For much of the summer, Max Morden ran free concerts on his front lawn for everyone starved for entertainment by the pandemic, including his musician friends. He had to take a break for an unspecified project, which turns out to be a winter song. Literally.
Morden and friends have recorded “Winter Song,” which was released 50 years ago by a U.K. band called Lindisfarne. Morden wrote a new version of the song at the request of vocalist and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi, who has performed with the Original Blues Brothers Band, Blood Sweat & Tears, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen and Randy Newman. The group also includes Morden’s daughter Amanda on alto flute, Mark Bassett on cello and Lee Ann Newland on French horn. Morden, ever the musical multitasker, played glockenspiel and three different guitars, mixed the audio and produced the video.
But that may not be the only winter song for Morden. Weather permitting, he will be convening another outdoor performance at what he calls the Morden Music Manor on December 19. We’ll update you with more details when we’ve got them. In the meantime, enjoy “Winter Song.”