Alone & Forsaken: Van Morrison’s T.B. Blues

T.B. Sheets

The cool room “The purpose of rhythm, it has always seemed to me … is to prolong the moment of contemplation … by hushing it with an alluring monotony.” — William Butler Yeats, The Symbolism of Poetry “Oh Lord” — Van Morrison, “T.B. Sheets” In the fall of 1967, an … → read more

Linden Arden Takes the Stage

Linden Arden

We rarely give more than one week to a song so young and as so closely identified with just one artist as “Linden Arden Stole the Highlights.” Our post last week on this Van Morrison song struck a chord with our readers. One re-posted it with the comment: “I’ve always loved this … → read more

Linden Arden and the Belfast Cowboy

Linden Arden

“Linden Arden Stole the Highlights” Van Morrison’s album Veedon Fleece (1974) on which today’s song appears, represents a bookend to an artistic period in his career; a period that began with his seminal Astral Weeks (1968). Songwriter Glen Hansard once commented to NPR that Astral Weeks made him “realize that so much of what makes music great … → read more

Frankie and Albert

The Frankie and Johnny mural in the House Lounge at the Missouri State Capitol “Frankie and Johnny” or “Frankie and Albert” is the most popular and commercially successful murder ballad.  I can’t think of a song that really comes remotely close.  “Frankie,” “Frankie and Albert,” “Frankie and Johnny,” and a … → read more