Electric Review

Culture & Criticism Since 2003

“Saxophone Man”


Van Morrison wailed


Lips in

To long

White flowers


His saxophone

Into the

Electric lungs

Of song


Rippled feathers

Of echoes


Alive to talk


Metal comes alive

To resonate

New notes


Dark electric being


Music for


Plastic masses


Our souls

A chance

To feed

And weep


He grew tired

Of talking


He put down

His horn


Into the tongues


The invisible light


Of the stage


“Inspired tonight –

The Moon

Come alive


Inside the

Mystical tongues


The bottom mouth

Of his horn”


Van Morrison

At the Masonic


Town San Francisco


To the fog

Horns blow

At dusk


He answered


Milky webs


His own song


“The healing

Has begun”


His stage

In the name

Of grace


In the

True mercy

Of beauty

(the seams)

Of his eyes


Open and split


To soft

Satin pockets



In velvet


And again:

His eyes split

At the corners


The true

Heart motive

Of the sun

(the moon)

In her infancy


Into brave embers


Cool orange pools


Night across

The holy roads

Of the sky


Up the hour


Echoes shivered


The thirsty claws

Of our mouths


Down the

Wooden stairs

Of our spines


A long hallway

Of mountains

(and again):


Blew his saxophone

And sang

(the spit)

Hangs mid-air

In vacant clots


Through the

Holy canyons

Of his lips

In a burst

Of crackles


The threads

Of words hiss


Howls at dawn


In a crash


And bones


No more

(and thus)

The stars

Were born


To drown


In warm pools

Of God’s blood


Is the core


Pure unbridled


And meaning

Of the music


Morrison at

The Masonic


Town San Francisco


The saxophones

Of dawn


To this

Perfect shawl

Of moon beams.

by John Aiello

April 3, 2004, San Francisco, California, following Morrison’s performance at The Masonic Auditorium


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