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Lit Up Inside: Van Morrison's Book of Lyrics

Dec 7, 2014

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

Aspenbeat Radio

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
Moondance
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.

Listen to the show here: