But whether it's rooted in his own personal experience or not, there's a fondness for the past that keeps cropping up in Morrison's work and, thanks to his evocative lyrics, touching people—regardless of whether they grew up down the street in Belfast or a world away. No one writes a love song quite like him, and classics like "Sweet Thing," "Tupelo Honey," and "Crazy Love" have become first-dance staples. We marvel at it the way we do Michael Jordan's flu game. He's tackled and excelled in more genres than most artists dream of—folk, soul, jazz, blues, pop, garage rock—so the idea that he's some sort of chameleon is a natural one. Of course, the best-known example of Van's spiritual quest songs is "Into the Mystic," where a sailor's journey to return home to a love interest anchors a tale that's not explicitly about God but nevertheless urges listeners to "let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic. He'll handle the singing, thank you very much, and the puppet can shut the hell up. There's a reason that over 50 years into his career, a Google search of "Van Morrison wedding" yields approximately 16,, results.
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