Glen Hornblast: Once In A Blue Moon

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Submitted by Don Graham

If you like your songs to be real, vocals to be honest and production clean and crisp the you need to have Glen Hornblast’s Once In A blue Moon in your collection.

The CD is a mix of Glen's best songs that he’s written over the last three decades. The mood and subject of the songs come from the folk music background of Glen from gritty  blues to to heartbreakin’ country songs. Glen’s voice sits comfortably in the tracks and his effortless delivery is full of the depth and emotion of the tunes. “Mary” is a personal favourite. The story of a homeless woman who’s “only crime was being poor.” Great song. "Freedom Train" gets down to it in a tale of the Underground Railroad that was created after a trip to the Memphis Martin Luther King Museum.“True Blue Forever”, “River” and “Loretta” are a few other  picks on this 12 song offering.

In Glen’s own words he describes his love of music and songwriting. “When I was in Nashville back in October 2014, someone came up to me after I played at the open mic at Douglas Corner and asked me to be in a documentary about "songwriters". They turned out to be making a legitimate documentary called "More Than Words" which should be out in 2016.  Of course I was thrilled, but they wanted me to come down last March and do an interview/performance segment for the movie, which meant I had to "talk about songwriting". This made me very nervous because I'd never really thought about how I write songs, I just do it! All I know is, the best songs "move" you emotionally - often they tell a story - or they might tell your innermost feelings – or they might just be a "silly love song" as Paul McCartney said - or maybe even just make you chuckle. Ultimately it's the "public" that decides whether they like a song or not. And I can say truthfully that I've had a tremendous response since I released my CD "Once In A Blue Moon" a few years ago - (early 2013). I've got fans all over the world - but mainly on the "internet" stations - which means you don't really make money from it. I guess music is all about connecting with the listener - and telling them something that matters to them - making them care about the characters in your song. My favourite songwriter was always Townes van Zandt - for his stark simplicity, his ability to "move" you with a simple phrase - but of course I've always loved the great 60s songwriters like the "Beatles", Paul Simon, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Harry Chapin - the list goes on. In the last few years, I finally put together a good country band from a few local musicians I know - and I really enjoy playing withthem - that really brings your songs to life, gets people dancing, singing the tunes. I love that. But the "folkie" in me also loves the Nashville style songwriter nights - which is why I started a songwriter series called "Nashville Bound" in Toronto - to try and capture the kind of vibe that exists in Nashville - when you get a full room of people actually wanting to hear - not the old standards - but brand new songs written by the millions of dreamers who make it to Nashville every year to try their luck. I guess that's why the I guess that's why the filmmakers asked me to be in their documentary - I guess they saw in me one of the many dreamers going to Nashville to try to get their songs heard. In the end, it's those moments when you share your songs, or hear someone else sing a great song - and you can say, "That's what it's all about." And despite Nashville having the reputation as a tough town, in many ways a town of "broken dreams", that's why I love it - I've never seen any other place where so many people love good songwriting - it's all about the "song"!

Once In A Blue Moon is great collection of well-crafted songs with crystal clear production by David Baxter and some of Toronto’s finest acoustic musicians.

Don’t wait for a blue moon to get a copy, go to www.glenhornblast.com and grab one.