Melvin Donovan - A.K.A. the Melvinator
"After The Arden Fair Gig 2014" Hello fellow Fandalites and visitors!! Before we did this gig I said I would post some of it so you could see what my D.O.S. brothers and I do when we play live. The sound quality leaves a lot to be desired, but we had to use an old Sony digital camera for both audio and video. Unfortunately, the camera was set up too close th the P.A. speaker and not near enough to our amps, so that the vocals are way out front and there was no soundman to mix or adjust. I do plan to post the 2 original songs we played in the future. I hope you will enjoy this for what it is and we thank you for listening! D.O.S. is short for Donovan/Orr/Sutton Mel Donovan---John Orr----Ken Sutton
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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"Be My Baby" covered by Annette Boye & Mel Donovan Hello yet once again everyone! Today's posting is a cover of "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes that I have the pleasure of having Annette Boye singing the lead vocal. When we did "Stand By Me" together there was something in her voice that tickled my brain, but I couldn't quite recall the song that I was thinking of. Sure enough, several weeks later while at work I just started singing "BMB" out of the blue and realized that this was the song I was trying to recall. I contacted Annette and she recognized the song and agreed to give it a shot. Here then are the results with a video I put together last night. My grand daughter Noli is making her recording debut here by helping me with the clapping track. Thank you Annette for agreeing to doing this tune, I think you did an excellent sing. Thank all of you for watching, your support and any comments you wish to leave. One note; if Fando starts acting up, I plan to pull this and repost at a later time. This is due to the amount of time I have invested into recording all the instruments and backing vocals. OK then......here is our rendition, we hope you enjoy your visit!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar/bass
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Wilmington, Delaware
AWAKE promo Hello my friends, in an effort to give back at least some of the kindness and support that Kai showed me a couple of years ago as I was getting back into music, I would like to make you aware that the album AWAKE, which she was just writing songs for when I first met her is now available for purchase. She and her fellow artists did a fantastic job of bringing these songs to life and getting them to CD, so that they could be shared. The production and mixing of her excellent group of musicians is outstanding and worth the listen alone. Here are the links to her Reverbnation site and CdBaby page; http://www.reverbnation.com/kaibotak http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kaibotak2 I hope you will give this very talented and hard working artist your support. Enjoy her music please! The songs of mine posted here are songs that Kai helped inspire in one way or another. I should have included "Witchy Woman" and "Fly With Me", but this video is long already!!
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"Mrs Robinson" covered by Mel Donovan Cover of Mrs. Robinson It's hard to believe, but it is Sunday again!! I feel like I was just typing last week's intro a few hours ago. Any ways....hello fellow Fandalites and visitors. I have no orginal tunes ready for posting today, so I decided to do a live recording of a song I perform both solo and with my trio brothers, Ken and John. Which, by the way, I hope to have a live recording of our gig from this coming Saturday night to share with you all soon. In the meantime, here is my rendition of the classic Simon & Garfunkel tune, "Mrs. Robinson". I hope you enjoy or get a chuckle or any old up lifting feeling will do!! For those of you out there that do this type of thing, I reccomend you try this song.....it has a surprising amount of energy in it. Thanks for listening and feel free to comment and share. Cheers, Mel
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"Going Home" Hello again Fandolites and visitors to Fandalism!! It is another Sunday and this week's post features Pat Clarke on harp and Marc Roberge doing the drum fills for a song which is actually part of the "Astralys Awakening" new age opera we posted a few months ago. I added a new guitar track and Marc's drum fills and remixed to what you will hear here. These two wonderful artists have many great posts on their own pages and if you haven't already, please check them out as well. Thanks Pat for your excellent harp play on this tune, it is much appreciated!! We hope you will all enjoy the show! Thanks for watching!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
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"Skipping Stones" "Skipping Stones" Hello again my fellow Fandalites and visitors to my page! Another week has come and gone and I find it hard to believe it is so, but I do have a new original tune ready to post and this is due to the great play and sincere effort on the part of Scott Powers and Stephen Jones who agreed to add there creative input to a little rhythm guitar riff I had sent to them. Their play lifted the song and gave me the inspiration for the backing guitar track I added after we had solved the mystery of the syncing problems we were having. Here now is the final result of our combined efforts set to a video I put together last night. Thank you Scott and Steve for your excellent play and thank you all for taking time to listen!! We hope you enjoy. Also, Scott and Stephen have their own pages with a ton of quality songs on them, so do take a trip their way when you can. Cheers............Mel, Scott and Steve!! Mel Donovan; original composition, 12-string rhythm, 6-string backing guitar, mixing, video production Scott Powers; bass guitar syncing detective Stephen Jones; lead guitar
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"Time Squeeze" "Time Squeeze" Mel Donovan Hello again dear friends and visitor's to Fando... read moreland! Wow, it seems like just yesterday we were posting "Water", now here we are again. This tune actually deals with the subject of time and an effect it has on every one of us, whether you want it to or not. The idea for this tune came about in a conversation with the first person I ever collaborated with through the net. We were talking about her dad's unbending will to hike The Pesidential Range, even though his injuries from a rock climbing accident less than a year earlier, had still not full healed. I said to her that it sounded like he was feeling the squeeze of time and she replied; "That sounds like your next song". And so, here it is almost a year later. Finished with the help of Marc Roberge on drums, Tedd VanWagner on lap steel and bass and with video help from my dear Queen....Melody Dawn, who was able to create a sequence in the video, that I couldn't possibly do myself. I thank to the three of you for your creative input and making the song more meaningful. We all thank you for taking the time to watch and listen to our collaboration! Your comments are most welcomed!! I realized today that I forgot to mention my good friend Pierre Rosique sent me the different clock chimes some months ago, which I edited and mixed together for this tune. Thanks Pierre! Mel Donovan; song idea, 12-string, lyrics, vocals, video editing Marc Roberge; drums Tedd Van Wagner; bass, lap steel guitar Melody Dawn; video production of the clock motion segment Thanks again every body.........HAVE FUN!!!
