==== ====Van Morrison plays a Renaissance guitar. Shouldnt you?www.nocalguitars.com==== ====Here I am gazing on the Web for extraordinary witnesses of enlightenment yet very popular in theentertainment realm, so that at least everybody that read newagenotebook.com could say "hey,Ive seen or heard that person!" As my research focuses randomly on any performer from our time,some pages choose to cite the art of singer Van Morrison.His work is thoughtful, often spiritual in nature, and combines elements of jazz , R&B , Celtictraditions, and stream-of-consciousness lyrics.Van Morrison was born in Belfast , Northern Ireland , in 1935 and was named George IvanMorrison. Better known as the Celtic sorcerer, Morrison began playing different instruments andcomposing songs in an Irish band during his teen years. His musical heritage was inevitable sinceh e was exposed to music from an early age with his father collecting American jazz albums andhis mother being a singer.Journalists have described Morrison as one of the most serious singers with high moral values,something that lacks in the music business. His lyrics and music are influenced on the works ofpoet and New Age prophet William Blake, Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac, J.D. Salinger,occult and spiritualist poet W.B. Yeats, Alice Bailey, and of many other religious visionaries. Thoseauthors add mythic powers to Morrisons singular musical vision and his articulation of emotionaltruths.Astral Weeks was his first album after he moved to America . It gained good reviews from critics.Rolling Stone magazine once reported that a man claimed to see God while listening to this albumunder the influence of nitrous oxide . If you listen to the record youll notice that the artist uses aform of symbolism instead of current narrative. Very much like using spiritual images because theyare stronger than words. And this work was released in the late 1960s, when a New Ageconsciousness was spreading in the U.S.His idiosyncratic and spiritual musical path has lead him to create more than 30 albums, amongthem are Moondance, Tupelo Honey, A Period of Transition, Beautiful Vision, No Guru- NoMethod- No teacher, Irish Heartbeat, Avalon Sunset, Enlightenment, Days Like This, and TheHealing Games.On his official site, Alan Pert sums up Morrisons spiritual exploring on the album Days Like This."Morrison continues his lifelong exploration of the human psyche, offering up highly entertainingand danceable tunes about everything from love to manic depression.While all of Morrisons albums from the early 1990s had expressed a desire to go back tochildhood and early adolescence when "everything made more sense" and he was most capable
of experiencing the elusive "sense of wonder," the memory in "Ancient Highway" is of being older,of feeling isolated and restless, of needing to leave home and childhood behind forever, and he isafraid of failure: "I keeping praying to my higher self, dont let me down..."Extract of the Ancient Highway" Theres a small cafe on the outskirts of townIll be there when the sun goes downWhere the roadside bendsAnd it twists and turnsEvery new generationAnd Ill be praying to my higher selfDont let me down, keep my feet on the groundTheres a roadside jam playin on the edge of townIn a town called Paradise near the ancient highwayWhen the train whistle blowsAll the sadness that Hank Williams knowsAnd the river flowsCall them pagan streams and it spins and turnsIn a factory in a street called Bread in East BelfastWhere Georgie knows bestWhat its like to be Daniel in the lions denGot so many friends only most of the time"I picked Morrisons music up because he is still creating innovative material and is not like othersrock stars who recycle their greatest hits. "Great art incarnates truth, gives shape to beauty, andjoins inner longing with outer form. Van Morrison has provided Christians and non-Christians alikea glimpse into the childlike vision " according to the insights of Carl Olson.More recently, Morrison had the opportunity to duet "Crazy Love" along with the late Ray Charles,on the 2004 Genius Loves Company album. Ray Charles was one of Morrisons influences duringhis years in Northern Ireland .
Alma De la Cruz, a staff mystic employed by http://www.psychicrealm.com, has a profoundpersonal history where she has unabashedly delved deep into the heart of occult mysteries for anextensive period of her life. Her name literally means Â“Soul of the CrossÂ” in Spanish. Currentlyshe is working publishing a manuscript that delves into the mysteries of Hispanic new age beliefsincorporating old insights with new spiritual methodologies.Check out her bi weekly metaphysical column: http://www.newagenotebook.com where she takesa new twist, incorporating Latin shamanistic philosophies with leading edge occult beliefs.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Alma_De_La_Cruz==== ====Van Morrison plays a Renaissance guitar. Shouldnt you?www.nocalguitars.com==== ====