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I picked up Van Morrison's latest "Three Chords and the Truth".  Van seems to release a new record every couple of months.   He has a great journeyman band and kick out lots of good tunes, I like his stuff. 

Anyway, Van has done so much spiritual stuff, "Kingdom Hall", "Bright Side of the Road", Wonderful Remark", "Whenever God Shines His Light".   When I saw the title, I thought it might be a gospel or spiritual record, something inspirational and loving.  Rather than describing this record, I think the titles of the songs will suffice:

"Bags Under My Eyes", "Read Between the Lines", "Stop Falling Apart", "Fame Will Eat the Soul", "Nobody In Charge"

The record is full of delicious cynicism and irony.  It's just great and a little funny.  I couldn't be happier to have assumed wrong.  I think it's pretty good, this one and another recent album, "Roll With The Punches".

So I am taking a vacation in Feb for my first time in Vegas.  Have tickets to see Van.   The Vegas deal is kinda of a runaround since the good tickets are comp'd to the rollers (not me), I should've "read between the lines". 

 

 

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Van's 'Into the mystic' is in my all time top 5 ... maybe 3. Glen Hansard of Swell Season covers it nicely ....

 

Van fans..... , Glen meets Van for the first time ... pretty cool story

 

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The passion in that interview is such a delight! Thanks, fg!

I wish I had a better track of this song to post, but it was recorded in The Netherlands, so --> it rates! <--- (and there is a blue dress involved . . . .)

Fred Eaglesmith "That Old Machine", I am sure was written about my Sport . . . (and me) . . .

 

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Wow, biesel, I did not know Neil Peart had passed (September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020) . . . .

What a drummer, and a true motorcyclist.

:notworthy:  R.I.P. , Neil . . .

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Yes ... a genius, the Profressor and it seems that he was a kind soul and a totally down-to-earth guy.

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and today Geddy & Alex posted:

Our most heartfelt thanks go out to family, friends, musicians, writers and fans from around the globe for the incredible outpouring of love and respect for Neil since his passing. These touching tributes help to lessen the pain of this terrible loss and remind us all to celebrate his remarkable life and our connections to it. - Geddy & Alex

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A dear friend, fellow motorcyclist, and talented drummer shared this full length video with me.  Neil Peart's interview, and performance, near the last of the video is stunning. There are even motorcycles about 1:30:30 . . .

Masters of Resonance

 

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Raise a glass of The Macallan to Neil.

 

The Ghost Rider

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My brother is a huge fan.  He loaned me the "Ghost Rider book which is really good IMO.   He and I went to see them in concert.  I had a hard time figuring out the "amps" that Geddy was playing.  It was big bank of glassed boxes with something spinning in them(?).  And I finally got it,  they were huge chicken rotisseries, probably cooking a hundred chickens during the show.

After the show, we sprung for some Macallan since that was Neil's drink.

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wow, biesel, that 2012 Niel Peart interview . . .

" . . . strength, power, speed, and the subtle control of time . . ."

What an articulate, well spoken gentlemen. That statement (about musicianship while drumming/performing) strikes me as applicable to so much that we choose in life.

Certainly motorcycling.

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Docc, "Ghost Rider" is a well written, human and touching book.  Motorcycling through grief.

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12 hours ago, LowRyter said:

Docc, "Ghost Rider" is a well written, human and touching book.  Motorcycling through grief.

A good read, as I recall. I must have borrowed it as I don't see it on the shelf . . .

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We took off to Vegas a few days ago and saw Van Morrison last night.  I am too tired to post any photos.  Great show, 9 piece band.  I've listened to Van for 50 years and despite hearing sax on all his records, I didnt know he played the sax.  Great music.  Some of the good ones, "Baby, Please Don't Go/Roll with the Punches", "Wild Night", "Three Chords and the Truth", "Cleaning Windows", ""Broken Record", Brown Eyed Girl", and jam version of "Gloria" with Van leaving and everyone doing a solo.  No encore.  Played perhaps a couple dozen songs over an hour and half.

Caesars' Palace, great acoustics, little leg room.  

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