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52 Mind-Blowing Quotes By George Ivan Morrison

Famous As: Singer
Born On: August 31, 1945
Born In: Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Age: 77 Years
George Ivan Morrison, better known as Van Morrison, is an eminent Northern Irish singer, instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. He was knighted in Northern Island for his musical achievements and also for his services to charitable causes and tourism in 2016. He started his musical career when he was a teenager when he played a number of instruments including saxophone, guitar, keyboards and harmonicas in late 1950s for Irish show bands. In mid-1960s he rose to prominence as the lead singer of an Irish band and went on to become ‘Van the Man’. We have rounded up some inspiring and enlightening quotes and sayings by the distinguished artist which have been curated from the vast sea of his songs, writings, lyrics, thoughts, work and life. Take a look at the quotes and thoughts by George Ivan Morrison which are quoted widely.
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I deliberately try not to cater for the commercial market, so I can't see myself in competition, you know, with second or third generation rock stars.

I deliberately try not to cater for the commercial market, so I can't see myself in competition, you know, with second or third generation rock stars.

George Ivan Morrison
A lot of people who were writing when I came through originally as a singer-songwriter have disappeared.

A lot of people who were writing when I came through originally as a singer-songwriter have disappeared.

George Ivan Morrison
I am about the arrangements and the layers of depth in the music.

I am about the arrangements and the layers of depth in the music.

George Ivan Morrison
My records do not require a lot of thought of 'What is this?' and 'What is that?' That would be too contrived for me.

My records do not require a lot of thought of 'What is this?' and 'What is that?' That would be too contrived for me.

George Ivan Morrison
I put out records to this day that are not necessarily in a sequence of anything. Some could be written a while back, some not. There is no set pattern.

I put out records to this day that are not necessarily in a sequence of anything. Some could be written a while back, some not. There is no set pattern.

George Ivan Morrison
My thinking musically has always been more advanced - it is difficult to get it down onto paper sometimes, even now.

My thinking musically has always been more advanced - it is difficult to get it down onto paper sometimes, even now.

George Ivan Morrison
For a long time, I couldn't actually deal with playing concerts; it was a totally alien concept to me, 'cause I was used to playing in clubs and dance halls.

For a long time, I couldn't actually deal with playing concerts; it was a totally alien concept to me, 'cause I was used to playing in clubs and dance halls.

George Ivan Morrison
You learn to read the audiences after a while, and there are all different kinds of gigs.

You learn to read the audiences after a while, and there are all different kinds of gigs.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
Being famous was extremely disappointing for me. When I became famous it was a complete drag and it is still a complete drag.

Being famous was extremely disappointing for me. When I became famous it was a complete drag and it is still a complete drag.

George Ivan Morrison
As a developing musician, skiffle became a platform for me to start playing music.

As a developing musician, skiffle became a platform for me to start playing music.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
Every performance is different. That's the beauty of it.

Every performance is different. That's the beauty of it.

George Ivan Morrison
I do see value in music criticism. Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.

I do see value in music criticism. Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.

George Ivan Morrison
I don't think nostalgia has to be negative.

I don't think nostalgia has to be negative.

George Ivan Morrison
I educated myself. To me, school was boring.

I educated myself. To me, school was boring.

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

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

George Ivan Morrison
I never bought the commercial thing, at any stage of the game.

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

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

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

George Ivan Morrison
I think Paul McGuinness and U2 created the Irish music industry. It certainly wasn't there before that.

I think Paul McGuinness and U2 created the Irish music industry. It certainly wasn't there before that.

George Ivan Morrison
I understood jazz, I understood how it worked. That's what I apply to everything.

I understood jazz, I understood how it worked. That's what I apply to everything.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

George Ivan 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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
It was really strange for me when I started to play concerts in America where the audiences were all sitting down.

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

George Ivan Morrison
Large audiences did not suit my low-key approach.

Large audiences did not suit my low-key approach.

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

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

George Ivan Morrison
Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat.

Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat.

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

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

George Ivan Morrison
The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on.

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

George Ivan 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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works.

You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works.

George Ivan Morrison
You've got to separate the singer and the songs.

You've got to separate the singer and the songs.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
Hearing the blues changed my life.

Hearing the blues changed my life.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

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

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

George Ivan Morrison
Singing is my profession - there is no plan B.

Singing is my profession - there is no plan B.

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

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

George Ivan Morrison
If it's what you do and you can do it, then you do it.

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

George Ivan Morrison
Music is spiritual. The music business is not.

Music is spiritual. The music business is not.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
The future is keeping you out of the present time.

The future is keeping you out of the present time.

George Ivan Morrison
I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity.

I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison
In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing.

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

George Ivan Morrison
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!

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!

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

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

George Ivan Morrison

I think when you get past your second album, it all becomes something of a routine. So you have to struggle against that, find a way of making what you do sound fresh and new each time.

George Ivan Morrison