Stubborn Ghost project was undertaken after a long
break from any recording, sparking a quote from Joel Wortzman that
"if eight years is how long it takes to produce a work of the exceptional
quality, then let it be another eight years 'til the next one..."
Canadian songwriter Norm Hacking
comments, The interesting thing about albums is that the process
varies drastically because of attitude, circumstances - you name
it. In the case of Stubborn Ghost, we spent one year and
five months from first recording session to final product. I've
never maintained an intense focus on one project for that length
of time before. The result was an album where we never settled for
anything less than what we wanted.
The album is dedicated to his son
Ben, then turning seven. Read the album
dedication letter. It reveals Norm's thoughts on being a songwriter
and musician and the value of his musical friendships. A photo of
young Ben with Norm accompanies the text..
The wonderful album art - photography
by Keith Beaty and design by Wellington & Wolfe - was nominated
for a Casby award.
All songs are originals by Norm Hacking.
on song title for LYRICS
1. Midnight Road 4:51
2. Once Was Enough 2:56
3. Stubborn Ghost 4:03
4. Thunder and Lightning 5:40
5. Richer for the
Time [for Steve Goodman] 2:44
6. In a Child's Room 2:33
7. Mother Your Love 4:51
8. Old Things in Love 3:49
9. Waiting for
10. Video Love 3:03
11. Shine 3:22
12. Long Time 1:57
Norm Hacking - acoustic
Kevin Bell - electric/acoustic guitars
Kirk Elliott - violin, mandolin, acoustic guitar, accordian,
John Arpin - piano
Doug McClement - bass
David Woodhead - acoustic bass & electric fretless
Kid Carson - drums
Matt Zimbel - percussion
Chris Whiteley - horn
John Adames - drums
Paul Corby - electric guitar
John Sheard - synthesizer and piano
David Whitten - cello
Hacking, Kevin Bell, Ron Nigrini, Dyan Maracle, Michael Smith, Caroly
Larson, Tim Harrison, Jim Layeux, Jennifer Bell, Shine Choir (additional
voices Joe Zelney, Cathy Greene, Jan Caswell, Susan Serran, Simon
Richards, Mildred Wooton, Paul Corby, Bill Tymchyshyn)
The reviews certainly confirmed that
Stubborn Ghost was something special:
"Title track, an account of a meeting
between the grizzled, aging writer and the spirit of his childhood
ambitions, is as fine a piece of songwriting as has ever been committed
Greg Quill, The Toronto Star.
Read more reviews here.
No longer available (vinyl). All
except tracks 7 and 12 are included on Skysongs...
A Writer's Collection (1996), remastered and reissued
with lyrics on November 14, 2001.