"When he saw it, I wish you could have seen his face," said Jason Pippi, entertainment director of the blues. "He ran around in the evening wearing the swagger thing that only Charles Glenn can command."
That night, October 2nd, the Blues hoisted their championship banner and hoisted the Stanley Cup again before playing against the Washington Capitals. During a pause, Glenn was shown on the video screen and introduced to a rousing ovation. He hasn't returned to Enterprise Center since then – not because he avoided it, but because he was too busy.
In October, he sang the national anthem before two Cardinals playoff games at Busch Stadium, hoping to transfer his talisman powers to the local baseball team. In November, he said, his wife Nikki had to take him out of town for Thanksgiving Day to flee to Kansas City so that she could win him over. Glenn, who taught vocal music and choir at Missouri Baptist University and performed with his damn band at holiday festivals every night, had had no day off for two weeks when we spoke in early December. He hadn't planned to take a break soon either.
"I should be retired," said Glenn, "and I'm working harder than ever in my life."
But if his schedule allows, Glenn will listen to blues games on TV or on the radio and listen. He listens to his successors. Out of respect for Glenn, said Pippi, the Blues didn't want to hire a successor so quickly. Instead, they rely on the wealth of local talent, some of whom judged Glenn during the Summer Games.
"Often they are on and I say," Oh, I remember them. They were very good, "said Glenn." There is no weak link in the bunch. "
In these and other moments, Glenn misses singing the hymn. But he doesn't miss the long journeys to and from the arena. He also doesn't miss walking up and down all these concrete stairs. But the blues are another juggernaut running the Western Conference, and although Glenn's schedule for June is full – his daughter's wedding, a late trip to New York for the Tony Awards – he would appreciate the opportunity to repeat it.
"If you want me back, I'll be there," said Glenn. "I'll be well rested."