Van Morrison Speaks

With his latest album, Astral Weeks Live: Live At The Hollywood Bowl, hitting stores today, the Irish bard sat down with The Village Voice‘s Scott Foundas to offer some insight on his craft, and everybody’s favorite Van Morrison record.


Van the Man is not someone who sits for a lot of interviews. In fact, he’s not a fan of biographies, websites devoted to him, or appearing on TV either.

Van Morrison would generally prefer to be left alone.

But with his latest album, Astral Weeks Live: Live At The Hollywood Bowl, hitting stores today, the Irish bard sat down with The Village Voice’s Scott Foundas to offer some insight on his craft, and everybody’s favorite Van Morrison record.

“If you study psychology and philosophy, and you look at various types of religion, what you find out is that people call this these different names,” Morrison says on the subject of healing, a frequent lyrical muse. “Carl Jung would look at it one way, and Alfred Adler would look at it another way. Aristotle would maybe look at it a different way, Sartre would look at it some other way, and Beckett would look at it a different way. If you go through all this, what I end up with is energy, and I can’t name it, and no one can really say what this energy is. So the healing thing is tapping into that energy, because I can’t find a name for it, and I can’t find it in any books. There was a time when I read everything I could get my hands on because I was looking to find out what this is-is anybody writing about this energy? And not really.”

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