A day like this…

It’s days like this that make me really appreciate my home here on the Sunshine Coast where nature is literally right outside your front door. I took a bike ride up Inlet Highway with my daughter, Paige. We stopped at Burnett Falls on the way home, and I made this little movie. I actually enjoy the stream below the falls more than the falls itself. I love the sound of it. Happy Earth Day everybody.

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On Sale Today in the U.S.A.

My book Murphy’s Law is on sale starting today in the United States. As part of a special Amazon countdown deal, you can buy the book for only $0.99—a whopping 73% off. The price will rise in four equal increments through the week until it reaches its regular price of $4.95 on April 23rd. So buy early and often.

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Thanks so much for your great reviews and ratings on Good Reads and Amazon. Much appreciated!

Some Sad Songs for Staying Home

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!

Getting the Band Back Together… Part 2

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.

Jim's EyesI’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…

Glenn.

Donald Glenn and His Musical Friends

Mystic Journeys

Getting the Band Back Together

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.

Jim's EyesI’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.

Donald Glenn and His Musical Friends

Mystic Journeys

Thanks for your views…

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.

YouTube ViewsThere 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!”

The Album is Out!

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!

Mystic Journeys by Donald Glenn
Donald Glenn’s album Mystic Journeys features 11 new songs including These Days, Don’t You Ever Wonder Why and Away You Go Flying.

Mystic Journeys coming soon

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.

Mystic Journeys by Donald Glenn
Donald Glenn’s CD Mystic Journeys features 11 new songs including These Days, Don’t You Ever Wonder Why and Away You Go Flying.

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.

Ghosts in the graveyard

So it turns out my first cousin, once removed, Alexander Brebner Millar is buried in Seaview Cemetery near Gibsons. I had no idea he was here when I first moved to the Coast. My wife, Carole, found out. She’s kind of a genealogyIMG_0943 super-sleuth, so she knows about that stuff.

Anyway, we decided to go visit Alex and as we drove in through the gates, we realized the graveyard is a lot bigger than it looks from the highway. There’s an awful lot of graves in there.

“This is going to take forever,” says I. “Why don’t they bury them in alphabetical order?”

“… because then they’d have to die in alphabetical order,” says she. “Just park and we’ll start looking.”

“Where should I park?”

I didn’t ask the question out loud. I just thought it in my head, and that’s when the spookiness started. Someone, not Carole, answered:

Up ahead, by the tree, in the shade.”

It didn’t come to me as a voice. It wasn’t even communicated in words, although the meaning seemed pretty clear. It was more like, I don’t know, a vibration maybe, a chill breeze from the beyond, a gentle nudge from the other side. I did as I was told, because that’s what you should always do when you get messages from the hereafter. I parked the car up ahead, by the tree, in the shade. Then I got out of the car and walked over to the first gravestone I saw. Sure enough, it was Alex, my first cousin, once removed.

“Here he is,” says I.

“What? You found him already?” says she, and she walks over to check the stone. “That’s amazing. How did you do that?”

“I had a little help.”

Thanks for the directions, Alex. Rest in peace.