Glen Roethel

Glen Roethel

 Tuckahoe, New York, USA
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

FOLK/POP/ROCK Singer-Songwriter/Arranger/Producer. Delicious bari-tenor, positive songs, infectious hooks, electrifying & wickedly versatile guitar spanning genres. Imagine Jack Johnson, John Gorka, Train, Jason Mraz, James Taylor and John Mayer all recording together in NYC after surfing in Hawaii.

Biography

Acoustic guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/entertainer Glen Roethel spontaneous, exciting and energetic, "like 1000 tiny fun bombs going off all at once!"is a rare performer often described as sweet, motivating," energizing... and he is full of surprises!

Glen has that gift which brings out a spark in people. - Amy Tuttle, Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Folk Music Society of Huntington, NY

You may know his work as founder, primary songwriter, arranger, producer, recording engineer, lead guitarist and lead vocalist of Gathering Time. You may have sung along with his songs at a Folk Alliance Formal- or Tricentric juried showcase; maybe you've anticipated his guitar solos in Suite: Judy Blue Eyes or thrilled when he delivered the high note at Its my HEART thats a-suffering...? Maybe you are one of the DJs who played Glen's songs from the Top-10 CD, Red Apples And Gold enough to lift it proudly to the #5 slot in September of 2012 and #9 in October on the Folk-DJ Chart? (Red Apples And Gold [no. 3 in Oct 2012, Folk-DJ Chart], Sweet Cider, Johnny Appleseed, Gold, Dont Fall Too Far, The Family Tree, Hard Luck, Courting, Going In - all written, arranged and produced by Glen - or his stellar arrangement of Why We Stay [by Ken Veltz], a gorgeous song with a crowd-pleasing harmony vocal arrangement).

But did you know...
Glen also plays guitar and sings on Colors of the Sun: Penny Nichols sings the early songs of Jackson Browne [Folk DJs ranked the CD top folk album of 2012 - John Platt (WFUV, NY) ranked it #2 Top 10 Album of 2012]; Glen sings on Mara Levine's #1 Folk-DJ CD, Jewels and Harmony (2012); Glen has appeared live in the WFUV studio numerous times: with his former trio, Gathering Time; with Penny Nichols; with Marci Geller; and with Mara Levine. He has also appeared live at the Living Room NYC in John Platt's "On Your Radar" series numerous times. Glen frequently tours with Sloan Wainwright as her accompanist, as well.

Glen's songs and music have been heard on nationally syndicated commercial radio, college and international radio, as well as on TV. He has performed his energizing music at events across the U.S. and folks here, in Europe, in China and Japan have all enjoyed his engaging performances which are often commissioned for retreats, benefits, concerts and conferences.

Glen's credits include scores of co-writes and production on 17+ records (including 5 self-produced, indy, full-length CDs), and background music for TV. His live shows delight audiences with acoustic guitar wizardry, soaring vocals and fun inclusive energy.

Glen's music put me in the mood..in a space...before he even started singing... - Jeffrey Gaines

A great voice! - John Platt, WFUV-NY

Glen's debut CD, From Beginning to End hit the streets independently in 2004 on Inspireline Records. In late 2008 he released his sophomore solo effort, Smaller Things, also on Inspireline including "Pumpkin Street" and "One Word"- two tracks which had already earned Glen a slot as one of eight finalists in the Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival (SMAF) Songwriter Contest - as well as "People of the Earth," an inspired call-and-response song which was just published in a new songbook by the Unity International and is sung in congregations across the nation. Also in November 2008, Glen released Songs of Hope and Freedom, a debut CD with Gathering Time, his folk-rock harmony trio with a sound often likened to "Peter, Paul and Mary meets CSN," and the trio released their ultimate CD, Red Apples & Gold, in early 2012. His 2013 solo release, Unfolding featured 3 songs which earned nominations for coveted Posi Awards in 3 separate categories. 

Lyrics

Bedtime Story

Written By: Glen Roethel

As you lay your head on your pillow tonight
and close your little eyes and fall asleep
there's a gift momma gave me when I was a child
It's a story and a treasure to keep

She said "Angels come down from Heaven, above
and they cradle you gently in their wings
and they heal you with laughter
when they touch you with love
and they fill you with hope and dreams."

So lay your head on your pillow tonight
and close your little eyes and dream
knowing loving and laughter are always at your side
and that hope can make you fly and set you free!

She said "Angels come down from Heaven, above
and they cradle you gently in their wings
and they heal you with laughter
when they touch you with love
and they fill you with hope and dreams."

It's an old bedtime story I heard as a child
before momma kissed my cheek and shut the light
and it always made me happy
and it still makes me smile
as I tuck you in and kiss you goodnight.

