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. 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.

  3. 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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