12 O'Clock Track: Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with Van Morrison's "Dweller on the Threshold"

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For me, Saint Patrick's Day has never been an occasion to wear awful green clothing and go bar hopping until I vomit. My vision of Saint Patrick's Day is informed by the mystical Celtic folk-blues of one of my favorite singers and artists, Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. For today's 12 O'Clock Track, rather than go with something off of one of Morrison's more popular works (such as Astral Weeks or Moondance or even a cult classic like Veedon Fleece, my personal favorite album), I'm going to go with a deep cut from Morrison's 80s work. The 1982 album Beautiful Vision is one of Morrison's most overlooked, though it does feature "Cleaning Windows," one of the singer's most popular songs. But my personal favorite cut off the album is "Dweller on the Threshold," a deep-soul shuffle that sounds like it could score a montage scene in an obscure 1980s adult-drama film. With its disco-lite tempo, sax riffs, and zoned-in guitar strumming, it produces the kind of twinkling, mellow vibe that I wish provided the tone of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations (in Chicago, it feels more like this). Take a tour through the viaducts of your dreams with "Dweller on the Threshold," which is available below.

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