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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

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

George Ivan Morrison

I don't think nostalgia has to be negative.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

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.

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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison

Music is spiritual. The music business is not.

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.

George Ivan Morrison

The future is keeping you out of the present time.

George Ivan Morrison

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.

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.

George Ivan Morrison

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!

George Ivan Morrison

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