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:Water" Thank You Message I started out thinking to post a cover of a Crowded House tune called "Better Be Home Soon" and ended up with a thank you note to all of you in the process. The harmonies on the tune are from the TC Helicon effects peddle. THANKS for your support!!
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Water" "Water" by Mel Donovan & Kathy Shortt Hello dear friends and visitors to Fandalism! It is... read more has been a fantastic joy and honor to work with Kathy on an original tune that started with the simple 12-string guitar riff running through the song,to the 100th final take of Kathy's vocal!! No, not really!! This is #12 of 15 decided on by a scientific study conducted Friday and Saturday by....you guessed it, Kathy and Adam (?). Seriously though, I do really appreciate the amount of effort and time Kathy put into this song and she also did the video, which I love almost as much as her voice. I also want to thank Mr. Kent Taylor for his excellent play on drums and Phil Beauchamp, for his violin solo which adds a special touch to the song. So here it is, after months in the oven; "Water" We certainly hope you enjoy your listen and thanks for your comments and support, which make Fando the great community that it is. Mel Donovan; composition, 12-string guitar, synth bass, synth strings, production Kathy; song idea, lyrics, vocals, video Kent Taylor; drums Phil Beauchamp; violin solo Water Water, water, water Ships run through the water in a mist Eager to watch for just one glimpse Waves that tower to great heights Seem to have the power that I can’t fight. Water seems so crystal clear See my reflection slightly, smeared. Chorus Oh, Oh sit by this ocean side Hope that ship takes me for a ride Oh, Oh I sit by this ocean side Hope that ship takes me for a ride On a ride, on a ride 2VRS As ships run through the water in a mist I anchor my dreams for just one kiss Water seems to want to pull me in Wash away my secrets, drown my sins Shipwrecked heart floating by Ready to for love one more time Water seem so crystal clear See my reflection slightly, smeared CHORUS 2X Kathy shortt Kathy Shortt All rights reserved (c) 2014
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/songwriter/keyboard
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Wilmington, Delaware
Live Saturday Night 7 19 14 Live Saturday Night Well here it is Sunday again and I don't have a formal song/video ready at this time to post, so last night I decided to record something live for a couple of reasons; 1) I wanted to put these compositions in public and see if anyone out there wants to possibly work with them and 2) because I wanted to promote a collab I have been working on with Kathy Shortt, since March. The song is called "Water" and Kathy wrote and is singing the lyrics to a composition I play all instruments on except on drums, we are honored to have Mr. Kent Taylor (yes also wanted dead or alive for being ring leader of the Taylor Gang) and Kathy's friend Phil on violin. Posting date is still not 100% firm....but soon. So any way, there are 2 compositions here; the 1st is incomplete, but gives the listener the idea of where it is going; the 2nd I do have a total arrangement for, although it was deleted when my recorder crashed and I will have to start from scratch on recording the work file for it. Don't forget the teaser for "Water" at the very end!! Thanks for listening!!! Cheers, Mel
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New Day Whoops, I meant to write this 9 hours ago!! hehe Oh well, first let say thanks to Marc for agreeing to add his drums and bass play to this tune. His play influenced my play as I added additional tracks to his foundation. "The sun comes up" stuck in my head right from the get go and I just went with it. The melody line just fell right into place as did the harmonies. As a lot of you know for yourselves, some songs come easy and some songs come hard. This tune for what ever reason came easy. Hope you enjoy your listen and we appreciate your comments. Mel Donovan; basically everything except I needed Marc's drums and bass to get me going and he really did a great job doing that!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Helplessly Hoping Hello my friends, today I am happy to be sharing a post with Toni Schicho and Gabi Klima of a cover tune from Crosby, Stills and Nash called "Helplessly Hoping". It seems that we share an admiration for their music and there seems to be little of it being done in Fandoland. I was happy to recieve Toni and Gabi's invite and enjoyed singing along with their tracks. We hope you will enjoy your listen and thanks Toni and Gabi for this opportunity. Toni and Gabi did all the hard work here, I just added a harmony part. Gabi handled the beautiful video work.
