In order to win you must be prepared to lose something. And leave one or two cards showing.

Van Morrison on winning
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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 on distance
1

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 on belfast
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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 on belfast
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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 on experiences
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It was really strange for me when I started to play concerts in America where the audiences were all sitting down.

Van Morrison on america
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Every performance is different. That's the beauty of it.

Van Morrison on beauty
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You take stuff from different places, and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes, not because it makes sense.

Van Morrison on places
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I learnt from Armstrong on the early recordings that you never sang a song the same way twice.

Van Morrison on armstrong
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I don't think nostalgia has to be negative.

Van Morrison on negative
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Hearing the blues changed my life.

Van Morrison on blues
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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 on life
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About Van Morrison

Name Van Morrison
Quotes 40 quotations
Nationality British
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16
Top topics music, started, life, play, singer

The first piece of music that captured my imagination was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport.

Van Morrison on captured
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The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on.

Van Morrison on jazz
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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 on evolve
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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 on famous
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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 on change
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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 on famous
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I do see value in music criticism. Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.

Van Morrison on criticism
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As a developing musician, skiffle became a platform for me to start playing music.

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

Van Morrison on record
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I educated myself. To me, school was boring.

Van Morrison on boring
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I never paid attention to what was contemporary or what was commercial, it didn't mean anything to me.

Van Morrison on attention
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Large audiences did not suit my low-key approach.

Van Morrison on approach
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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 on fame
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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 on defining
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Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat.

Van Morrison on american
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My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week. And that's what I'm doing.

Van Morrison on ambition
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The future is keeping you out of the present time.

Van Morrison on future
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There is no black-and-white situation. It's all part of life. Highs, lows, middles.

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

Van Morrison on bought
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In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing.

Van Morrison on prepared
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I think Paul McGuinness and U2 created the Irish music industry.

It certainly wasn't there before that.

Van Morrison on created
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You've got to separate the singer and the songs.

Van Morrison on separate
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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 on interested
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Music is spiritual. The music business is not.

Van Morrison on music
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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 on born
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I understood jazz, I understood how it worked. That's what I apply to everything.

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

Van Morrison on quote
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