Song of the Day: Van Morrison – “Brand New Day”

Here’s a personal favorite from Van Morrison, a beautiful track off the classic album Moondance. It’s a song with an uplifting feel that Morrison said was inspired by a time he heard The Band on the radio. “‘Brand New Day’ expressed a lot of hope,” Morrison was quoted as saying in the book Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison by Brian Hinton (per “I was in Boston and having a hard job getting myself up spiritually…Then one day this song came on the FM station and it had this particular feeling and this particular groove and it was totally fresh. It seemed to me like things were making sense….I didn’t know who the hell the artist was. It turned out to be The Band. I looked up at the sky and the sun started to shine and all of a sudden the song just came through my head. I started to write it down, right from ‘When all the dark clouds roll away’….The song (on FM radio) was either ‘The Weight’ or ‘I Shall Be Released’.”

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