Our week of Thankfulness continues and so I continue to think of Glen Galaxy and his awesome worship album, THANK YOU. For those of you who would like to know this, there are FREE LEAD SHEETS available so that you can play and sing along.
A perfect time to have these lead sheets would be on that EXTREMELY unusual occasion when you are tired and grumpy. This really never happens to me as you all know I am so happy and cheerful ALL OF THE TIME. It also never really happens that my husband Jon would physically take down my guitar and make me go outside to worship and get my attitude adjusted. He doesn’t really do that on a regular basis AT ALL.
We all know that this is simply an example that you might experience in your own home and in those instances it would be nice to have those “Thank You” lead sheets!
Today I’m also going to share with you some really interesting things about Glen Galaxy that you may not know. We all know that he is a musical genius, but did you know that he is also extremely passionate about creating art?
Glen likes to collect interesting pictures. He is constantly on the lookout for this media of inspiration which goes into a box until it is time for it to be transformed…or boxes; many many boxes as Cathleen his wife would say.
From these snippets of inspiration come amazing unique pieces of art. Here is just a small collection I will share with you today.
This is a man who has a plethora of talents! To see more of Glen Galaxy’s amazing pieces of art, go and visit his FLICKR SITE
Here is Octagrape playing “Eternal Hair”
Octagrape and Jad Fair live at Craftlab Gallery
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Glen Galaxy’s Thank You
Great Comfort Records
Sounds Familyre Records
This is the week to be thankful for all things. In the spirit of thankfulness I’m going to write about my brother-in-law Glen Galloway, aka:
Many of you may know Glen from his various bands of the past and present such as: Trumans Water, Soul Junk, and now Octagrape.
Glen is one of the busiest people I know; lately he has been on a couple tours back to back with Octagrape. The one constant that you need to know about Glen is that wherever he is and whatever he is doing, he is a worshipper. He knows who he is in relationship with his Father. I was honored to have him at the Awake My Lyre Worship Conference in Philadelphia where he sang and shared his heart of the Father with us. Glen is the perfect example of living and moving in the creative freedom in which God created him. I look at my brother Glen and am so inspired by him. He creates and creates and creates and creates with no apologies and no expectations.
So today I share with you the MOST AMAZING worship album out there today. It is entitled, “THANK YOU.”
This album will make your heart and spirit sing like it never has before. Glen lets you peek into his raw and real relationship with Father. The lyrics will powerfully transport you and move you in the spirit. It’s amazing to listen to music that literally strips you down to your sonship.
I first met Glen in 1997 on the Soul Junk/Danielson tour.
As you can see in this picture, we are all pretty young. “Tour” was by no means a glamorous experience and the prospect of a shower was simply heaven. Us Smith kids were well trained by Marian and we were prepared to sleep on floors with a pad, sleeping bag, pillow, and of course a sheet so you didn’t get sweaty from the sleeping bag. But, I digress.
I will never forget the morning after sleeping on a floor of the most disgusting house in the world (which was occupied by girls). Megan and I played a game called, “If you touch anything, you die!” We all opted not to take showers in the morning which is unheard of after playing and sweating on stage the night before. Anyways, Daniel was working on his tangled bedhead and Glen told him he shouldn’t fight the hairstyle that the Lord gave him for the day. We had a lot of fun and made each other laugh a lot.
Enjoy this video of Glen singing, “Living Water.” Spread the Great Comfort and pick up THANK YOU.
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Great Comfort Records
Sounds Familyre Records
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When I was a teenager my dad Lenny Smith asked my sister Megan and I if we wanted to make some extra money and help him on a construction site job. We both agreed and all day we had to drag roof shingles with large nails in them and throw them into an enormous trash receptor. Hour after hour, we drug these heavy black shingles and the pile never seemed to end. My father stood on top of the roof with a couple of other men and the shingles continued to pour down.
Megan and I struggled but were determined to finish out the day. She continued on working with him over the years along with Daniel, David, and Andrew, but that day under the hot sun was my first and my last. There was no amount of money that could tempt me to get back in there to do that gruesome work.
Here my dad digs out a hole for the foundation of our house addition. My mom was getting a new kitchen.
Working on plumbing in Harrisburg.
Daniel and Dad working on the Sounds Familyre Studio
I tell this story because my dad Lenny Smith is an artist—a singer, songwriter, worshipper who also needed to provide for his wife and five children. Every man and woman struggles with balancing their passions, gifts, and desires with the practicality of life. Often we think that if we aren’t working in our passions full time than maybe we aren’t quite a success. But that is a lie that our mind tells us. We are successful when we simply DO regardless of man’s praise or scorn for our work.
Lenny Smith has written songs to the Creator since his youth. Now in his 70’s I see his plethora of work before him…not simply the hundreds of songs he has written, some more successful in the eyes of man than others, but the work of his hands, providing for his wife and children. His love, provision, music, words, encouragement is the fruit of the beauty of the Holy Spirit within him. This is what is powerful in an artist, not the “mainstream success” of a song. Knowing how to do what you need to do in the style with which you are inspired is an admirable attribute. Lenny has never tried to be anyone but himself. He could never be anyone but himself.
I encourage all of you artists out there to be who you are. Why is it that musicians in particular are so insecure about their work? About being who they are and expressing what they love and what comes easy to them? I never care about sharing a design I’ve created and could care less about any opinions against it, but music….it comes from your soul. It is a deep part of yourself in all of its raw beauty.
Come and enjoy the raw beauty of Lenny’s “Who Was And Is And Is To Come.” All of his five children have come together to support him in this beautiful expression of his heart with Daniel Smith of Sounds Familyre mixing the different voices and instruments into a masterful yet simplistic composition.