The playlist for this Sunday is called Sad Songs to Stir the Soul. Sometimes it takes a sad song to make you feel better.
I lost my Mom years ago, but I still think of her every Mother’s Day, and on lots of the days in between. She was such a great mom. She had this way of always knowing exactly how I was feeling, especially if I was upset about something. Growing up, I was your typical stoic male—always keeping my feelings hidden. The only time I really opened up was when I was playing a song. I guess I’m still like that a little.
My mom had a way of knowing when I was upset about something, and she had a way of drawing it out of me that always made me feel better. After I moved out, we kept in touch by phone, and sometimes the conversations would go on for an hour or more. We always talked about me. I was pretty self-absorbed in those days, even more so than today. Also, that was her style. Whenever she talked to anyone, she always made the other person the focus of the conversation.
There was one Mother’s Day when I was in my twenties that I forgot completely. I didn’t send a card or flowers. I didn’t even call. I guess my Mom was pretty upset, and my Step Father called me and chewed me out pretty good. My immediate reaction was anger. What right did this guy have to speak to me like that? I told him to “f— himself” and slammed down the phone, but the moment the receiver hit the cradle, I knew he was right. How could I have been so inconsiderate after all she had done for me? I never forgot another Mother’s Day after that.
When my Mother died, I was the last of her three children to come and see her and say goodbye. I knew she would die if I came, and I wasn’t ready to let her go. But I also knew I couldn’t let her go without seeing her one last time. I went to her straight from the airport. I told her I loved her, I thanked her for being my Mom, and I said goodbye. She couldn’t talk, but I could tell from her eyes that she understood everything I said. A few minutes later, she passed. That was almost 15 years ago. I wrote a song about it a few months ago, and I called it Away You Go Flying because it didn’t seem to me like she died. It seemed like she just left.
Hi guys. I’ve been spending a lot of time sitting around the house lately because of Covid-19. I decided to try spending some of the time productively, so I made this video about Covid-19 for my YouTube Channel, Donald Glenn and His Musical Friends. It’s called These Days and it attempts to capture some of the Covid-19 angst using music and pictures. The song in the video is also called These Days. It’s from my Mystic Journeys album, which I released in January.
It seems a cruel joke that for many of us, the only meaningful contribution we can make towards fighting Covid-19 is to do nothing. That’s kind of what I was trying to get at in the video. Hope you like it.
Hi Guys. Seems like a lot of us are stuck at home these days surfing on our computers, so I put together this Spotify Playlist for you. It’s kind of a mixed tape for the times called These Days. You can play it for free while you surf the net. Stay safe, stay well, #StayHome.
Hi Guys. Since a lot of us are sitting at home these days surfing the net or chatting with friends on social media, I thought I’d send you out this Spotify Playlist. It’s called Sad Songs to Stir the Soul, and full disclosure, the songs are pretty sad. But I find a sad song is just what I want sometimes when I’m feeling a little low.
The list is free to play if you have a Spotify account. It’s also free if you don’t have an account, but you may hear an ad between songs now and then. Enjoy!
Hi guys. So sorry, but I guess I spoke a little too soon about getting the band back together. The Bowie part of Millar-Bowie has decided to opt out of our date on Saturday at the Gibsons Public Market. Paula has a sore throat, and they have decided to avoid public events for the next while because of the coronavirus. I totally understand and respect their decision.
I’m going ahead with the event and will be performing two 45-minute sets as a solo performer as I’ve done in my last two appearances there.
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but just as a reminder…
- avoid public events if you’re not feeling well
- maintain a distance of two arm’s lengths from others, especially if they are sneezing or coughing
- wash your hands frequently and keep scrubbing for 10 seconds, which is about the time it takes to sing happy birthday. I like to insert the word “corona” for the name while I’m scrubbing, although for the virus, it’s the opposite of a birthday.
Stay well everybody, much love…
I’m really looking forward to getting the Millar-Bowie Band back together this weekend. We’ll be playing a 45-minute set in the atrium at the Gibsons Public Market on Saturday, March 14th. The show starts at 2:30 p.m. with a solo set by yours truly, and then Jim and Paula Bowie will join in for a second set at about 3:45 p.m. We’ll also have Jack Polesser with us on drums.
I’ve been playing as a solo performer quite a bit the last little while. It certainly has some advantages: You get to win all the arguments, and you don’t have to share any of the money. But there’s nothing quite as satisfying as joining with other musicians to weave a nice, tight tapestry of sound that connects with an audience. Hopefully, that’s what we’ll be doing on Saturday. Please drop by if you’re in the neighbourhood.
Hi guys. I just wanted to say thanks for all your views, likes, comments etc. related to my recent YouTube video: A Valentine for Carole. There was a time when I used to smirk at the social-media obsessed that had to check their daily scores on all platforms to tally up their self worth. And now, it turns out that I am one them, just as bad if not worse.
There is, however, another less self-centric reason that I am pleased with the attention the video garnered. It is clear from the comments received that it was Carole and our love for each other that resonated with people. In our modern world, where hate seems to capture more and more of our attention, it was encouraging to me that our story—essentially a love story—was able to capture people’s attention and give them a moment of pleasure on a day that’s supposed to be devoted to love.
Here are a few of my favourite comments:
- Arwen E. MacDogooder, Facebook: “Oh my God. That’s so freaking adorable.”
- Paula Bowie, Facebook: “She is a beautiful catch!”
- Gemma Cowan, Facebook: “What a lovely expression of your love and life together.”
- Shirley Jones, Facebook: “Amazing. What a superb valentine gift. Thank you for sharing. Made my day.”
- Donetta Byrd, Twitter: “Sweet video and catchy tune! What did she think?” Reply: She said, “That’s so sweet. I hope it doesn’t go viral.”
- Isabella, Twitter: “Love the song !!!”
- Demian Pettman, You Tube: “Great tune! Very catchy and sweet. Nice vocals Paula 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day Carol ❤ Thanks for sharing a bit of your life!”
I made a video valentine for my wife Carole this year, and I decided to share it here on my Blog. It was so much fun to create because it brought back so many memories and reminders of how lucky I am that she decided to share her life with me. I can only imagine the barren landscape my life would have been had she not been a part of it.
In North America today almost half of marriages end in divorce, and sometimes that’s the only ending that makes any sense. But sometimes too, with a little effort, you can get past the rough spots. I hope our story will be an inspiration for people to take a little time to appreciate their partners on Valentine’s Day.
So, I dropped the album last friday. My buddy Jim, who I consider the ultimate authority on all things musical, says the proper parlance for real musicians these days is to say you “dropped” an album. So, last week when I said I released my album… well, I guess misspoke.
Real musicians don’t say “released” anymore, Jim says. They also don’t say “launched” or “put out” or “delivered” or any of those things. They say “dropped” and if you can add the word “man” or “dude” to the end of the sentence, well that just makes it even better.
So I dropped my album last Friday… dude.
You can pick it up or stream it anywhere, but here’s some of my favourite spots…