Glenna Green | Venus Envy

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Venus Envy

by Glenna Green

A mix of smooth jazz and diva folk ballads and cheeky swipes at the silly ways of humans
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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1. Venus Envy
4:13 album only
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2. Traces
3:36 album only
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3. Eleanor
3:13 album only
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4. Love Rains
2:12 album only
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5. Hey Love
1:46 album only
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6. We could
5:18 album only
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7. Rich Lady
2:19 album only
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8. How could I Know
3:50 album only
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9. Jennie
2:44 album only
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10. At Christmas, Missing Home
4:51 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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When I was growing up we didn't study music in my family so much as suck it off the wallpaper . Let me explain . My father was a piano player at a supper club , though now he would be called a 'Lounge Lizard' . He was the chord man of London Ont. The 'go-to' guy that the other local players would turn to for musical arrangements . On Saturday mornings the singers would rehearse at the bottom of the stairs to my room . If you weren't up and out by the time the rehearsal began you were stuck there until it was over . This is where I learned the tricky melodies of Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Duke Ellington and Jerome Kern . The haunting minor melodies are still my favorites . Over and over he played Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee . The whole band would show up after a gig and we'd only wake up when they went for a beer run because the music stopped . In the morning my dad would be at the piano, tinkling out a musical cliche`, slouched like a vulture with his cigarette ash arched and ready to drop . The bass player was lying on the stairs up to my room thudding out a lonely walk . The drummer was shuffling with brushes in a soft slow shushing back beat .......and mom and I would stuff them full of coffee at dawn and send them home to their wives . That's the wallpaper I grew up with .
My father didn't like the bagpipes , harmonica or the guitar , so, as part of my teenage rebelion I took up the guitar and fell into the folky circles ( I kind of agreed with him about the other two) . I have always been inspired by those who wrote and performed their own material like Carol King, Ray Davies,Tom Waites, Ricky Lee Jones and Randy Newman . I love the caberet of Bette Midler and the showmanship involved . I could hear some of the jazzy chords they were playing but I couldn't find them . Then I took some lessons from a local player Marg Stowe and the penny dropped . There they were . All those thick , lushious chords were right under my fingers all along . I just hadn't known where to find them .
I've played at coffee houses and busker fests, folk festivals , pubs and hoity-toity restaurants where they put me in a corner to croon out the sounds of the wall paper .
This C.D. has songs of love and love-gone-wrong and some cheeky swipes at the silly way that people are . I was raised in an itty bitty village on the fringe of a city and going to 'town' was always a big deal . I got the perspective of an outsider looking in . That has proven to be helpful in writing songs like 'Rich Lady' and 'Venus Envy' .The songs are all original but if you listen closely you can taste the wallpaper . I hope you enjoy . Cheers .

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Bev Kersey


Glenna it has been a long time. Just got off the phone with Doug Hux and we were talking about the old days and your name came up of course. Would love to talk to you again some time to talk. My email is bev88@sympatico.ca. Really looking forward to hearing from you.

Bev
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Linda Lucas

Must Listen! Clever, funny, bitchy at times. Chicks dig it!
Venus Envy is early Glenna Green. It has a wide emotional range from the heartfelt sentimentality of "Christmas Missing Home" and "How Could I Know" to the coquettish lyrical call of "Eleanor" to the "town bike" attitude of "Venus Envy." She's a real guitar player, not a plunker. Jazzy, inventive, uses all the frets. Check her out.
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