required listening

i couldn’t live without astral weeks. it’s one of those albums you listen to and can’t explain what is it about it that grabs your attention.  is it the mood?  is it the songwriting?  is it the voice?  it’s slow and undefinable.  it’s vulnerable.  when it came out in 1968, the critics adored it, but the public ignored it.  40+ years later you can find it on the list of best albums ever made (it sits #19 on rolling stones list).  i find myself pulling it out at the beginning of spring and listening to it the whole way through several times.  “sweet thing” is and will always be my favorite van morrison song.  a close second is “cyprus avenue.”  if you’re looking for the perfect transition music from winter to spring, throw on astral weeks, fix yourself a nice drink, and get lost.

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