**This class will be taught on Zoom**
“No white man sings like Van Morrison,” says music critic Greil Marcus. Nearly 80, the Belfast-born, two-time Grammy winner has given his fans 60 albums, 80 singles, and thousands of live performances. Known for “Celtic soul” -- a fusion of blues, soul, R&B, jazz, rock and Celtic lyricism -- no other musician-songwriter has plumbed such a rich, rooted and spiritual vein. Drawing upon ancient bardic tradition, Van the Man shows how poetry and music have never been so intimately intertwined. With a focus on his poetic champions and artistry, musicianship, key themes, and collaborators, the journey will take us into both the mundane and the mystic.
Week by Week Outline (6-WEEK ONLINE CLASS)
[The class session titles are using titles of Van’s songs.]
1 GOT TO GO BACK
Childhood and youth in Belfast and Ireland
Dad’s records! Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Hank Williams, jazz and more!
A working-man in his prime cleaning windows
3 NO GURU, NO METHOD, NO TEACHER
4 A COUNTRY THAT OPERATES ALONG ENTIRELY DIFFERENT LINES
5 THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION
- Realm of influence on rock/pop/soul music
- Over 60 albums, 80 singles