Quotations by Van Morrison

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Born: Friday, August 31, 1945
Profession: Musician
Nationality: British


A famous person to themselves, they don't get up in the morning and think, I'm famous. I'm not famous to me. Famous is a perception.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Perception, Famous)

As a developing musician, skiffle became a platform for me to start playing music.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Music)

Being famous was extremely disappointing for me. When I became famous it was a complete drag and it is still a complete drag.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Being, Famous)

Even today, skiffle is a defining part of my music. If I get the opportunity to just have a jam, skiffle is what I love to play.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Love, Music, Opportunity, Play, Today)

Every performance is different. That's the beauty of it.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Beauty, Performance)

Hearing the blues changed my life.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Life, Hearing)

I always record far more than I can use. There's probably twice as much recorded as comes out.
- Van Morrison

I do see value in music criticism. Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Music, Criticism, Value, Years)

I don't feel comfortable doing interviews. My profession is music, and writing songs. That's what I do. I like to do it, but I hate to talk about it.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Music, Hate, Profession, Songs, Talk, Writing)

I don't think nostalgia has to be negative.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Negative, Nostalgia)

I educated myself. To me, school was boring.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: School)

I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Negativity)

I learnt from Armstrong on the early recordings that you never sang a song the same way twice.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Song)

I never bought the commercial thing, at any stage of the game.
- Van Morrison

I never paid attention to what was contemporary or what was commercial, it didn't mean anything to me.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Attention)

I think Paul McGuinness and U2 created the Irish music industry. It certainly wasn't there before that.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Music, Irish)

I understood jazz, I understood how it worked. That's what I apply to everything.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Jazz)

I went back to Belfast and started a club, the Maritime. No one had thought about doing a blues club, so I was the first.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Thought, First)

I write songs. Then, I record them. And, later, maybe I perform them on stage. That's what I do. That's my job. Simple.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Job, Songs)

I'd love to live in Ireland but I'd like to live as me, not what someone thinks I am. People don't understand - I lived there before I was famous.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Love, People, Famous, Ireland)

I'm not a rock singer and I don't want to be a rock singer. I'm not interested. It doesn't seem to get across.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Want)

I'm very lucky, I'm happy with life because my experiences led me to do what I had to do. I don't have any regrets whatsoever.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Life)

I've never felt like I was born with a silver spoon at all, although I've felt like howling at the moon a lot of times!
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Moon)

If it's what you do and you can do it, then you do it.
- Van Morrison

If you're a pop singer, you don't need to evolve. You just get a set together, have some hit songs and play them over and over.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Play, Songs)

In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Cards, Order)

It was really strange for me when I started to play concerts in America where the audiences were all sitting down.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: America, Audiences, Play)

Large audiences did not suit my low-key approach.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Audiences)

Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Business, Music, Spiritual)

My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week. And that's what I'm doing.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Ambition, Play)

Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Music, American, Folk, Name)

The first piece of music that captured my imagination was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Imagination, Music, First)

The future is keeping you out of the present time.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Time, Future, Present)

The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Jazz)

There is no black-and-white situation. It's all part of life. Highs, lows, middles.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Life)

There's always got to be a struggle. What else is there? That's what life is made of. I don't know anything else. If there is, tell me about it.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Life, Struggle)

These days politics, religion, media seem to get all mixed up. Television became the new religion a long time back and the media has taken over.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Religion, Time, Politics, Media, Television)

What you see is what you get.
- Van Morrison

When I started studying tenor saxophone as a kid in Belfast, I did so with a guy named George Cassidy, who was also a big inspiration.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Inspiration)

When I started you were more in touch with the people you were playing to. There wasn't the distance or the separation that there is now.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: People, Now, Separation)

You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Change)

You take stuff from different places, and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes, not because it makes sense.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Sense)

You've got to separate the singer and the songs.
- Van Morrison
(Keywords: Songs)







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