More than a dozen evocative
musical interludes from CBC’s popular and long-running Land
& Sea television series - including the opening and
closing themes so familiar to everyone who lives in the province
- have just been released on CD.
Music from Land &
Sea includes 14 pieces that
Newfoundland musician Sandy Morris has married to the
program’s moving images over the years. All of them were
composed or arranged by Morris.
The recordings feature his
signature guitar work and the accompaniment of Erin Best, Bill
Brennan, Mary Brennan, Rick Hollett, Pat Moran, George Morgan,
Byron Pardy, Angela Picket, and Billy Sutton.
The CD was Morris’s creative
brainchild. He has been composing music for the program for the
last ten seasons. “Land & Sea has always been very
special to me,” he says. “It’s been great to be a part of
the team. I think the music has added another level to the
stories - it can deepen the sense of place and mood.”
Land & Sea
has showcased the culture and history of Newfoundland and
Labrador on CBC television for 40 years. Morris co-wrote the
show’s closing theme (“Freestyle”) with Ralph Walker when
the series first aired. That piece is included in the CD
collection, as are two versions of the well-loved opening theme,
“On the Beach” - both the one that airs on TV each week, and
a newly composed longer version. No one knows who composed that
tune, but its musical notation is reproduced in the CD’s liner
A versatile and experienced
guitarist, musician, composer, producer and engineer, Sandy
Morris has enjoyed a musical career and been part of bands from
the Wonderful Grand Band to Rasa and the Eight Track Favorites.
He continues to perform, and has served as the musical director
for numerous film and television projects and theatre
productions across the province.