HCCTV Appearance on Up to the Minute

September 2, 2022

Hey, Everybody! The Labor Day holiday weekend is off to an exciting start with an appearance that I made this morning on HCCTV's Up to the Minute show. I do a brief introduction at about 1:40 and my interview begins at about 9:45, just after Dr. Zachary Hodges who is the president of Houston Community College's Northwest Campus in Katy: 

Glenna Bell on HCCTV

I must say I am quite impressed with the production! 

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In Memory of My Dear Friend, Greg Henkel 

Friday August 12, 2022

Dear Everyone, 

I just posted this on FB and am not up to writing more today. I got this news a couple of hours ago: 

Dearest Greg—I am heartbroken. You are my close companion, collaborator, and confidant. Life will not be the same without you. I was blessed to know you. I'll see you "just over that hill," my wonderful, talented friend. "Love you. Miss you." Always. — Glenna 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHw1LVAUcpw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh3W63GOwLM

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Summer 2022 Songwriting in Process

Hey, Everybody! Just a quick note to check in and let you know I've been so busy I haven't had time to post lately but all is well here and I am happy to say I have written and recorded demo's of two more songs, which I believe are some of my best yet and I can hardly wait for you to hear them. I'll continue to keep you posted on upcoming shows via FB so please follow Glenna Bell Music if you aren't already on board. Until next time, I hope you're having a wonderful Summer 2022. We're having record breaking heat here in Texas and hoping for rain and cooler temp's soon.

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Houston Show: Thursday May 19, 2022 from 9-Midnight at Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge

The Continental Club/Big Top Houston

Hey, Everybody! As I write this, I'm basking in the afterglow of an amazing time appearing at the Larry Winters' Celebration of Life at the fabulous Continental Club in Houston's historic Third Ward, sponsored by KPFT 90.1 FM where Larry was a popular and beloved DJ for many years. He played my music regularly on his weekly Saturday afternoon show, Spare Change, which was a familiar backdrop to so many homey times here at the house through the years, and the natural warmth of his bigger-than-life personality also made me feel genuinely welcome and right at home on the air when I would visit the station:

 Houston Chronicle Tribute to Legendary Larry Winters

A line-up of acts performed to a packed house at the Continental Club from 2-7 on Sunday, and it was an incredible tribute to Larry and a great testimony to how much he is cherished and missed by so many. I left with a full heart and a new inspiration to get out there and play more so I'm really looking forward to being back on stage to kick off this Thursday evening at Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge right next door to the Continental Club with my friend, the talented Texas troubadour, Jimmy P. and his imaginary band:

Jimmy Pizzitola

 Glenna Bell

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Houston Performance: Sunday May 15, 2022 from 2-7 PM at the Continental Club

Hey, Everybody! Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 15th for what will be an amazing event! Join Tracy Brandon, Susan Darrow, Duane Bradley, Allen Hill, Christi Schwanbeck, David Britton, Leigh Faissal, Brent Sumrall, and others in celebrating the life of long time KPFT DJ, Larry Winters. 
Scheduled to perform are: Matt Harlan and Lisa Morales, Glenna Bell and Jimmy Pizzitola, Jamie Lin Wilson, Charles Bryant, Mark Zeus, Mason Lankford and Adam McFarland, along with other surprise guests:

 Houston Press Things to Do Column

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Houston Show: Friday Night, April 8, 2022 at Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge

The Continental Club/Big Top Houston

Hey, Everybody! 

I wanted to take a minute to pass along this invitation to a show I'll be doing with my friend, Jimmy Pizzitola, tomorrow night at one of my favorite venues in Houston. Hope to see you there: 

Looking forward to being back under the Big Top tomorrow night. There'll be music in the Continental, in the BackYard, and in The Big Top. Wander on down to MidMain for a Friday Night Music Tasting. 9 PM - Midnight. 

Special Guest: Glenna Bell. 

Jimmy Pizzitola: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmLGLcWN9Xk

Glenna Bell: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUFxGi5ujC0

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Christmas Video & Holiday Q&A w/ Lisa Gray and Raj Mankad of the Houston Chronicle

December 21, 2021: Hey, Everybody! It's a gorgeous first day of winter in Houston. Another year has unfolded in unexpected ways and the holidays are here again. I know this is an extra busy time for you, but if you get to a point that you have a few minutes to listen, I think that you'll enjoy this uplifting Q&A with Houston Chronicle writers, Lisa Gray and Raj Mankad, which we did this time last year but still seems quite relevant now:

Holiday Q&A with Lisa Gray and Raj Mankad

The accompanying write-up by Raj who's the Op-Ed editor at the Chronicle appeared on the news stands on Christmas Day, 2020:

Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Holiday Reflections

And here's a link to my Christmas video by Stephen Ramos, starring my adorable Baby Kit whom I discovered on the little bench in my backyard suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration in June 2020 when she was less than a month old--a tiny angel flying too close to the ground who had lost her way and was found:

Be My Valentine on Christmas Video Starring Baby Kit

Wishing you warmth and love wherever you may be. Happy Holidays, Everyone.

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New Christmas Video on Youtube!

Hey, Everybody. 

It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since I last wrote to you. 2020 has certainly been one that we will never forget and one that I would prefer not to recollect. 

With that said, I wanted to let you know that the Houston Chronicle is going to publish a write-up about my song, "Be My Valentine (On Christmas)," and podcast interview on Christmas Day. Unfortunately, I think people have to subscribe to access it online or else be somewhere where you can still actually pick up a copy of the paper for the write-up. 

