This year, artists from around the world used 2017 as an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Glenn Gould (1932-82). Marking the would-be 85th anniversary of his birth and the 35th anniversary of his death, the year lent itself well to celebrations. This year also marked the 150th birthday of Canada.
With 2018 just around the corner (60th anniversary celebration of Glenn’s 1958 Boston debut anyone?) and the holiday season upon us, we might take a moment to mark yet another milestone, that being the 135th anniversary of The Salvation Army. In June of 1982, just a few months before Glenn’s passing at the age of fifty, Canada Post issued a stamp honouring the centennial of this important charity and one for which Glenn held in high regard. Canada Post issued their Millennial Collection stamp honouring Glenn in December of 1999.
Last night while out shopping for groceries, I dropped some money in the Salvation Army Christmas kettle. I give a little bit every year however this year, having myself participated in a Glenn Gould 2017 event here in Mississauga, I felt a closeness to Glenn. Not only was I helping those less fortunate than myself, but I was also remembering and celebrating Glenn in perhaps the best way possible. People and animals in need. These were causes dear to Glenn and, to that end, he left his estate to The Salvation Army and the Toronto Humane Society.
The bell ringer was a pleasant fellow who, in exchange for my modest gift, offered me a smile, a “thank you” and a wish for goodness. This is so very Glenn.
When you pass by The Salvation Army kettles and bell ringers this holiday season, drop in a toonie or two and think of Glenn. I’m positive that he’d have liked that.
Good tidings of love, health, peace and happiness to you.