Moody Blues‘ bassist and singer John Lodge released a new single called “In These Crazy Times”. Being stuck ‘in isolation’, the track was recorded by John in his home studio. Besides singing he played the guitar, keyboards and drum on the track. The song also features his wife Kirsten, on backing vocals and his son, Kristian, on Lead Guitar. He never recorded before with them. In addition YES‘ Jon Davison also appears on backing vocals and harmonies.
Hear John Lodge’s “In These Crazy Times (Isolation Mix)”:
Lodge is the songwriter of such mega Moody Blues hits from “Ride My SeeSaw,” to “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band),” “Isn’t Life Strange?” and many more. He has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five decades. Selling in excess of 70 million albums. Lodge has been voted one of the “10 most influential bass players on the planet,” and has been the recipient of many awards. Including ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), an Ivor Novello Award, to name just a few.
John Lodge talked about the song, saying:
“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 days. 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. Also record my guitars and vocals in my “ home studio”.