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. 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.
I’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.
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.
I’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.
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.