going this morning no matter what is on your schedule. In fact, I'm primed now to finish grading the tests my students took yesterday.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Morrison, and thank you for all the pleasure I've received over the years listening to your music.