TITLE: Morning Hymn
DATE: March 2021
LOCATION: Chalet Studios
Drums … Al Cross
Bass … Dennis Pendrith
Keyboards … David Chester
Guitar … Graham Young
Vocals … Bob Burrows
SONGWRITER: Bruce Cockburn
Recording Engineer: Justin Meli
Mixing Engineer: Josh Bowman
Producer: Bob Burrows
GRAPHIC ARTIST: Mike Raines
I first became aware of this wonderful songnot long after Bruce Cockburn came to Toronto from Ottawa and made off with half the band I was in at the time!
When I first saw Bruce perform I quickly understood why they had left our band!
Wanted to get into his band myself and almost did … Bruce was and remains a master guitarist and one of the best songwriters this country has ever produced.
At one point however, he came to believe that someone else should sing his songs.
I auditioned for that gig and actually got the job except that everyone around Bruce at the time, including manager Harvey Glatt, convinced him to sing his own tunes.
Nevertheless I got to hang out with the band, eventually accompanied them to New York where they opened for vibes player Gary Burton at Steve Paul’s The Scene.
First heard Bruce sing this song in his basement where we often congregated.
Fell in love with the song immediately … one of the best songs I have ever heard.
This is essentially a live recording … there are no edits on this track at all.
It was just one take off the floor at the studio on one magical afternoon in March.