This week on Donald Glenn’s Songs for Sunday, I’m shining the spotlight on Bruce Cockburn, who has been my guy ever since I first heard him play in a tiny little basement coffee house called the Yellow Door about 100 years ago in Montreal. I chose Going to the Country, the tune that kicked off Cockburn’s career, to lead off the list and I also included Rouler Sa Bosse as the second selection because to me it represents the treasure trove of Cockburn music that never seems to get played, but always so richly rewards if you make the effort to find it.
Now on another topic completely, people have said they love the Sunday list, but they hate that the music stops when they click to look at another page. The trick is, open a new tab at the top of your browser first. Then you can surf to your heart’s content while listening to the songs on the list. Ciao for now mes amigos, and please stay safe out there.
In the spotlight this week on Donald Glenn’s Songs for Sunday, is Cigarettes After Sex, a relatively new dream pop band formed in 2008 in El Paso, Texas. I first came across the band’s signature tune Apocalypse while surfing Spotify a few months ago, and I was hooked by surreal space it created in my head. I have to admit that when I first heard lead singer Greg Gonzalex on Apocalypse, I imagined a sultry, deep-throated femme fatale, but it turns out he is all man. Have a listen to the tune that kicks off the playlist this week and see what you think.
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This week on Donald Glenn’s Songs for Sunday, I’m featuring one of my all-time perennial favourites Kenny Loggins who for the first time in a long time has released a new song called The Great Adventure. Officially out this week, the song has actually been around for a while on a closed-circuit TV channel that airs wildlife-themed programs at the San Diego Zoo. Loggins decided to put it out to the general public, and it’s been available on all major distribution platforms and streaming services since Feb 5th. Enjoy!
This week’s edition of Donald Glenn’s Songs for Sunday spotlights Rock Music Hall of Famer John Forgerty. Throughout his storied career, Fogerty has managed to capture the mood of the moment with watershed tunes like Fortunate Son, Bad Moon Rising and Have You Ever Seen The Rain. With his recently released Weeping In The Promised Land, Fogerty has once again provided us with a poignant soundtrack for the grief and hardship we experienced in 2020. The tune appropriately comes off as a gospel and takes direct aim at the failings and absence of leadership in a year that will, for better or worse, provide a marker of our future for years to come.
Now on another topic completely, people have said they love the Sunday list, but they hate that the music stops when click to look at another page. The trick is, open a new tab at the top of your browser first. Then you can surf to your heart’s content while listening to the songs on the list. Ciao for now mes amigos, and please stay safe out there.
I chose A. J. Croce as the feature artist on this week’s version of Donald Glenn’s Songs for Sunday mostly because of his cover of the 1958 Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee classic, Better Day. The tune kicks off Croce’s new album, By Request, and it perfectly captures the mood of these difficult days when so many people are looking to feel good again after the trials and tribulations of the last few years. Croce is himself no stranger to grief and the sense of renewal that comes from healing. His famous Dad, Jim Croce, died in a plane crash a few days before his second birthday, and he lost his wife Marla to a rare heart ailment just two years ago. By Request is his first music release since his wife’s death.
Also featured on the cover of Better Day is the legendary Robben Ford who supplies some sweet guitar licks in lieu of Sonny Terry’s improvisations on harp. Enjoy!
This week on Donald Glenn’s Songs for Sunday, I’m featuring two songs by American Folk Artist Eliza Gilkyson, who began in the music business as a teenager singing demos for her famous dad Terry Gilkyson, and went on to a decades-long career with 20 albums to her name and covers of her tunes by industry heavyweights like Joan Baez, Bob Gledof and Tom Rush.
It’s easy to get distracted by Gilkyson’s musical pedigree and formidable songwriting skills, but it’s her voice that always gets me. It seems so strong to me, and it’s taken me a while to put my finger on the reason why. I finally figured out it’s because it just rings true to me. I believe every word she sings. Check out the two Gilkyson selections on the list this week and see if you agree.
This week on Donald Glenn’s Songs for Sunday, I’m featuring French Singer-Songwriter Damien Robitaille, who I discovered on New Year’s Eve when he posted a video of himself accompanying himself performing a Quebec folk tune called La danse a St. Dilon. Written by Gilles Vignault, the song tells the story of a country dance and is a favourite at New Year’s Eve parties in La Belle Province. Robitaille, who actually lives in the village of Lafontaine in Northern Ontario, has become a star of Quebec’s French music scene and has the tools and talent to make his mark with English audiences as well.
This week, Donald Glenn’s Songs for Sunday features the well known Sunshine Coast Singer-Songwriter and Recording Artist Patricia Burnett, who recently released a new single called Dear Michaels. Written in the form of a letter from Canada to Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are spending their third Christmas in the custody of the People’s Republic of China, the song laments the injustice of their captivity and sends the message that Canada has not forgotten them and remains determined to bring them home. As Burnett explained in a recent Global News Interview, it was the unjust separation of the two men from their families that inspired her to pen the song.
Burnett, who has been entertaining audiences throughout Canada for many years, began her musical training at age six with classical piano. As a child she performed as a solo singer and in a trio with her two older sisters at Vancouver festivals and many well-known Lower Mainland venues like the Showboat and Queen Elizabeth Theatres. Later in life, she turned toward the pop and rock scenes performing as a lead singer and keyboard player for several Lower Mainland bands and touring Canada with the rock band Junction. As a solo performer, Burnett has enthralled Vancouver audiences with her powerful vocals and piano virtuosity. Her Carole King Tribute, which combines music with storytelling about King’s life, is a perennial favourite. Now living in Madeira Park with her supportive husband Vince, Burnett is writing, entertaining, recording, and in her words, “living the dream.”
I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a stinker of a year.
And maybe we should have seen it coming, because from the very start, 2020 came with some pretty ominous associations. For starters, it was a leap year. Check your calendar, and you’ll find 2020 includes a February 29th, which only happens once every four years. Second, it is the year of the Rat, the beginning of the cycle in the Chinese zodiac, and a year that is supposed to bring ingenuity and renewal. That only happens once every 12 years. Third, 2020 is a so called double-date year, where the first two digits are the same as the last two as in 1919, 1818, or 1717. That only happens once a century and interestingly enough, 2020 is the fourth century in a row to be visited by a pandemic during the double-date year. In 1919, it was the Spanish Flu. In 1818, it was Asiatic Cholera, and in 1717, it was Small Pox.
Even without the Covid-19 Pandemic, 2020 was an unbelievably busy news year. It saw the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani triggering open hostilities with Iran, the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 killing all 176 souls on board, Harry and Megan’s dramatic exit stage right from the British Royal Family, the death of more than one billion animals and the extinction of several endangered species in the Australian brush fires, Brexit in the U.K., the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump, the California fires and the horrific death of George Floyd unleashing widespread protest throughout United States.
The cherry on top of all that social turmoil was the U.S. Presidential Election in November, which many saw as the fight for the soul of America, and perhaps the last chance for it to preserve its democracy in an increasingly autocratic world. And even when the good guy eventually won, he did not ride off into a Hollywood sunset, but into an apocalyptic landscape teetering on the thin edge of who knows what.
I tried to capture some of the angst of 2020 in these two short movies, which are both set to a song called These Days. Let’s all hope it’s a Happy New Year!