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Van Morrison finds listening to music to be ''a spiritual experience''. The 69-year-old icon's passion for music came from listening to jazz and blues records shipped over from America when he was a youngster, and said he ''absorbed'' the tunes because of the strong ''energy'' they emitted. He said: ''It was some sort of a spiritual experience. I just absorbed it. I reacted later, but I was absorbing it when I was first hearing it ... there was some sort of energy.'' During his musical awakening, the 'Brown Eyed Girl' singer said he was influenced by Louis Armstrong, Lead Belly and gospel music, which was introduced to him by his father and ultimately shaped his career. He explained to The Guardian newspaper: ''He had Lead Belly records when I was very young ... He had been in the States before that, and he turned me on to the music with his record collection. »
One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series Museum of Modern Art, NYC hrough September 7, 2015
One of the most startling impressions that one takes away from seeing the reunited Migration Series at the Museum of Modern Art is how current the paintings still feel current in a way that Céline still does, or Christopher Isherwood, or John Steinbeck -- documenters of a very specific moment of transition, faithfully recording sensitive observations. Jacob Lawrence’s cycle of sixty paintings on the subject of the Northern Migration is both a landmark work for an artist who was just twenty-three years old when he began it, and it is a work of historical importance in American art of the 20th Century.
Lawrence, who had dropped out of school when he was sixteen, was encouraged by his single mother to take art classes and visit museums. He studied at the Harlem Art Workshop, in the »
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