Meet Glenn Paul Manion, Our Featured Volunteer from New York!

16 Mar

Meet Glenn Paul Manion, Our Featured Volunteer from New York!

Get to know our volunteers!

What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for the Selfhelp Virtual Senior Center, City of Hope, and our Adult Program Live Streams

How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been a volunteer for 8 years.

Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician

What is your favorite song to play for patients? What The World Needs Now

Which demographic do you love playing for and why? I love performing for all ages. I suppose that seniors best appreciate the old songs I tend to do.

Do you have any livestreams or other performances coming up? I always have MOC gigs lined up. Later this month, we’ll be doing a streaming version of our “Reading ROCKS!” program for a local school.

What is your occupation outside of MOC? I’ve been a full-time musician most of my adult life.

Do you have any hidden talents? I’ve been studying piano for more than ten years. So far, I haven’t had the chutzpah to perform in public.

What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? When my wife and I were pursuing a record contract, we would sing our hearts out for indifferent or non-existent audiences in bars and similar places. So we decided to bring our music to where there were built-in audiences, such as schools, libraries, senior centers, etc. It didn’t bring us a lot of fame, but it was much more satisfying and had us performing 300 gigs a year (pre-Covid, of course). Doing solo work for MOC gave me a chance to develop my singing cowboy persona and repertoire. Somehow, people felt more at ease when I interacted with them in character. Once MOC went all-virtual, my wife and my daughter were able to be included. We’ve worked hard to learn how to do a professional-looking presentation from our basement!