VAN MORRISON – ” No More Lockdown “

Posted: October 31, 2020 in MUSIC
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Van Morrison has released the third of three new songs that’s he’s recorded to protest the “ongoing U.K. lockdown restrictions.” “No More Lockdown” arrived October 23rd, following the release of “As I Walked Out” on October 9th, and “Born To Be Free,” which he released on September 25th. Morrison says he will donate the profits from the songs to charity to support musicians impacted by the ongoing lockdown. The singer-songwriter resumed touring on September 3rd with the first of several socially distanced concerts for 2020. Listen to all three of them below.

Profits from the songs will be steered to the Van Morrison Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which aids musicians. “No more taking our freedom, and our God-given rights,” Morrison sings on “No More Lockdown.”

On August. 25th, Morrison wrote, “We are doing socially distanced gigs. This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs; this is to get my band up and running and out of the doldrums. This is also not the answer going forward.

“I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this. Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up.”

“As I walked out,” Morrison sings on “As I Walked Out,” “all the streets were empty. The government said, ‘Everyone should stay home.’ And they spread fearing and loathing, and no hope for the future. Not many did question this very strange move.” On “Born To Be Free,” Morrison sings, “Don’t need the government cramping my style. Give them an inch they take a mile.”

Morrison performed the first of several socially distanced concerts for 2020 on September. 3rd in Newcastle, U.K., and then two more in the London borough of Camden, on Sept. 5-6. The dates followed his August statement in which he railed upon the “pseudo-science” associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

He’s since added several more for this autumn, some of which are billed as “Save Life Performance” concerts. Many of the other upcoming concerts were postponed from earlier this year; all have limited capacity. Eric Clapton offered his support, writing, “There are many of us who support Van and his endeavours to save live music, he is an inspiration! We must stand up and be counted.”

To date, Morrison has released 40 albums. His newest, Three Chords and the Truth, was released on Exile/Caroline International in Oct. 2019. (Before that came 2018’s The Prophet Speaks, where he returned to his blues roots.) Morrison’s biggest hits include “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Have I Told You Lately,” “Moondance” and “Into the Mystic.” In 2018, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of his Astral Weeks album in 1968.

Morrison turned 75 on August 31st

Exile Records Released on: 2020-09-25 Producer: Composer: Lyricist: Van Morrison

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