Lindsay Morgan offers up
songs to fit the season
BY CHRIS CLARK
|"I love Christmas," explains Lindsay Morgan. "It's a wonderful, joyful holiday that encompasses everything."
The same could easily be said for the Holstein-based singer songwriter's latest two musical compilations. Available just in time for Christmas, Mr. Morgan has released a pair of CDs, each reflecting its own distinct musical mood and ambiance.
Recorded under his longtime stage name of Lindsay Thomas Morgan, "Songs for a Winter's Night" is aptly named; inviting listeners on a musical journey through 15 songs that are not so much
Christmas carols as they are songs celebrating
home and hearth,
and the wonders
of the holiday season. Titles
such as "Home From
the Forest" and "Marshmallow
World" share the disc with timeless classics such as "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas".
|| Mr. Morgan is joined by several old and new friends for this batch of recordings, with Dinah Christie stepping up for a duet "Baby It's Cold Outside" and his longtime collaborator Bob Doidge providing guitars and trumpet on three tracks.
Mr. Morgan once again drew on a wealth of local talent to help round out his songs, with Dianne Leith and Kit Patterson, and Mrs. Leith's youth 'choir, adding their talents to many of the songs. Bob Warren helped photograph and design the graphics for the "Kids" CD.
"Dianne Leith is a fabulous asset to the musical community in this area," said Mr. Morgan, "and Kit Patterson is such an excellent musician. They've been very supportive." The children's choir on "In the Eyes of, a Child" includes local talent Amy Krauter, Katie Vollett, Joy Leith, Lenny Leith, Sean Boxier, George Hodges, Jason Leith and Leanna Watson; while "Edelweiss" uses a Mount Forest District High School choir recorded in 1986. Other "Kids" vocals include Alexa Bye, Jodie Hooker, Amanda MacInnis, Melynda McKenzie, Chantel Moore, Jesse Morgan, Brooke North, Bryanna Walker, Kaitlyn Webber, Megan Wilton, and a solo from Evelyn Nanninga.On stage, Lindsay Morgan has been in high demand over the holiday season and admits he has "been playing like crazy" in recent weeks. He has performing dates lined up right through to Christmas Eve, where he will once again take the stage at the Legion in Mount Forest. He said his annual gig at the Legion means "by hook or by crook, I'll be home for Christmas", and then its off again for a string of New Years Eve shows, plus a "Christmas in February" date in Stayner. "I'm working my tail off," he said. "I really enjoy playing the songs, and they're selling well." To find your own copy of Lindsay Morgan's latest CDs, visit Uptown Entertainment Centre in Mount Forest or the Holstein General Store, or contact Lindsay directly at 519-3349833 or Itmorgan@ehtel.ca