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Stand by me Annette and Melvin Cover of a Ben E. King original tune. Hello again folks!! This week I am happy to share a cover tune called "Stand By Me" written by Ben E. King. Annette posted this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and as soon as I started playing it, I found myself singing along with her on this classic. I sent her a request for her tracks so that I could add the backing vocals and happily she did just that. Here now is the results. Annette added her guitar part to a backing track and sang a very beautiful lead vocal to which I added three part harmony backing vocals. Please sing along if you feel the urge to. Thank you Annette for this opportunity to sing with you and for the help you have given to me in the past. You are a great example of what Fandalism is all about!! Thanks for listening dear friends!! Cheers!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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AS EASY AS TAKING CANDY FROM A BABY, 2014"As Easy As Taking Candy From A Baby" HG Schmitz and Mel Donovan Hello our fellow Fando citizens and visitors!! What a great pleasure and honor it is for me to once again work with HG on one of his awesome compositions which he performed and recorded and then sent to lucky me for the addition of lyrics and vocals. HG knows my love of the acoustic guitar and as soon as I heard this recording I fell in love with this tune. There are a lot of mood changes as the music flows along and thankfully I had a real life experience that matched this in it's peaks and valleys as time went by. I have to thank Hans for all the wonderful music he has asked me to be involved with as well as the many songs of mine that he has added such great tracks to. I should also mention that HG gives his collaborators total freedom in the creative process, such a good idea, I use it in my other collabs as well. We all know that it is the love of music that is the engine that drives Fando forward and we wish all of you the best in your creative efforts, which collectively, allow Fandalism to shine like a beacon to like minded artists.HG and I sincerely appreciate your support and we hope now, you will enjoy a listen to our tune. Thanks for watching and listening and of course, comments are welcomed. HG Shmitz; song idea, performed and recorded all instruments, mixed and mastered final tracks and edited the video from Vimeo Mel Donovan; lyrics, performed and recorded all vocals and edited the cover photo
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"I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" cover By Marc & Mel "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" by The Be... read moreatles A cover by Marc Roberge & Mel Donovan Hello again friends and visitors to Fandalism, it is once again my pleasure to share with you a collaboration between Marc and me, this tune is a cover of a Beatles' song that Marc, Glenn Basham and I discussed doing while we were involved with getting "Springtime" ready. Unfortunately, Glenn's computer has caught a virus and is unable to collaborate at the present time. So Marc ended up performing and recording all the instruments except my 12-string rhythm track and I performed and recorded all the vocal tracks becuase I have become addicted to doing harmonies!!! hehehe Sorry Marc!! Glenn, we are sorry you were unable to play with us on this one, but there are many more songs to come. Comments are welcome and we appreciate you taking time to listen!! We hope you enjoy and we will be seeing you in Fandoland on your pages!! Cheers! Original song; The Beatles Marc Roberge; drums, bass, electric rhythm guitar, solo guitar, video production Marc's page;http://fandalism.com/mroberge/c2zw Mel Donovan; all vocals, 12-string rhythm guitar, mixing and cover photo
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
Seven Bridges Road performed by Lori Oz and Mel Donovan Hello again my fellow citizens of Fandalism and visitors as well. It is my great pleasure to share with you an acapella version of "Seven Bridges Road" that many of you may have listened to on Lori's page a few days ago. As soon as I finished listening to her solo version, I immediately sent a request to her asking if she would be willing to send me that very file so that I could try singing along with her. I was very happy to receive her track and began to work with it right away. The results are what you are about to hear. I have wanted to sing with Lori ever since first hearing her awesome voice and we have agreed to a future collaboration of an original tune when such a tune becomes available and we can both fit it into our schedules. This is truly a honor for me and we hope you will enjoy your listen!! Lori Oz: Lead vocal Mel Donovan: all harmonies and mixing, video editing
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Astralys The Awakening" "Astralys The Awakening" Hello fellow Fandalites and visitors!! It is once again my great pleasure and honor to share with you a collaboration between Pierre Rosique, Melody Dawn and myself in the ongoing story of Astralys. We are very happy to announce the addtion of two new members to our Starship and hope you will share in our appreciation of their excellent contributions to our musical journey!! Annemiek Beex was kind enough to write and record the music to "The Awakening", a gospel song that Melody then wrote lyrics for and sang all the vocals to. Mr. Pat Clarke was so kind as to add his wonderful harp play to the "Going Home" song that I wrote and recorded. The Captain, Mr. Pierre Rosique, contributed his always facinating sounds in order for us to complete the whole mozaic and give a full audio painting of our voayge upon the Starship Astralys!! We hope you will enjoy your trip with us and without further delay.....LET"S FLY!! Starship Members; PIERRE ROSIQUE; Captain of Starship Astralys; soundscape engineer, co-creator MELODY DAWN; The Queen, lyrics and vocals on "The Awakening", artwork for the video, co-creator MEL DONOVAN: Troubadour Starship Astralys; writting, performing, recording of "Going Home", project co-ordinator, mixing of audio, editing of video, co-creator ANNEMIEK BEEX; Directer of entertainment-Starship Astralys; writing, performing and recording of "The Awakening" PAT CLARKE; Chief entertainer- Starship Astralys; performing and recording of harmonica track on "Going Home" Discussions of the next book already under way. Cheers and thanks for watching!!
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Springtime" Thanks to Marc Roberge for the drums; James Noble for the bass and solo guitar; Jerome LaMay for the lyrics and vocals on the last verse. Thanks also to the other artists that considered this song. Hope you enjoy your listen and have a great spring and summer season!!
