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.

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!”

A Valentine for Carole

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.

Cover photoIn 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.

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.