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An Introduction To Van Morrison

It's October 1st, which has, for some reason, always felt like the first real day of Autumn. And along with the return of woolen socks, gray skies, and pumpkin flavored everything - the Fall has also meant that it's time to return to the music of Van Morrison, whose music feels about as autumnal as any music ever could: full of nostalgic remembrance and seasonal meditation.

Last month, 'Van the Man' celebrated his 70th birthday in style, with a pair of live shows on Cypress Avenue, the Belfast street he made famous on his iconic Astral Weeks record (1968). But September was also the month that Van's entire catalogue of recordings finally arrived on Spotify. So, in honor of the turning leaves of fall and Morrison's 70th birthday, I've crafted two Spotify playlists to help you get in the true spirit of Autumn and to get more familiar with one of music's most diverse, atmospheric, and enduring songwriters. Bundle up and enjoy.

Playlist I : An Introduction to Van Morrison (more folksy, emphasis on 1970s - 1980s)

Playlist II: Van Morrison Swings (more upbeat, jazzy, emphasis on 1990s - 2010s)

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Walking the Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland

Was it so extraordinarily beautiful because it was so unexpected? Or would we have been amazed even having had great expectations?

Either way, we had one of the most breathtaking walks of our lives this summer, as we trekked along the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland. Just a short drive from Belfast, this place is a sensory crowd pleaser - overwhelming greens and dramatic cliffs, diving gulls and porpoise spotting, a rope bridge and an imposing sky. Days like this are the reason why we travel.