My favourite singer/songwriter of all time - by a short head - is Van Morrison.
Now Van Morrision's work has spanned several decades - as many people know.
But Van the Man's unique and curious style hasn't just survived - his work has grown and thrived over the years - winning the Belfast musician many new admirers down the generations.
I love the opening words to Celtic New Year - 'If I don't see you through the week, see you through the window' - an everyday tongue-in-cheek, banter-between-friends saying - which he casually weaves into the words of his song.
The fact that some regimes around the world try to ban 'western' music is a real giveaway.
Because it tells you that all you need to know about the repressive nature of the people running the show - they want things to stay exactly as they are - unquestioning and unchallenging - what they want are societies that are simply monuments to the past.
So it's in the spirit of the constantly changing and evolving world that we live in - or most of us anyway - that I share with readers a You Tube link to a wonderful Van Morrison song.
'Celtic New Year' - which is both topical and beautiful - especially on 31 December 2011.
May all your dreams come true in 2012!