To the surprise of almost everyone last Tuesday afternoon (CET) Swedish Radio premiered the first new recording by Frida in six years. There had been rumours that Frida had recorded something new after comments she made during interviews at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in March.
Frida has recorded a version of the popular hymn ‘Morning Has Broken’, as the opening track on Swedish guitarist Georg Wadenius‘ new CD Reconnection. Reconnection features songs sung by a number of Swedish artists, including Helen Sjöholm and Peter Jöback.
Widenius has had a long career in both Sweden and the USA since the 1960s. During his career he has worked with many domestic Swedish stars plus some of the biggest names in the international music world. In recent years he has worked on other ABBA-related projects, including Helen Sjohölm’s CD Visor (2002) and Anne Sofie Von Otter’s tribute to the Benny and Björn songbook I Let The Music Speak (2006)
Like almost everything else that Frida has recorded in the last decade the song has strong religious overtones, but also a strong personal connection for Frida. The lyric for ‘Morning Has Broken’ was written in 1931 by British poet Eleanor Farjeon, based on a traditional Gaelic tune that had been used as a Christmas carol in the 19th century. It is best known to most people in the hit single by Cat Stevens in 1972. Read more about ‘Morning Has Broken’ at Wikipedia.
Reconnection will be released on October 25 2010.