There are many rumours about Van the man, especially in Ireland. He's said to be reticent, bordering on rude, a loner, mysterious. Today is his birthday.
This one's a true story, I swear. A cousin of a friend of a friend told me this many years ago. And he must know, he's from Belfast:
Before he became famous Van Morrison once met said cousin in a local pub and the two started talking about a tricky boiler
repair job when they were interrupted. Van Morrison left the pub and
subsequently his career took off, fame etc. Many years later, said cousin met him by chance at a function and Van Morrison's first words
were "About that boiler . . . ".
Anyway, in my family, we have favourite songs.
This used to be my daughter's favourite when she was a young teenager, becasue she always likes a good story and as usual, there's a story behind this song (beautifully explained in Thom Hickey's blog):
This is R's favourite because it brings back memories, he says, of listening to the radio while waiting at the hairdresser's as a secondary school boy:
This is my favourite because it reminds me of a special day in Connemara:
And this is an extra just for the fun of it: