For the first time in the history of the awards show, Marketa was invited back to deliver her speech following the commercial break. Throughout 2008, Marketa continued to tour as The Swell Season covering the world twice over.
During this time Glen became a dear friend to the family and visited their home during times of repose from touring.
He also became a musical mentor to Marketa and in turn used her as a soundboard for new material he was writing.
At seven years Marketa began learning the piano as this had been her mother Jana’s own unfulfilled childhood dream.
Her father insisted a year later that she also learn to play guitar saying that the piano would be, in his words “too impractical to haul around”, unlike a guitar which can be carried on one’s back and passed around a campfire.
Marketa’s parents always kept their door open to travelers and all found a warm welcome in their home.