About The Artist

JOE GLASGOW

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Joe Glasgow is a poet, songwriter and artist with Irish blood and a Scottish heart.

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Life and Writing Style
Joe was born on what was said to be the coldest day of the year. From an early age he took an interest in history and his heritage, things that would factor into his art and writing later in life. When he was younger he wanted to be a palaeontologist, then he wanted to be a teacher, but he somehow he fell into being a poet and songwriter. Joe had always been an artist, but was never much of a writer. He first started writing in late January 2004, inspired by Irish folk songs from the Civil War. But then, like many poets throughout history, Joe began writing poems and songs because he became a love-struck young man who found writing rhymes and prose to be his language of choice.

Joe’s written work from the time span of 2004 to 2005 had a strong Irish flavour and focused on an old Victorian style of language story telling. After a five month hiatus from writing, he began a whole new style of writing starting in January 2006. This new style inspired by the Rock & Roll scene and was deeply rooted in an attraction for the American Southwest. The 2006 year ended with Joe writing a book of Gospel songs and poetry and completed in less than 24 hours. By mid 2007, style shifted again and was refocusing back across the pond to Scotland, a style that would hold steady until 2009. From 2009 on to the present, the Folk-Punk influence finally had its go with Joe’s work. His first goal is to tell a story. He likens his work as a conversation between him and one other person over morning coffee. But, Joe doesn’t shy away from tackling social issues he feels strongly about. Joe once said: “When it comes to my writing on social issues, my philosophy is that if I can open someone’s mind to new ideas, thoughts or opinions – change someone’s way of thinking – imagine what possibilities that can be had! You know? Then everyone would know and respect everyone else’s views and put an end to childish bickering. What a fantastic thing that could be!” Did we mention that he’s a hopeless optimist? Well, he is.

Joe has often said he is a firm believer in never staying the same. Possibly why he has a string of pen names before settling on one that actually suited him: Joe Glasgow. He is always changing and reinventing himself, and this change is often seen throughout his work. Joe is also a very vision-oriented person, something he feels is a carryover from his artwork. For the past five years, he has work mainly alone. Joe always found that by working alone he could have full artistic freedom and control over his work. (He also does this as he tends to have a highly secretive streak running through him.) While he prefers to write alone, he doesn’t mind the thought of writing with others. Joe thinks that by writing with others who have different styles of writing may help to continue broadening his horizons.

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Other Things & Interest
Joe maintains his art and writing by doing numerous odd jobs. When Joe is not writing or doing artwork, he can usually be found drinking lots of coffee, listening to a vast variety of music, photography, playing guitar and catching up on the latest in meteorology. He also does volunteer teaching at schools, churches and other events through various historical impressions. These impressions are a Lieutenant-Colonel from the Irish Brigade in the American Civil War and a Captain in the 101st Airborne during WWII.

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3 Responses to “About The Artist”

  1. Hi Joe,
    It was a delight to discover your site!
    I read several of your poems and I find you to be a very positive writer.
    It that a Glasgow Tartan you are wearing in the picture.
    I’m a member of the Caledonian Club of S W Florida, here in Sarasota, Fl.
    Sarasota was founded by a Scots Trading company back in the late 1800’s.
    It is a beautiful community here on the West coast of Florida, about an hour South of Tampa.
    Keep on keeping on, my friend.
    Call me sometime to chat: 941-228-3538
    Till later,
    Joe

    • Thanks a lot, Joe!

      For the most part I try to be positive. There are a few that rear a darker side, but I mostly like trying to keep that positive attitude. It’s too easy to get negative.

      The Tartan I wear is the Isle of Skye Tartan. I wear it instead of a Clan Tartan because the Skye Tartan reflects the beauty of the Isle. (However, when it comes to Clans, they are Campbell and Stuart.)

      I never knew that about Sarasota. I’ve never been to Florida, but from what I hear and seen in photos and on TV, it’s a beautiful State.

      Cheers,
      Joe

  2. I think it would be great to be a palaeontologist. Never mind it’s all fake. Don;t you know that the Earth was only created 6,000 years ago? ; }

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