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.
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…
Hello Everyone. Mystic Journeys is now available on most major distribution and streaming sites. Links to some of my favourites are listed below for your convenience. You can also search “Donald Glenn, Mystic Journeys” on your preferred platform if you don’t like the ones listed here. Hope you love the album!
My album, Mystic Journeys, is all set for release next Friday, Jan. 31st. It should be available for sale on itunes, CD Baby and most streaming services like Spotify and Deezer. If you don’t see it right away on your favourite service, just wait a while. It will be there eventually.
It seems a little surreal to be finally letting it go. I guess it would be fair to say that it’s been a long time coming. I actually wrote part of one of the songs, Starting Out, more than 40 years ago. Others like Slipping Away and Don’t You Ever Wonder Why first saw the light of day in the early 90s.
And then there’s Away You Go Flying, which I wrote a few days before the end of 2019. I actually had the whole album ready to go when that song first started percolating in my brain. I thought it might be a good one, and I decided to delay the album release so I could add it. I laid down the vocal and guitar as a single track, and then I added drums and other percussion, a complicated bass line and I started experimenting with a fiddle melody. But then I thought, no. It should just be the original vocal-guitar track. It’s more honest that way. More authentic. And what could be more authentic or honest than a song about your dead Mother?
Anyway, it’s coming out Friday. I’ll post again after the release with links to samples etc. Hope you like it.
Hi Guys. I’ll be performing at the Gibsons Public Market from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 28th. Please stop by to listen to some tunes and maybe grab something tasty from Emelles. Look for me upstairs in the Atrium. Hope to see you there…