If there’s any album that reminds me of my childhood, family, and keeps me moving on, it’s the album “Days Like This” by Van Morrison. Whenever my mom was cooking dinner for us or relaxing, she’d put this album on and there’s just something about the songs that puts an almost instant calm rush over me.
Plus, this album, in particular, has a special place in my heart. My grandma was the accountant for the photographer who shot the album cover and it’s iconic not only because there are two beautiful greyhounds with Van Morrison & his significant other at the time but because the shot was a complete accident. I’ll mix up some of the details and hopefully, I don’t get a call saying I can’t share it. But long story short, the photographer saw a couple walking their dogs, asked if he could borrow them for a shoot, and as they say in the industry, the rest is history.
I’ll put this album on if I’m alone in our house and need to dance around the kitchen while cooking or waiting for something to finish baking in the oven. It’s the quintessential 90’s album where it gives you so many feels, is easy to sing along to, and makes you reminisce about the good old days — whatever those may be.
My favourite songs off the album itself have to either be “Russian Roulette” or “Days Like This”. Both songs are great ways to unwind after a long day or a bout of rough days. FOr me at least, they’re reminders that while there’ll be rough days and sometimes you’ll be in a valley longer than a peak, you’ll make it through. After all, we can’t appreciate the good days if we don’t have a few bad ones, right?
But seriously, put this record on. This album got me thru some serious rough patches and always seems to ground me when I need it most. It’s only made that much sweeter because of the familial connection. And as always, remember to support your local musicians. Buy their music. Go see their shows. They need to pay their bills too.
Favourite Lyrics: from ‘russian roulette’-It’s not easy baby when everything starts getting out of control/Hang on your hat now, hang on to your soul/Don’t worry baby, I want to throw you the line
From ‘Days Like This’-When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit/Then I must remember there’ll be days like this