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Published July 13th 2020
Former Moody Blues guitarist creates new lockdown record
John Lodge, the legendary bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for The Moody Blues, has been using his time in coronavirus lockdown well. He has written and recorded a new single called "In These Crazy Times (Isolation Mix)" which has just been released. The single, which features vocals from Jon Davison from Yes, was written during isolation to reflect the impact of people being told to stay home for more than three months. It is available to download on Amazon, iTunes, and all usual streaming services. John, who has been performing and recording with Birmingham band The Moody Blues for more than five decades, selling in excess of 70 million albums, recorded his new single in his home studio in Florida in the USA. He sang and played guitar and used GarageBand for the keyboards and drums. Joining John on the song are his wife, Kirsten and son, Kristian, both of whom have never recorded before, while Jon Davison added backing vocals and harmonies.
John Lodge has released a new single. Credit Dana Grubb
John said: "In 1967 The Moody Blues recorded 'Days of Future Passed', and we were in the studio in lockdown 24 hours a day creating an album that changed my life. Being in lockdown now reminds me of the creativity and solitude that took place during that period of my life. So I have taken the opportunity, given by this lockdown period, to write and record a new song about these difficult day - days that stretched into weeks and months. When the pandemic came I had just finished up my US tour and the Rock and Romance cruise and within three days my wife and I were 'stranded'. Music is my life, and without a studio (or my band), I decided to perfect my use of 'GarageBand' to create all the instruments, and record my guitars and vocals in my 'home studio'. As I believe we are all in this together, I thought what a great idea to involve all of my family. My wife Kirsten is singing backing vocals for the first time, my son Kristian is playing lead guitar, his wife, Inga, took the photo for the cover (with social distancing!), Jon Davison, from the band Yes, joined me on vocals, and Emily, my daughter is managing the whole thing."
John Lodge (furthest right) performing with The Moody Blues in the late 70s. By Chris Lester - originally posted to Flickr as Moody Blues at the Aud?, CC BY 2.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7968752
John, who wrote songs for The Moody Blues ranging from "Ride My SeeSaw" to "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)" and "Isn't Life Strange?", added: "The track was recorded at my home and Kristian and Jon added their parts in their homes, before we sent it to Ray Nesbit, my Front of House sound engineer for him to mix at his 'home' studio. It truly is an 'Isolation Mix'. My wish is that we can all be together again soon, and then I hope that my 10,000 Light Years Band and I can get together and make a 'Freedom Mix'. I hope you all can relate to this song as another step in life's strange and mysterious path, and help you continue to keep the faith that we can do it together."
Watch a clip of John chatting and performing some of the track here.