So, I will leave you with a link to my new Christmas video, which I would say fits this year perfectly: "We've made it a year now, and I know that it's been hard . . ." and features my adorable baby, Kit, who appeared like magic on the little bench in my back yard last summer when she was only about a month old. Hope it warms your heart. It is quite "homey" but I do believe "there is no place like home," especially for the holidays: 

Be My Valentine (On Christmas)

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12/23/2020

Update 

Hey, Everybody!  

It's been a couple of months since I last posted as it seems inappropriate to me to talk about music and/or to try to capitalize on it when the world is in such a mess.  But I have been working on some new songs and am looking forward to recording them soon.  Sessions are currently in the works.  I will keep you posted when the time seems right, given the current circumstances. In the meantime, I'm wishing everyone everywhere all the best.

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Houston: La Carafe Tonight! 

Hey, Everybody! 

As the world turns, I am spending a lot of time taking care of my geriatric cat, dear Lucky whom you might recall from one of my videos a few years ago, looking so young and strong, but now he is an older gentleman in his golden years and needs more trips to the doctor and more attention all around.  I love him and he is worth it! 

In the meantime, my beloved “big boy,” my 70 pound adolescent hound who was abandoned by the river, Gomer – yes, he is named after the character, Gomer Pyle, and…

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Houston Tonight - Happy New Year! 

Hey, Everybody!

It is gorgeous here in Houston with temperatures in the low 60s and the most glorious sunshine lighting up this sparkling last day of 2019.  I’m enjoying the afternoon with a cup of delightful Austrian coffee and an excellent book on the American Revolution and looking forward to ringing in the New Year in downtown Houston, sitting in with Jimmy Pizzitola and his band in the special upstairs room at historic La Carafe from 10-midnight, maybe later.  We’re expecting a variety of friends to…

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Over a Million Spotify Streams: "Be My Valentine On Christmas" 

Hey, Everybody!

Just a quick note to say that I’ll be at historic La Carafe in downtown Houston tonight from 8:30-10:30 or so . . .

. . . and quite glad to report that my Christmas song is doing very well again this year on Spotify with well over a million streams!  Here’s a link to the recent Play MPE release: 

https://daily.plaympe.com/glenna-bell-be-my-valentine-on-christmas/

You can also listen on Apple Music and/or Youtube or pretty much anywhere in the virtual world of streaming.

I hope that…

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Fabulous New Album Review! 

http://deeprootsmag.org/2019/10/29/in-heavy-rotation/

Hey, Everybody!

Check out this wonderful new album review by Manhattan-based Rock critic David McGee, a living legend of music journalism. He was a writer for Rolling Stone for twenty-five years and a former editorial consultant for Spin Magazine. He has published biographies of Carl Perkins, B.B. King and Steve Earle and is currently collaborating with Mark O'Connor on the violinist/composer's autobiography.  I must say that I am flattered!

And –…

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Houston Show Tonight! 

Ken Burns’s Famous Country Music Documentary on PBS – Highly Recommended

Hey, Everybody!

Weather permitting, I’ll be at historic La Carafe tonight from 9-11 and I ‘d love to see you there if you’re in Houston and feel like stopping by.  It is come and go, come as you are, just good old down home fun.  Easy, free street parking downtown on Tuesday evenings.

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After Note:  This show was cancelled due to extreme flooding in Houston caused by Tropical Storm Imelda, which wreaked havoc on the city…

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New Music Video + La Carafe Tuesday 

Everybody's Changing Video
 
Hey, Everybody!  It’s been quite a summer, and I’m really happy with how the album release has been going.  Thanks again to everyone who has been joining this newsgroup and writing in – I’m so glad that you like the new songs.
 
I’ll be at historic La Carafe in Houston from 9-11 on August 20, and I hope that you’ll stop by if you’re in the area.  The parking downtown on Tuesday evenings is free and easy, and I would love to see you in the audience and get a…

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Listen Online: WPKN.org Archive 

https://www.wpkn.org/

Hey, Everybody!  Just a quick note to let you know that a song from Let Freedom Ring: Songs for a New Generation will be featured on one of my favorite radio shows this afternoon, Pure with Howard Thompson hosting on WPKN radio in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  You can also tune in later at the station's archives link.

What an eclectic array of new releases this charismatic radio personality has in store for us today, including Brittany Howard, Bryony Jarman-Pinto, the Continental Quilts…

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Houston Show Tonight + New 5-Star Review! 

Hey, Everybody!  I’m looking forward to playing again at historic La Carafe in Downtown Houston tonight from 8:30-10:30.  I hope that you can come if you are in the area. 

The album release is going great!  Thanks to everyone who has been listening on Spotify, Apple Music, Napster, etc. and writing in.  My producer, Ronnie King, called and told me that they enjoyed the 4th of July on their boat in Newport Beach, CA and were singing along to “Let Freedom Ring” on deck.  How cool!  I heard my new song “Big…

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"Let Freedom Ring" - Daily Ripple Song of the Day 

“When we allow freedom to ring—when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children . . . will be able to join hands and sing  . . . ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.’”  – Martin Luther King, Jr. – I Have a Dream, August 28, 1963

Hey, Everybody!

Good news!  My new song, “Let Freedom Ring,” is being featured on The Daily Ripple home page for this 4th of July week and was…

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Houston: La Carafe Tonight!