GlennonSongs

The GlennonSongs Project is a musical project based almost entirely of St. Louis area musicians. The "core band" has eight members, but during the recording process we utilized the talents of over twenty other musicians. All of the proceeds go to Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital.

The recording process alone took about 150 hours. Additional mixing and mastering required another 80. It's worth noting that everyone gave freely of their time and talent to the record. Additionally there was an ever-present spirit of camaraderie during the sessions. Everyone knew we were focused upon a common goal. We all wanted to create the best CD possible. (How better to represent the care given by the hospital staff?) The sessions often ran into the wee hours of the morning. Quite a feat for folks who also have day jobs to hold down. Such is the power of believing in a cause (and the power of caffeine).

In the post-production period, contributions of talent to the project spread far beyond our metro boarders. Many "big-name" music industry people came on board. I mixed six of the songs in San Francisco with Louis Biancaniello. Louis is a noted producer and composer whose credits include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Kelly Carpenter and countless others. The other five songs were mixed in Nashville with Shawn Simpson. Shawn's recent mixing and engineering credits include The Dixie Chicks and Faith Hill. The entire CD was mastered by Roger Nichols. Roger has worked with almost everyone in the business, including Steely Dan, Yo Yo Ma, and The Beach Boys. Combined, these three guys have more Grammies and Platinum Records, than I've got fingers and toes.

Money raised by The GlennonSongs Project are given to the hospital's ER. There are so many disadvantaged children who have no family doctor and have no insurance coverage. At Glennon, they are welcomed, and given world-class care, regardless of ability to pay. The respect and loving care given to all who enter those doors is not constrained by social class. We could learn much from them.

CDs are $15. They are available at about ten local retailers now. But after Thanksgiving they will be available at all 21 area Dierbergs stores. They may also be ordered [ online](http://www.glennon.org).

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