Song of the Day 10/12

Posted: October 12, 2011 in J.C. Personal
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The song of the day comes to us from Northern Irish singer-songwriter George Ivan “Van” Morrison. Written and recorded in 1967 and originally released on the album Blowin’ Your Mind!, who can resist singing along to “Brown Eyed Girl”? This song was Van Morrison’s first release as a solo artist after his departure from the rock band Them, with whom he recorded the popular “Gloria”.

The song is cited, by Morrison, as the impetus for his relocation to the U.S and contract with Warner Bros. Records.
“Brown Eyed Girl” is one of the most played songs on classic rock and oldies stations. Originally, reaching number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song has received many awards and is on numerous lists of greatest pop songs. “Brown Eyed Girl” even has the power to unite political parties. In 2005, it was stated that the song received regular play on George W. Bush’s iPod. In 2009, former president Clinton picked the song as his top pick on his list of ten favorite songs on an autographed iPod donated to a charity auction.

The song has been covered by hundreds of artists, including Jimmy Buffet, Everclear, Springsteen, U2, Dylan, Green Day and Reel Big Fish.

Morrison made a mistake when he signed a record contract without legal advice. Because of this, he has never received any royalties for this song. Possibly, because of this, Morrison has said that “Brown Eyed Girl” is not one of his favorite songs, claiming that he has written about 300 other songs that are better. As an aside, Morrison is known as one of the musicians that you probably don’t want to meet. He has been called paranoid, grumpy and a myriad of other synonyms with most people just calling him an a-hole.

The song is a nostalgic look back at a playful relationship from the singer’s youth. Reflecting on a much more carefree time when they used to play around together and sing, the song is about thinking back on fun that could never last. The singer remembers the time fondly, but does not lament that the time has passed. Both the singer and the subject have grown up and moved on.

Listen to this one the next time you’re feeling nostalgic and you can share the feelings with “Van the man” Morrison. Sha la la, la la, la la, la la, la-te-da.

See ya on the “B” side.

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