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Music Makes the World Go ‘Round

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There is one universal element no matter what type of dancing you’re doing: music.

But for different types of dancing, there’s different music.  Traditionally, for swing dancing people play jazz or blues, these genres have a great beat and really have that swing feel. You can find a list of fantastic blues artists here and jazz artists here.

But today, I want to highlight one artists in particular: Van Morrison. He is one of my personal favorite artists, most notable for his albums Astral Weeks and Moondance.

Morrison is a native of Northern Ireland, born August 31, 1945 as George Ivan Morrison.  Prior to his solo career in the 1960s, he sang for the R&B band Them.  His first big solo hit was “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967.

Some of his music is inspired by Celtic hymns and melodies and his albums Veedon Fleece and Common One are occasionally referred to as “Celtic Soul.”

With a total of 40 albums, the most recent of which was released in 2009, Morrison is perhaps one of the most acclaimed blues artists of this generation.  He has won six Grammys and been inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and, as of this year, his name will appear on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He still tours and his live shows are said to be electrifying.  Perhaps the most notable cover of Van Morrison is Michael Bublé’s rendition of “Moondance.”

This multifaceted, multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician is one of my personal favorites, his song “”Moondance” taking the coveted place of most played in my iTunes library.  His music is perfect background for a night of dancing.

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About Olivia

Vintage fanatic. Dancer. Armchair physicist. Polymath. Cat-killing curiosity. Wearer of many hats.

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