Pumpkin Street

Written By: Glen Roethel

she's the little girl livin' on pumpkin street
in her pretty room, all pink and lace
across her windowsill
the golden sun comes spilling in
to paint a smile on her rosy face

she's the little girl livin' on pumpkin street
where all the trees lean to one side
when gentle breezes blow
the trees all dance with their shadows
as the sun sets way down low

time will never find this place
loving memories fill this space
catch a firefly then - let him fly away

he's the little boy living on pumpkin street
he shares his toys with the little girl
from their field of grass
they watch the sun float past on a cloud
as it travels 'round the world

starlight, moonbeams
lacy curtains softly swaying
moonlight and sweet, sweet dreams
echoes of the neighbors saying...

look at those two – so cute!
maybe one day they will wed
it didn't mean a thing then
but now she wears my ring, and
i'm remembering what they said...

time will never find this place
loving memories fill this space
catch a firefly then - let him fly...fly away
'til the sky is filled with fireflies -
black velvet and diamonds in the night

now she's my little girl livin' on pumpkin street

You

Written By: Glen Roethel

put a pack on your back
yeah, we'll give it a try
gonna climb to the top
'tho the mountain is high
oh oh oh oh

drops of rain
suspended in air
broken shards of sunlight
everywhere
oh oh oh oh

and there's you
there's you
there's you
and I don't want nobody else

got a fresh pair of wings
my eye on the sky
I can do anything
gonna learn how to fly

and there's you
there's you
there's you
and I don't want nobody else
oh - I don't want nobody else

and when you're tired
I'll be your bed
my love the pillow
beneath your head

got a cold ice cube
yeah, it's here on my tongue
I can make it last
'cause we're always young
oh oh oh oh

and there's you
there's you
there's you
and I don't want nobody else
nobody else - oh -
I don't want nobody else

The Truth About Tomorrow

Written By: Glen Roethel

The sun isn't rising quite early enough
There's a river of people just standing in line
Standing in line - and waiting and smiling
And talking and hoping the sun gonna shine
When they get ready they open the door
Open the window, rich and poor -
First floor...please...

When you get ready you've gotta get there
Gotta look nice, gotta fix your hair
Gotta wear nice shoes, a nice suit, a tie
All that dress-to-impress
And ya don't know why, but...

I'm gonna be there too
It gives us something to do

Here we are
And I wanna thank you
I wanna know you
And I wanna show you
Here we are - and who knows
Where it's gonna lead tomorrow

She's carrying packages balancing gear
Hailing a taxi - it's perfectly clear
There's a lot on her mind - her family, shopping
Make dinner, go skiing, her kids, a career
How will she know when her life is complete
No taxi coming, she crosses the street
And takes a seat...

But although it ain't easy, she doesn't complain
She skips on the sidewalk, even in the rain
Gives her umbrella to someone in need
I've watched her do that again and again

Places a flower by the parking ticket
On a stranger's car

Here we are
And I wanna thank you
I wanna know you
And I wanna show you
Here we are - and who knows
Where it's gonna lead tomorrow

Gotta give something to this world
Gotta get up and enjoy the ride
Smaller things aren't always heard
But the smallest voice is still inside
You've gotta give something to this world
Gotta get up and enjoy the ride
Gotta give something to this world

'Cause this is it - the time is now
Oh, nobody's gonna show us how
And that's the truth
That's the truth about tomorrow

Here we are
And I wanna thank you
I wanna know you
And I wanna show you
Here we are - and who knows
Where it's gonna lead tomorrow

Blue Canoe

Written By: Glen Roethel

Blue Canoe ©2013 Glen Roethel
The sweetest memories of my home
Before the dam transformed the road
Hearth and family, cobblestone and youth
Oh, memories of my youth

Blue twilight woodlands framed with clouds and snow
Quietly holding springtime, waiting silently below
When the temperature rises just slightly
Where will the water go?
Then the rains come... oh, the rains come...

The sweetest memories of my home
Before the dam transformed the road
Hearth and family, cobblestones and youth
Oh, memories...

But when the river rises, I'll take you in my blue canoe
Floating all around, we'll look straight down
And see our old home town

At Town Hall the walls were trembling
When they told us our home would be a lake
There were fists beating air, townfolk shouting everywhere,
"A dam is just a big mistake!"
Politicians seeking order said "It's too late now,
The water's gonna rise. We'll have to relocate!"
Then the rains came...

But when the river rises, I'll take you in my blue canoe
Floating all around, we'll look straight down
And see our old home town

I was just a child in those memories
I didn't understand why we had to leave
Electricity meant nothing... oh, it meant nothing...
to me.....

When the river rises, I'll take you in my blue canoe...