Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and Walter Becker (original photo by Danny Clinch, PR)
When FUV decided to celebrate Van Morrison as one of our FUV Essentials, we reached out to Hozier, wondering if he might write about Morrison, an artist he deeply admires. Charmingly, the first of Hozier's "Five Essential Van Morrison Songs" is a song he once poignantly covered.
Hozier (photo by Alex Lake, PR)
London-born singer and songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, the solo artist and founding member of The Soft Boys, was in his late teens and twenties when Van Morrison released some of his most influential albums, like 'Astral Weeks' and 'Veedon Fleece.' Hitchcock came up with a list of some of his "Five Essential Van Morrison Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Robyn Hitchcock (photo by Laura Partrain, PR)
FUV Essentials artist Van Morrison has a brand new album called Keep Me Singing, his 36th studio release. It marks another chapter in the five-decade career of this Northern Irish singer, songwriter, and soul man.
Van Morrison (illustration by Andy Friedman)
It's been 25 years since Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" erupted with volcanic rage on radios and MTV in the prehistoric, pre-internet Nineties, altering the trajectory of American music. The lead single from the band's second album, Nevermind, which was released on September 24, 1991, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" became the mainstream manifesto of grunge, Seattle's fiery, flannel-cloaked scene of rock 'n' roll angst, anger, isolation, and too many drugs.
Nirvana (illustration by Andy Friedman)
Esperanza Spalding's shapeshifting and erudite command of the many fusions between jazz, soul, rock, pop and gospel is a reminder of the versatility of one of her favorite musicians, Aretha Franklin. And as Esperanza Spalding enthuses in her observant and ebullient "Five Essential Aretha Franklin Songs" for FUV Essentials, "[Aretha's] whole musical spirit speaks to me."
Esperanza Spalding (photo by Holly Andres, PR)
Aretha Franklin is my favorite singer.
Corny O'Connell and his wife Amy (photo by Rich Shapiro) and Aretha Franklin (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)