Morrow Road

“Morrow Road is a spooky legend about a lonely road in Michigan that is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is searching for her missing son.”

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In 2009 I was approached by the president of Bradric Productions in Los Angeles, Jerry McCarty about writing specific music for a potential film right here in Michigan.  The film centers on the strange goings-ons at Morrow Road, in Clay Township.  There was a filmmaker who was looking for funding and partnership on this project; and one element that seemed lacking was music would add an thematic elements to the project.
So, regardless of the fact that I was not shown the script or specifically the storyline, I began writing music based on my understanding of the local legend, as well as my personal interpretation of how I would tell the story.

What I envisioned was a malevolent spirit that haunted a specific region, over hundreds of years.

As I understood the film, I began writing songs that would evoke certain specific time periods by carefully creating popular songs from specific decades.  When the  movie-goer heard those songs written in the style of those decades, it hopefully would evoke strong cinematic imagery that would strengthen the visual story.

Beginning in the 50’s I wrote two songs that would hopefully help people identify with that time-period: “Oh Laura!” and “Raceway!”.  Both simple songs, simple melodies done in the style of those early Rock N’ Roll musicians.  Special thanks to the great Rob Park for lending his considerable saxophone talents on “Raceway!”

In the sixties, there was much change in decade reflected especially by the music.  I thought it wise to write three song options; thus giving the director several options to choose from.  First in the folk style, I recorded a song called “Judgment Day“.  Interpreted both acoustically as well as electrically.  Both versions fit into the sixties temperment, and both sound radically different when listened to.
Walk Away!” might be akin to a Doors song or even something written and recorded by Rod Argent and the Zombies.  Whatever it reminds the listener of, just tugging at your musical memory is all that it needs to do.  Special thanks to Lance Vechinski for his incredible jazz-flute playing to give it just the right firey flavor!

Time To Kill” brings both a 70’s musical style as well as specific 70’s rock instrumentation to this recording; as it reminds the listener that nothing can stand the test of time.  Everything that we know and love are, in the end, slaves to the great lord time.  (Unfortunately as we all know, there is simply nothing that we can do about it.)

The 80’s musical piece is written and recorded in the style of the Rolling Stones or the Band.  Kind of a loose, hip lament to a lost love who was done wrong; “Can’t Live Without Her“.

Timeless” reflects the tenant that some people are simply forever etched in our hearts, minds and souls.  Even though the music calls up a 90’s style and 90’s musical engineering, both the message and melody are in fact unforgettably timeless.

One musical thought I had was to tell the story from the ghosts’ point of view.  The style I used was entirely 2000’s, but the pain and heartache she epitomizes spans all of time itself.  “A Ghost Like Me” gives us an unique glimpse inside the vail of eternal damnation, with a chilling warning from the Ghost herself.  The haunting female vocalist  is Kaitlin Balch.

Several years after the failed movie score came and went, I was visited by the Morrow Road ghost herself.  This time leaving me with a song in the form of an old fashioned folk tale.  Hear for you is the “Legend Of Morrow Road“.  Take my advice, and NEVER stop on that road and honk your horn three times.  Some legends ARE timeless . . .

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The Legend of Morrow Road is one of Michigan’s oldest legends. It begins sometime in the late 1800s, there was a woman living on Morrow Road, with the initials “I.C.” Today, the road is paved, but at that time, it was just a dirt road.

More on the legend . . . 

One night, during a severe snowstorm, she was home alone with her young son. A little past midnight, the woman went to check on her child, but when she reached the boy’s bedroom, she found it empty. Someone had broken into her house and kidnapped her little boy.

The frantic mother dashed outside into the storm, wearing nothing but her nightgown, and searched desperately for her son. It is said that the woman froze to death while looking for her child. Others believe that the kidnapper lay in wait for the woman near the bridge and viciously murdered her. In any case, her frozen body was discovered days later. The body of her son was never found.

Many people believe that her ghost still haunts Morrow Road to this day, searching eternally for the missing boy. Some witnesses claim to have seen the woman roaming along the old dirt road at night. Sometimes she comes onto the road and chases cars from the property. They say she wears a blue nightgown that is torn and bloody. Some people said they heard her screaming, “Where’s my baby?” as they drove past and others claimed she attacked their car, slamming her bloody hands against the window.

According to the legend, if you park on Morrow Road at night and honk your horn three times, you will either hear a baby cry or you will see the woman appear.

One man was driving along the darkened road when he saw a woman that was holding her head in her hands and crying. He stopped and asked if she was ok and when she looked up, she had no eyes and there was blood all over her face. Then, she pointed at him and screamed, “Where is my baby?” Before he had a chance to react, she came running over and started banging on his window with her fists. Frightened, he took off, but the woman followed, chasing his car down the road. Later on, apparently, he ended up in a mental institution due to this experience.
(Posted by Scary For Kids)

And now, The legend of Morrow Road . . .

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