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Diva Harris , November 1st, 2018 10:31

Chan Marshall guides Diva Harris through 13 albums that have soundtracked her life, from stealing cars to heartbreak and escaping difficult times


Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
When I was maybe 21 I had a job at a xerox store, and a coffee shop, and as an artist’s assistant, and I was cleaning apartments, and I was a nanny, and I was really sad. I was really sad. I was goin’ through a lot of shit, and this guy - the drummer from the Blues Explosion, Russell Simins - I went to the guitar store with him. He was like ‘Oh, Chan, you gotta hear this record, you don’t know this record? Oh man’ and then he gave me a copy of Astral Weeks by Van Morrison. And I thought oh yeah yeah yeah, record record shmecord. Another guy, telling me what’s great, you know. I’ve got shit pretty figured out myself. But it blew me away. I was allowed to cry; I was able to cry and dance around like a fruitcake… I was so happy to release my pain. ‘Sweet Thing’ changed my life. Hearing ‘Sweet Thing’ was like going to church whether you wanted to or not. That record is just a masterpiece.