"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Birthday Today - Van Morrison

It's Van Morrison's 66th birthday today.   Has there ever been a better, more soulful rock and roll singer?   I doubt it.   Stevie Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band once said that Morrison's late 1960s album Astral Weeks "was like a religion to us."    Here's Morrison doing a great song from that album, "Ballerina," live in Montreaux in 1980:

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