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Because" Cover Tune "Because" by The Beatles A cover tune project by Glenn Basham, Jerome Jr. LeMay and Mel Donovan Hello fellow Fandalites and visitors. It is my great pleasure to present to you the results of our experiment to see if we could do a cover of "Because". Be assured we were not positive we could achieve this goal and it wasn't until I recieved Glenn's vocal tracks and had them on the recorder with Jay's and mine and hit the play button, that I felt we had done what we had set out to do, cover the best example of The Beatles' vocal talents. Each of us did three separate tracks of our respective harmony part. I must make mention of the fact we were saved countless hours of time and trouble by finding a break down of these parts on youtube. Here is the link if you are interested in checking it out.http://youtu.be/qWONqXt1XZ8 As musicians, I think you will find this video quite interesting as well. So, we had all the vocal tracks and this made up the acapella version. At some point Jay said to me, he couldn't wait to hear it with the music. I had been learning to play the song in case we decided to go this route. Anyone who has played twelve string will tell you they hate bar chords....very hard on the hands and that is mostly how this song is played. I put away the twelve and opted for the electric 6-string, capoed on the 2nd fret. This allowed for more open chords to be played. I chose the effects to resemble the sound on the original and added a synth cello and picolo to fill the music out. It was once again a great pleasure to work with Glenn Basham and for the first time with Jerome LeMay. We have already agreed between us to do an original tune in the near future which will feature three part harmonies of our own design. Thanks Glenn and Jay for taking the risk with me and putting your best effort forward and Jay, nice surprise adding your guitar track for yet another version. Ok......enough said. Here then is both versions. Please enjoy your listen! Glenn Basham: Paul McCartney's vocal part Jerome LeMay: John Lennon's vocal part Mel Donovan: George Harrison's vocal part, electric guitar, synth cello & picolo mixing and mastering Thank you John, Paul, George and Ringo for all the hours of pleasure listening to, playing and singing your music!!!
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"Dawn Patrol" "Dawn Patrol" Hello friends and visitors to Fandoland! It is my privilege to ... read morehave the input of two very talented artists from Fandalism on this sleepy little song, that they injected a massive dose of go- juice into! I am speaking of Mr. Danny Roffe and Mr. HG Schmitz. It is my great fortune to have come to know these two musicians and to have there input on this tune. Any one of you, that has ever been to an air show will know why, I was extremely happy to find some free video from the U.S.A.F Thunderbirds flight team to go along with this music. It is to them that this music video is dedicated. We do not indorse war as a means of settling the differences which arise between governments, but there is a majestic power to these machines in flight that is undeniable. It is our hope that peace will one day dominate our world. For the time being, we hope you will all enjoy the show and the music!! From, Danny, HG and myself, thank you for watching and your comments! Mel Donovan; song composition; 12-string rhythm guitar, synth harp Danny Roffe; lead guitars HG Schmitz; bass & drum programs; mixing and mastering Video courtesy of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds!! Thank you for your service!
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Witchy Lady" 2 "Witchy Lady" Before I post the original intro I would like to apologize to BiBi ... read more for using her Fando photo in the first version of this video before getting her authorization. This was an oversight on my part due to my haste in getting the video done and what I thought was a non-controversial song. Be sure that I have now gotten permission from the other original artists as well as one other and two other invited declined to be included. This has been a real learning experience for me and for that I thank you BiBi. Now here is the original intro: "Witchy Lady" (c) 2013 Hello dear friends and visitors to Fandalism, while waiting for current projects to come to completion, I looked into my files and found this song which I lost the original tracks to when my recorder crashed last December. So, this mix that was on my laptop is all I have left of it and I decided what the heck last night and set about putting together a video to go with it. The person who inspired this song was actually the first person I collaborated with over the internet and without whose kindness and encouragement early on, I simply would not be writing these words to you right now. I learned so much from this very kind soul and will be grateful to her until my last breath is drawn. This is dedicated to all the "Witchy Ladies" on Fandalism who dazzle us with your singing and sparkling personalities!! Sorry I couldn't include all of you, for you all are inspiring to us!! Hope you enjoy the song and thanks for listening!!! Mel Donovan: wrote, performed, recorded and mixed this tune so there is no one else to lay blame to!!! hehehhahahalalalala Thank you to the artist's whose photos they permitted me to use in order of appearance; Hilde Svendsrud; Darcy Jeavons; Kathy Shortt; Leila Licks; HG Schmitz; Lori Oz; Lisa Gill; Nicole Tremlay I really appreciate your help and really after all IT IS just a song!!
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Thinking Out Loud" the title song from my second 13 song CD finished in November 2012. "Witchy Lady" is also on this CD and I will re-post that song with the new video next Monday. This tune is more in the spirit of the Easter celebration this Sunday. Mel Donovan: all performance and production and video editing Please enjoy your listen!!
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Wilmington, Delaware
Happy Endings Hello again Fandolites and visitors!! While waiting for some current projects to be brought to a finish, I found myself missing my Sunday upload and community block party. So, I looked back for something to post, added a video on the quick and this is the result. The story on facebook was a real post someone shared and the inspiration for the lyrics also came from this kind soul. Thank you for your support and friendship!! Let's keep making music 'till the end comes!!!
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"Astralys Queen" Hello again Fandolites and visitor's! Welcome to the show. It is a great honor and privilege for us to premiere this project, which is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, between Melody Dawn, Pierre Rosique and myself. For if any one of us was not on this project, it certainly would not be the same result as you will hear here! But the collaboration does not end with us; we need each of you to complete the project by creating the video.....within your mind. We respectfully ask that before you push play, please use headphones or earbuds, get comfortable and relax, close your eyes and send us all your money....eeerrrr.....I mean, join us on our trip to Astralys, to discover what has happened to the Queen. Thank you for turning off your cell phones and NOT reading the comments, while your video is playing. We hope you enjoy your flight!! Song idea: this song is an extension of Pierre's "Astralys Memory" Melody Dawn: The Queen, spoken word, vocals, creator Pierre Rosique: Set director, Synthesizers, all sound effects, mixing and mastering, creator Mel Donovan: Troubadour, vocals, 12-string and electric guitars, creator With great respect and appreciation, we dedicate this song to all of you wonderful artists in the Fandalism community, our shared love of music and the light it shines in the world is unmatched!! Thanks for listening and collaborating with us!!
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"Ulterior Motives" Hello again dear Fandolites and visitors!! It is again my honor and great ple... read moreasure to present a collaboration between Mr. HG Schmitz and myself. HG recorded all the instruments and sent me the mix with the message; "Mel, I think your voice is right for this tune, will you consider singing something to it?" As before with "Sweet Whispers" my reaction was imediate and as I listened to the song, I felt inspired by what I heard!! I asked HG if there was a particular subject he had in mind for the lyrics and his reply was; "No, just keep the title "Ulterior Motive" please." It has been my experience so far in collaborations, to allow your fellow artists total freedom in the creative process, you never know what they will come up with and with that in mind, I went right to work recording and the first part I did and kept was the very last part of the song, of course!! We would like to dedicate this song to Hilde! Her and HG's story is the kind you read in fairytales!! Please enjoy your listen and thanks for visiting!! HG Schmitz: all instruments, mixing and mastering, original music tracks Mel Donovan: lyrics and vocals Hilde Svensdrud: inspiration!!
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If I Fell (Beatles cover) - Glenn Basham and Melvin Donovan Hello dear Fandolites and visitors, After listening to quite a number of Glenn's uploads, I was quite amazed by the resemblance of Glenn's voice to Paul McCartney's and I have been told on occasion that mine sounds similar to John Lennon's. Probably doesn't have anything to do with singing Beatle songs for 50 years now!! lol....is that possible??? We both, as well as so many other folks, just LOVE The Beatles music still after all these years. Now there has been some discussion on the merits of doing cover tunes as close to the original as possible versus "making them your own" or making some changes to the original to put it in other words. I find myself agreeing with both points of view. The rendition that Kent Taylor did of "Dear Prudence" for instance, in my opinion was outstanding. Glenn's and my goal with "If I Fell" was to see if we could capture the heart of John and Paul's harmonies with our voices. This is why there is only one acoustic guitar (true, 12 strings, but) and our two voices. We leave it up to you the listener to decide if we achieved our goal. At the very least, we surely hope you enjoy your listen, as we enjoyed working together on this fantastic tune. song written by Lennon-McCartney Paul's vocal part; Glenn Basham John's vocal part; Mel Donovan Rhythm guitar; Mel Donovan Video; GlennBasham Thank you for watching and please feel free to comment!! Best wishes!!
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Wilmington, Delaware
Anytime AnywhereI started on this song in late August of last year, but it wasn't until Mr. Kent T.... read more.. read moreaylor added his drums and I redid the vocals for the hundredth time, that I am finally satisfied with the results. Thank you Kent for the valuable lesson you taught me about syncing and that 1/100's of a second can make a world of difference in the relation between the drums and other instruments. I thank everyone on this wonderful Fandalism site for your kind words, encouragement and support and friendship!! Together we are a light shining in a world full of dark places! Please enjoy your listen!Mel Donovan; original song idea, lyrics, guitars, bass, vocals, video editingKent Taylor; drums and support!! Also, I strongly suggest you visit Kent's page to hear some of his other stellar work!!;http://fandalism.com/kentavious I should have posted this originally, but didn't think to. There is a duo called JC&Laney and they played a large part in the inspiration for the style of this song. I suggest you visit them on their Reverbnation site and check some super fine writing and singing! These folks are making a living doing music, NOT an easy thing to do these days, but once you hear them, you will know why!! ;http://www.reverbnation.com/jcandlaney These two would be right at home here, if they had the time!!
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"Everybody" Hello again everyone in Fandoland!!! It is with great pleasure and honor to post a new song on which the talented Mr. HG Schmitz was kind enough to give his time and attention to. Once again his intuition as to what best will lift a song up are evident in the tracks that he added. Thank you HG!!! The general shape of this song was on my recorder by the end of December, but it was a conversation that took place on Kent Taylor's page in early January between him, Marc Roberge, Tedd and eventually HG and myself and others, that motivated me to start recording the vocals a few minutes later. The subject of discussion was the spirit with which the folks of Fandolism have come together to celebrate- not compete, to build up- not tear down, to share-not to covet and to laugh-not argue!! That is a lot of talent on this Fandalism site, but fortunately for us all, it seems the egos have been left behind. It has been the greatest pleasure of my life in recent years to have become a member of this community!!! So come on EVERYBODY and let's celebrate our shared love of music!! Mel Donovan; original song idea, lyrics, vocals, 12 string guitar HG Schmitz; drum programs, bass, slide guitar solo, mixing and mastering Please enjoy your listen and thanks for your support and friendship!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Astralys Memory (Twilight at water's edge) Hello again dear Fando friends!! It is with great pleasure that I am able to share with you a composition, "Astralys Memory", which Pierre Risoque uploaded before Christmas with an invitation to guitarists, to contact him if they had a desire to add to his creation. I did not hesitate to reply with the hope that I could possibly find some colors to add to his already beautiful musical painting. Pierre was kind enough to send me two mixes, one with the drums and one without. There is something magical to me about the way these drums come in and out of the painting, so I worked with that mix exclusively. What you hear here is Pierre's final mix of his pristine sounds and my guitar add-ons. As I worked with his music a very vivid picture formed in my mind as to what story was being told and if I had several months, an endless money supply and some professional motion picture help, you would be seeing that in this video!! But, that not being the case, I searched Vimeo and finally on page 246 or so, there was this video by Sven Zickler (free-inspiration.com) that is so beautiful, I thought it would to a great job with some editing. So, here is Pierre's masterpiece with a little bit of color he allowed me to add. Please enjoy the journey!! Thank you Pierre for your generosity and kindness, hope you like the video as well!!! Pierre Rosique; song idea and composition, mixing and mastering, recorded all sounds except guitars Mel Donovan; 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, video editing Sven Zickler; original video
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"The End Song" is the short version of "The Endless Song" with HG's and my guitar solos only, but in... read more addition, there are more backing vocals by Melody Dawn and two choruses made up of three tracks by Leila Licks and two of mine, plus Melody in there as well. I want to finish up last years work before starting on this years and these two ladies responded without hesitation to our invite to add some vocals to our Kelly-b project. I felt it is only right that their wonderful efforts be made public and thus the reason behind this version. As I made the video last night, the realization that just the four of us made this full sounding version come to life struck me. My deepest felt thanks to HG, Melody and Leila for joining me on this project!! Leila has just come to Fandoland at my urging and she uploaded her first song Sunday night. I hope you all will give her a warm welcome as she is very much a kindred spirit. So, on with the show now; Mel Donovan; song idea, backing tracks, vocals, 2nd guitar solo, arrangement, mixing and video production HG Schmitz; 1st guitar solo, drum program, sound effects Melody Dawn Town; backing vocals throughout Leila Licks; three tracks in the chorus Please enjoy your listen!! Here is Leila'sink;http://fandalism.com/leilalicks I'm sure we are all familiar with HG's and Melody's!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
The Endless Song First I also want to apologize to Michel Gypen for the syncing problem, must be gremlins in the machine:-) also to the artists who for various reasons could not be included in this final version. We thank you for your time and effort and hope you will understand. To HG I can't think of words to express my gratitude in bringing this project to fruition, for truly without your organizational skills and musical genius, this video would not exist. To the contributors; once again, what words express the feelings of seeing your dreams come true! The spirit with which you each took on this project is what makes this Fandalism site special. It is the expression each and every one of you added individually that makes this song a celebration of music. My heart felt thanks goes out to each and all!! And Melody, thank you so much for your vocal tracks, which all will be able to hear more of in a time not yet determined. To Leila Licks; Your vocal tracks are also much appreciated and will not go to waste, but also will be forthcoming. To Pud: I hope you have had a chance to visit these many fine people you have brought together here through your site. To me it almost seems a miracle!!! Thank you. One more note.....In a conversation with a friend on Reverbnation the subject of what would make us happy came up. He made a funny remark the point of which was, he'd have a million selling hit. I replied that I was not really sure. I now know the answer because it has happened!! What makes me happy is the respect and FRIENDSHIP of my fellow musicians. Thank you one and all for being the wonderful people you are....Now, is there anyone who is going to listen to 1/2 hours worth of guitarists again, after reading the comments on HG's page, it doesn't really doesn't matter anymore....I am as happy as I can be!!!
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/songwriter
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Wilmington, Delaware
Best Wishes 2 Hello all my friends in Fando Land!!! First, let me thank Michel Gypen fort his wonderful interpretation of "Best Wishes" on the "Best Wishes1" video. I couldn't be more pleased than listening to his style of play and where he went with the song. As I listened to the original backing tracks, I thought that I heard another whole song in there and began experimenting with it myself What you will hear here is the results of that. This is a great example of how different artists can hear different things from the same tracks and end up with such a diverse sound. The MAGIC OF MUSIC is alive and well in Fando Land and we get to hear it every day!!! Please enjoy your visit, it is my pleasure to have you come by!! Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season my friends!!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/keyboard/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"You've Got toHide Your Love Away" Beatles cover tune by Mel Donovan Hello Fando alumni!! I recorded this simple Beatle's tune the same day as "This Boy" and decided to upload it today on impulse. This is one of The Beatles' tunes we always played around the campfire, everyone knew the words and it was easy to play!! But what a great song from a fabulous movie. I remember we all went to the store and bought black t-shirts and faded jeans like Paul was wearing in the movie. I was finally able to purchase the Help dvd and my grand children loved watching it as well. Ok then, "I can say no more" but please enjoy and sing along loud!!! That way I sound better!!! hahehehlalala.....LOVE music!!
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Traveller - Home Again This is a song that my long time friend and fellow band-mate and D.O.S. brot... read moreher wrote back when we were a working band. We actually started on re-recording this recently, but Ken's health issue and then my recorder crash, wiped out the tracks we had done. I hope that Ken's health will improve so that we can finish what we started with this wonderful tune of his. Hope you enjoy your listen and thanks for all the kind and generous comments being left here on my page, it truly warms my heart!! P.S. Ken is in the blue shirt..John, the other member of D.O.S. our current trio team, is in the striped shirt and I'm the one with the beard...yes I used to have hair!!! lalala
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Best Wishes 1 Michel Gypen has done a stellar job of musical work on this collaboration by taking th... read moree basic tracks of my composition and making it his own in no uncertain terms. I recorded the basic tracks one evening after dinner and it was one of those songs that came out of nowhere and very easily. I think it was much more work for Michel because there was not enough space in the original mix for him to just add his guitar solo. His comment to me when he gave me his final mix was;" I didn't really intend for it to have a country flair to it, that's just how it turned out." My reply to him later was that I didn't intend to record a song meant for him to play on, but as soon as I heard the mix I had that night. I sent it to him immediately with the message that this song is meant for you Michel, if you feel moved to add a guitar part for it, please do so. This very similar to what happened between HG and myself and I'm sure it has happened to some of you who are listening now. I intend to ask Marc Roberge if there any mention of this in music literature. OK enough then, please enjoy your listen and feel free to share if you feel moved to. Thanks from Michel and myself for your time!!! And here is the youtube link if you would like to watch in full screen;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBwfsk2nFaQ Please feel free to visit my site reverbnation.com/themelvinator for more songs that have not been posted here on Fandalism.
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/keyboard
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Wilmington, Delaware
This acoustic rock song was inspired by a "Top 10 List" of special interest groups who influence decision making in Washington and begs the question; Who represents the children? My heart felt thanks to all of you Fandalism alumni for your support, encouragement , inspiration and most of all kindness. Hope you enjoy your listen!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Sweet Whispers Never Give Up It is with great pleasure that I have had the opportunity to co-create with HG Schmitz another song that we hope you will enjoy listening to as well. HG has helped lift my original tunes to a level I could not achieve alone and I can't thank him enough!! I have to leave for work 45 minutes ago, so I hope you enjoy your listen!! Thanks!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Hello my friends on Fandalism and beyond. Marc Roberge shared a video of him playing live several years ago at a party and at the time I didn't realize I had access to some vintage footage from my "Traveller" band days that are on youtube via Micheal Schwartz. You have heard me speak of this band in my comments and here is a video, none of us remember doing, performing a tune I wrote called The DeBracck of The Delaware Bay.....eventually just called Delaware Bay. Hope you enjoy this look back with me!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/songwriter/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
Hello wonderful Fando alumni!!! This song has just burst into being over the past few days and thanks to HG's help with the drum program, solo guitar part and mixing and mastering, it is our pleasure to present to you for your listening pleasure! Mel Donovan; song idea, lyrics, vocals, rythym guitar, bass, electric guitar fill HG Schmitz; drum program, guitar solo, mix and mastering Lyrics Remember When Do you remember when we use to dance Do you remember when we took that chance Do you remember singing through the night Everyone was feeling all right Singing around the campfire Sharing what we had Everyone was happy No one feeling sad Do you remember going into school All the kids there thought they were so cool Listening to The Beatles and the Stones Getting high before we headed on home Making it to the weekend and another fire Watching as the flames go Higher and higher Voices getting higher Spirits rising higher Into the night Do you remember thinking we knew it all Learn it while we slept through study hall Get rich quick not a care in the world Have a fine home with that special girl Singing round the campfire Sharing what we had Everybody happy No one feeling sad Singing round the campfire Sharing what we had Everybody happy No one feeling sad Now here we are so many years gone by Those dreams vanished like the moon from the sky Don't want to be a moaner Don't want to be a groaner Don't want to be alone tonight Along comes another weekend Have to work it through Wish we were all singing How about you How about me How about we all do!!!! Thanks HG for your help with this little number. Hope I got all this right. And thanks to all of you for listening and sharing your creations with us!! Wish we could all get together and have one heck of a campfire!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
Kick Ass Ladies is a song from HG Schmitz with Danny Roffe joining on guitar. HG has been generous enough to allow me to make public this version on which I have the pleasure and honor to add a vocal track which I was inspired to do one afternoon a few weeks back. The first few times I heard this song I was totally blown away by the power and energy of the music with both of these great guitarists hammering away at the listener with everything they had. However, on that afternoon it was as if a path through a darkened wood had suddenly been lit and I could see/hear right where the vocal could go. It is without question a great honor to share in this song with HG and Danny and present to you the results of that afternoon. Thank you HG for being so kind. Please enjoy your listen. HG Schmitz- song idea, all other instruments, arrangement, mix and mastering Danny Roffe- solo guitar Mel Donovan- lyrics and vocals Lyrics You see her coming, coming down the street Just the kind of woman you'll never meet That doesn't stop you from wanting her You can't even find the right words Then she's passing right by you Catching every eye around you Anywhere she goes people stop and stare Some kind of static in the air Kick ass lady You can't afford the clothes she wears You can't afford to fix her hair You can't afford to put that smile on her face You can't afford to take her any place Still you want, want, want her Though you'll never, ever have her Want to be her dream man But you know you can't And it makes you mad Ummmm jeez, if only I see her coming back up the street I can't even think or speak I lie awake at night in my bed Images of her dancing in my head A kick-ass lady and that's no lie If she touched me I think I'd die I can't help myself can't give up on this dream No matter how hopeless it may seem A kick-ass lady She's just a kick-ass, kick-ass lady Somebody save me Somebody help me Somebody save me PLEASE
