Song of the (Retro) Hour: “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison

I’m out of town, so I won’t be able to keep up with current music. I thought it’d be fun to do some old songs ahead of time.

Van Morrison is one of our strangest living legends. His greatest claim to fame is a whimsical pop song about a girl with brown eyes, and yet the vast majority of his art is mystical in nature, leaning heavily on Celtic music and surreal imagery. “Into the Mystic” might be the most Van Morrison song he ever made, evoking metaphors both spiritual and nautical to convey essential about the magnetism of desire. Morrison has a tendency to meander, even in some of his best music, but “Into the Mystic” is gloriously simple: there’s something magically unexplainable about love.

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