Hurry up 2021!

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 on 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!

Pandemic
Lead-up to 2020 presidential election

Top Five

This Sunday’s playlist is comprised of my top five songs currently streaming on Spotify. For the longest time, These Days was way ahead in terms of total streams. That makes sense because I’ve spent more time promoting that one than any of the others. But lately, Don’t You Ever Wonder Why has been giving it a run for its money. Which one do you like best?

Heartbreak Sunday

Hi guys. I have a brand new playlist for you this Sunday. It’s called Heart Breakers and it’s all about those pesky end-of-romance moments and memories of those moments, when it seems like you’ll never be able to feel good again or laugh or smile or even go on living, but then, miraculously… you do. Enjoy!

Another Sunday, another playlist

Hi Guys. It’s Sunday in Canada today, so I’m sending out another playlist. This one is called These Days. I did a little curating on it recently, so there’s 12 songs now instead of 10. What I like to do with my playlists, is put on my headphones and play them in the background while I’m writing or surfing. Seems like I get more done when part of my brain is distracted by music. Anyway, hope you like the new list.

The birthday thing…

Mystic Journeys by Donald Glenn

A couple of days ago, I posted that it was my birthday and could people please buy a copy of my album or stream a few of my tunes on Spotify. And today, I see there’s a bump in my numbers. Not a huge bump mind you, but you know… discernible. So, there IS love out there if you can find a way to tap it. Too bad I can only do the birthday thing once a year. 🙂

Buy a copy here:

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… or play for free on Spotify:

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This Sunday’s Playlist…

Mystic Journeys by Donald Glenn
Donald Glenn’s album Mystic Journeys.

Hello Everyone. This Sunday’s Playlist is a link to my album, Mystic Journeys. Featuring 11 original songs including These Days, Don’t You Ever Wonder Why and Away Yo Go Flying, the album is available right now on all major streaming and distribution platforms. Please check it out:

Buy a copy here:

itunes

… or play for free on Spotify:

Spotify

Mother’s Day

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.

scan0016My 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.

 

How I spent my Covid Vacation

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.

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Click to watch.