Saturday, January 25, 2020

Dan Berggren: Blow Adirondack Wind

adirondack winter night by john warrenBlow Adirondack Wind is a new song based on an old rhyme. About 14 years ago Dan Berggren came across a bit of doggerel about winter, a few lines with no attribution. He jotted it down in his notebook then forgot about it – until three winters ago. While reviewing his notes for songwriting ideas, Berggren decided to write a song based on this theme. It was a retelling of sorts of the old story in song he heard as a kid and often sings, The Frozen Logger, which James Stephens wrote in 1929 and The Weavers recorded in 1951.

Last winter Berggren sang Blow Adirondack Wind on the stage of Saratoga Springs’ historic Caffe Lena and it was recorded, along with the rest of the concert. Highlights from that performance are expected to be released on CD in late spring this year, Berggren says, but this humorous take on winter, including “authentic audience wind effects,” is available now as an mp3 download from the CD Baby Music Store.

Caffe Lena, the longest continuously operating coffeehouse in North America, is celebrating its 60th year of operation. Dan Berggren has been performing there for the past 35 years, and writing and singing songs about the Adirondacks for over 45 years.

Photo by John Warren.

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