Today at Song Lyric Sunday, Jim has requested that we choose a song that has to do with food. So, I’ve chosen one of my all-time faves, Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison.
“Tupelo Honey” is an unreserved typically mystic take on the domestic happiness Morrison had found since he’d married his wife Janet. They’d met during his time with the Irish R&B band Them. She’d already been his muse for several of Morrison’s earlier songs.
Born in Belfast, Ireland, Van Morrison’s musical career has bridged such a wide variety of genres that he is difficult to label. He has written and performed some of rock music’s most enduring standards, including “Gloria,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” and “Moondance,” and is a member of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1993, Robbie Robertson, former member of The Band, said of Morrison, “In the tradition of the great Irish poets and the great soul singers, he is the Caruso of rock and roll.”
Morrison married Janet Rigsbee in 1968. Known as “Janet Planet,” she inspired songs like “Crazy Love” and “The Way Young Lovers Do.” She became known as Morrison’s Earth-goddess muse, but their relationship was rocky, and they split in 1973. The couple had one child together, a daughter named Shana.