I am definitely in favor of more recognition for the genius that is Van Morrison. He is so highly underrated. He has so many songs that you know, but you don't recognize as his. I would argue that he has the best voice for real music out of any artist in history. His unique blend of blues alongside some very early grunge rock make him different from any other artist. I decided awhile ago that "Dancing in the Moonlight" needs to be the first song I dance to alongside my wife at my wedding. The man is just a fantastic storyteller. His imagination is in direct correaltion with what the soul desires in music. The man is a recluse and he doesn't crave the limelight. In the words of Peter Krauss, "Van doesn't care about performing, he's an artist. He doesn't tour because all he cares about is good music." Think about some of the great Van Morrison songs... "Moondance", "Brown Eyed Girl", "Dancing in the Moonlight", "Domino", "Caravan", "Gloria", "And it Stoned Me", "Crazy Love", "Have I Told You Lately" and so much more. Peter Krauss just had another revelation, "There is no way someone can cover Van Morrison. No one does it better than him." And he's totally right that covers on albums = total garbage. Now, impromptu covers at concerts = sweet. Like moe. covered Blue Oyster Cult's Godzilla and that was unbelievable.
Well, that was a sweet rant. Music is the shit.