Wednesday 14 November 2018

From a ridiculous debate to the sublime Van

Declan Lynch's Diary

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Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

It had been another carnival of eejitry, this presidential debate on RTE Radio One last Saturday lunchtime - but there was something different about this one. Or rather, there was something different at the end of it, something so different it might have been a kind of an experiment in altered states of consciousness.

Or maybe it was just some crazy accident - it is now well known that LSD was discovered by accident in the laboratory, so when a documentary on the making of Astral Weeks was scheduled directly after this particular debate chaired by Cormac O hEadhra, perhaps the people who made that decision noticed nothing unusual about it at all, until it happened.

Or there may even have been some demographic logic to it, with RTE deciding to mark the 50th anniversary of the making of Astral Weeks straight after a programme which they felt would be of interest mainly to very old people, who might linger awhile to listen to the music of their youth - but for whatever reason, we moved from the vision of Peter Casey to the vision of Van Morrison, one after the other, so that now and for ever more there is a precise illustration of what it means to go from the ridiculous to the sublime.

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