Pardon My French

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.

Damien Robitaille

Patricia Burnett’s musical tribute to Canada’s Michaels

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.”

Gabriella Quevedo: a woman in total control of her instrument

Gabriella Quevedo, featured this week on Donald Glenn’s songs for Sunday, doesn’t do vocals, but then she really doesn’t need to. Her guitar does the singing for her. It’s easy to get lost in her rich, romantic guitar stylings, and just drift away to wherever your imagination might be headed. She is so in control of her instrument. The way she lets the open strings ring and plays to them is truly amazing. Need an example? Check out her cover of this Dire Straits tune.

Hope you like the new list. Ciao for now…

Gabriella Quevedo

Sweet sounds of Reina del Cid

This week on Donald Glenn’s songs for Sunday, I’m featuring two songs by Reina del Cid, a truly marvellous American singer-songwriter, who I discovered on YouTube a couple of years ago. I was learning to play the Bobby Darin standard Beyond the Sea and I watched Reina’s cover of it. Not only was it a nice rendition of the tune, but the video was very amusing and… um, authentic.

It must have been a windy day, because at one point their video set-up took a tumble, and I think the drummer also got stung by a horsefly or a bee. Anyway, after that I was hooked on Reina (real name Rachelle Cordova) and Lead Guitarist Toni Lindgren. They perform a new cover every Sunday on YouTube, and I often tune for a listen.

Hope you like the new list. Ciao for now…

Another Sunday playlist, but this one’s different…

Hey guys. It’s Sunday again, so there’s gotta be another playlist, right? You might notice this one’s a little different. Instead of choosing a list from my collection and sending it out, I decided to create a special Sunday song list called Donald Glenn’s songs for Sunday. Each week I’ll update the list with new songs I’ve heard through the week. I listen to a ton of music, and I often discover new tunes and artists I’d like to share.

This week for example, I’m featuring a couple of songs by Greg Brown, a folk artist from Iowa who I hadn’t listened to much until I stumbled across a tune of his called Dream Café. I love how he uses rhythm with a simple chord progression to create something really memorable. Dream Café and Two Little Feet are good examples.

Hope you like the new list. Ciao for now…

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:

itunes

… or play for free on Spotify:

Spotify

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

Only one song this Sunday

Hi guys. Time for another Sunday Playlist. There’s only one song on this week’s list. It’s a song that’s been trending for me for the last week or so. No idea why. It’s called Don’t You Ever Wonder Why? and it’s kind of a shout-out to those among us who suffer from episodes of depression. Hope you like it.