Glen's on the mend!

One of my heroes is Glen Phillips, who wrote and sang the songs for Toad the Wet Sprocket (with whom he still tours on occasion) and continues to make amazing solo music brimming with his trademark wisdom and warmth.

Glen recently had an accident with a glass coffee table and did some major damage to the ulnar nerve below the elbow on his left arm.

(This is particularly bad because Glen’s a left-handed guitarist.)

Glen filed this new report yesterday saying that he’s out of surgery; his doctor is confident, and Glen’s in good spirits and ready to get back in the studio and on the road.

I’ll be seeing Glen and my good friend Jonatha Brooke performing together in Pittsburgh on December 6; it’s going to be an epic meeting of two voices I’ve been loving since 1994 and 1995, respectively.

And you should check out their duet, “Sweetest Angel,” on Jonatha’s latest album, The Works.

Get well, Mr. Phillips! Your music has been a source of goodness and light in my life for a long time.


Previous Glen coverage here.


  1. Bree says:

    First of all: WHY did you insist on putting that photo up?

    It made me nauseated when I saw it last week and I felt queasy again just now. PLEASE GLEN GET BETTER.

    Second of all, and you’re going to love this, last night I had a dream that involved: Batman, Joker, Catwoman, I *think* Maggie G. playing whatshername, and… get this, a flipping baby that was supposed to be the infant version of Oswald Cobblepot!!!!!!!!!!

    It had all the makings of “I watch too much Batman” including the fact that when I woke up, I had the Danny Elfman Batman theme song in my head.

    Johnny B., it may be time for an intervention, because when I woke up this morning, I immediately thought, “I must tell John about this!!!”

  2. John says:


    I’m so sorry if the photo made you feel ill. I’d never do anything to intentionally upset The Bree, especially anything involving The Glen.

    But at the same time, I think it’s a good indicator of what the man is like — a terrible and potentially life-changing thing happened, but he’s smiling and in good spirits (and being a little goofy about it). That’s why I put up the photo. And if someone notices it and goes to his website and buys a few CDs, even better. :)

    I love your dream. It’s awesome. And there’s no such thing as “too much Batman.”

    I want to have a Batman party.

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