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
This Boy live cover; Thanks to Glenn, Don, John and Budd, I have wanted to do a Beatles' cover tune for a while and finally found time to record "This Boy" today. I am using the Helicon GTX VoiceplayLive effects peddle for the harmonies both here and when I perform live solo. I would like to thank Annette again for giving me the information that led to my purchase of this wonderful piece of equipment. I have noted over time, just how many of the Fando artists have The Beatles listed as one of their inspirations and this is not surprising considering how they changed the world. I still think of them the best band ever and believe they will never be matched. Hope this recording does them justice. Thanks to all the Fandalism artists for the hours of pleasure I've had listening to your music and your support and kind words. Hope you enjoy!
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Just did a remix of this song I first posted on Reverbnation quite some time back. For those who have served in the U.S. military, a "Dear John" letter is one of your worse nightmares come true and it just so happened to me. A long, long, long, time ago. But the feelings were so intense, it was not that difficult to reconnect with them in order to write this song. Hope you will enjoy your listen! Thanks for your time and fellowship!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
This tune has been waiting on my recorder for a while now. I finally added the drum program, remixed and remastered it and it is time to set it free. The song is about coping with the space between friends. Hope you enjoy and thanks for your support and fellowship!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Remixed this song written in spring of 2012 at the height of the "occupy" movement. Not much has changed, so it's just as relevant now as then. Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy. I just returned from an evening out only to find quite a number of uploads from today and wanted to join in the fun!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/songwriter
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Wilmington, Delaware
After The Storm
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/songwriter/keyboard
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Wilmington, Delaware
Fly With Me This video features the pictures of just some of my early supporters, with out their inspiration and kind encouragement, I most likely would not be typing this message right now!! Love you guys, your spirit shines!! THANKS
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/songwriter
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Wilmington, Delaware
Written on a cold, rainy. December day with thoughts of tropical paradise dancing in my head.
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/songwriter
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Wilmington, Delaware
Seemed to me it must be upload weekend on Fando, so here is my submission...hope you enjoy!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
YOUR DOOR
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/keyboard
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Wilmington, Delaware
Thanks to HG Schmitz for his new drum tracks, lead guitar parts, re-mix and mastering and whatever other magic he performed on this tune. I believe the original is posted here also, if you care to compare the two different final songs. Thanks for a great improvement on my original tune HG....awesome lead at the end!!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Had this laying around, figured I'd just put it up. No video...no time.
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/keyboard/songwriter
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Wilmington, Delaware
The Circus
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
CRY BABY CRY Beatles cover tune
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Fire&Rain live cover tune
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Happy Endings with live vocal through a TCHelicon effects pedal Thanks Annette !!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/songwriter/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
THE EDGE with Pete Press on drums, my frustration overfloweth
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/songwriter/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
CALLING A spiritual message in song form, hope you enjoy and thanks for watching!!
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/songwriter/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Full recording with Ken Sutton playing lead and singing harmonies etc.
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
BEAUTY
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/keyboard
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Wilmington, Delaware
REUNION solo live
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
ANY MORE for better sound quality I used the actual recording, no live tracks.
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals/songwriter
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Wilmington, Delaware
ANY MORE live lead vocal and rhythm guitar along with recorded tracks. For full recording go to reverbnation.com/themelvinator. Thanks for watching!!
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
THIS, BUDD, IS FOR YOU
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
THE FORGE Kelly-B base with full accompaniment, hope you enjoy
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Melvin Donovan - All parts
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Gentle Breezes; recorded last year during the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Melvin Donovan - All parts
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Wilmington, Delaware
"ASTRAY" acoustic live version This song is a gift to me to share with you,
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
KELLY b acoustic from "THE FORGE"
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
Has the feel of a bright sunny day and love is in the air!!
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Melvin Donovan - All parts
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Good Love Going Bad" is one of the first tunes I recorded on my Korg D3200 difgital recorder. Since then the recorder crashed and I lost of the information/tracks used for this mix.I would love to be able and go back and re-work this song, but it "is what it is" now. Hope you enjoy!
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Melvin Donovan - All parts except drums are a program
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Wilmington, Delaware
Followers 239   
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Instruments Guitar, Songwriter, Vocals, Keyboard
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