I Will Listen to More Van Morrison

I’m feeling a little guilty that unlike many of my blogging buddies I don’t have any exciting New Year’s Resolutions that I can break in the next few weeks. However, I’ve never felt the need to make resolutions, nor that they would do much good if I did make them.

Of course, I could resolve not to get cancer this year, but my body doesn’t seem to listen too well to what the rest of me is telling it or I wouldn’t have gotten cancer twice already.

I guess I could resolve to lose a few pounds but then I would have to give up eating, one of the great joys in my life, one I constantly try to balance against staying in shape for the hiking I love almost as much as I do eating.

Instead of resolutions, then, perhaps I’ll just present one of my favorite Van Morrison songs and resolve to listen to Van more this year in order to remain in a good mood longer.

“Dweller On The Threshold”

I'm a dweller on the threshold
And I'm waiting at the door
And I'm standing in the darkness
I don't want to wait no more

I have seen without perceiving
I have been another man
Let me pierce the realm of glamour
So I know just what I am

I'm a dweller on the threshold
And I'm waiting at the door
And I'm standing in the darkness
I don't want to wait no more

Feel the angel of the present
In the mighty crystal fire
Lift me up consume my darkness
Let me travel even higher

I'm a dweller on the threshold
As I cross the burning ground
Let me go down to the water
Watch the great illusion drown

I'm a dweller on the threshold
And I'm waiting at the door
And I'm standing in the darkness
I don't want to wait no more

I'm gonna turn and face the music
The music of the spheres
Lift me up consume my darkness
When the midnight disappears

I will walk out of the darkness
And I'll walk into the light
And I'll sing the song of ages
And the dawn will end the night

I'm a dweller on the threshold
And I'm waiting at the door
And I'm standing in the darkness
I don't want to wait no more

I'm a dweller on the threshold
And I cross some burning ground
And I'll go down to the water
Let the great illusion drown

I'm a dweller on the threshold
And I'm waiting at the door
And I'm standing in the darkness
I don't want to wait no more

I'm a dweller on the threshold
Dweller on the threshold
I'm a dweller on the threshold
I'm a dweller on the threshold

I don’t claim to know exactly what the song means, even after reading the various definitions of the phrase “dweller on the threshold,” but I know it has been my favorite song for a long time and am planning on having it played repeatedly at my funeral, not that I’m planning on rushing that.

I’ve felt for a long time that I’m on the threshold of a better self but have never quite become that better self. Hopefully blogging is a part of discovering “just what I am,” and I’m also hoping it will help “me travel even high.”

7 thoughts on “I Will Listen to More Van Morrison

  1. I’ve noticed that we both share a love of Van, Ray.

    If my CD of Van Morrison’s Greatest Hits was a record the grooves would have worn through by now.

  2. So glad to know what you want played at your funeral as you keep telling me that you want no funeral!

    Your loving wife….

  3. Put him in a big baggie, Leslie, and leave him behind the garage. Something will be along, sooner or later, and drag him off.

    Heh. Just testing the new comments…

  4. Loren, there’s a checkbox on the Movable Type comments configuration screen that allows you to “Disable comments from wife/husband”. You must have forgotten to select it when you were setting up your site.

  5. Shelly, Leslie doesn’t need any help.

    Now you tell me, Jonathon. Here I thought you checked it when you help me set this page up.

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