‘One of the things that makes an artist great is their recognition not only of the significance of their serving time in the writer’s trade – as if one were a riveter, say, or a rat-catcher – but their recognition also that they are merely conduits for a force beyond themselves,’ writes Ireland’s greatest living poet Paul Muldoon in the foreword to this latest collection of lyrics by Ireland’s greatest jazz musician Van Morrison published by the greatest publisher of poetry in the English language, Faber & Faber.
In 2014 Van Morrison’s Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics was the first collection of lyrics selected by Van Morrison and edited for the first time by Eamonn Hughes who returns again to work on Keep 'Er Lit.
On the new volume, even more of a beautiful vision as we journey deeper into a monumental body of work, the instantly familiar ‘If I ventured in the slipstream/Between the viaducts of your dreams’ are there within the same hard covers as the profound ‘Well I’m thinking about my people and the love that we once had.’
All words that can only stir the soul.
To be published on 3 March.