Melvin Donovan - Guitar, Songwriter, Keyboard - "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
"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 - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Isn't It A Pity" by George Harrison A cover by Kent Taylor, Bob Clements and Mel WAIT!!! WAIT!... read more!!! WAIT!!! here is Kent's page:http://fandalism.com/kentavious and here is Bob's link;http://fandalism.com/bobbobbob Don't push play yet!!This cover came about truly by accident, let me explain. I was fooling around on guitar one day and started playing a D major chord with the G flat played on the low E string and an open E on the high E string finger picking style. I really liked this sound, so I at the spur of the moment, I moved all of my fingers down a 1/2 step and this sounded very cool. I then followed it down to an E-minor and was thinking that this would make for a nice song. So I started to hum the melody that worked with this chord progression and suddenly realized it was without a doubt, "Isn't It A Pity". This bummed me out just a bit, but then I decided what the hell, I might as well use it and do the cover. I had been wanting to do another tune with Kent for quite some time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity because his soulful voice would work perfectly with the subject matter of the song, so I sent him the idea and thankfully he agreed to sing on the song as well. While waiting for Kent to get over the flu etc....etc.... the thought occurred that we would need some slide guitar and my mind turned to Bob Clements because of his well know love of The Beatles and how very close some of his songs sound like Harrison might have written them. I contacted Bob and he also agreed to add the slide guitar. My heart felt thanks go to both of these excellent artists and good friends, it was certainly my pleasure to work with you guys!!!!! OK......enough said! We truly hope you enjoy our rendition and we thank you for taking the time to listen. Both of these gentlemen have excellent music on their pages as most of you already know, if you click on their comment's thumbnail, it will take you right there!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar/keyboard
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Wilmington, Delaware
"California Dreamin'" by The Mamas and The Papas A cover by Michela Vazzana, War Vandal and Mel Donovan First and foremost I want to thank Michela and War for allowing me to add my vocal harmonies to their great tracks. My hat goes off to War, he nailed the sound and play of the instruments and added his own version of a guitar solo in place of the flute, that is dynamite. Michela's voice is so right for this song that even after listening to it a hundred times while adding my harmonies, I never grew tired of hearing it, in fact, I love the song even more so!! Great job by both of you!!! My initial idea was to sing along with this to find out how well my voice would blend with Michela's and I am very happy with the results and that she is pleased as well. This will allow us to explore other tunes in the future and this is something I have been trying to do for a few years now. So, once again, here is Michela's and War's rendition of "California Dreamin' " with my vocals added to their tracks. Please enjoy your listen and feel free to share if you feel so inclined!! Thanks for listening!!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Your Wildest Dreams" by The Moody Blues A rendition by Doc, Claude, Angelo and Mel I ran into Doc on FB last week and we got to talking about things and life in general and of course music came up and I mentioned two Moody Blues tunes that I love. One we used to play in Traveller, called "The Voice". The other was too difficult for us to perform live called "Your Wildest Dreams", so we never did that tune, even though that is probably my #1 favorite.....maybe tied with "Tuesday Afternoon"!! ;-)) So we talked about doing "The Voice" in the future and a short time later I get an e-mail from Doc with the tracks for "Your Wildest Dreams"!!!!!!!!! I was shocked and when I listened I was blown away by what I heard. Here now are those tracks with my vocals added. Doc hit me with another shot by sending the tracks for "The Voice" soon after. That tune will come to Fando in the near future. We hope you enjoy our play here and I hope you love the video as much as I do!! Thank you for listening and please feel free to share. Cheers! Doc, CLaude and Angelo for the pleasure of playing with true talents and Doc!! What can I say----YOU ARE THE DOC!!!! PLease enjoy your listen!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Voices In The Sky" by The Moody Blues A cover by Kristen Rurouni (Taylor), Mark Taylor and Mel Donovan After hearing several of Mark's posts of him and his daughter performing together, the idea occurred to me that it would be a real pleasure to try doing a cover of this Moody Blues classic. So I sent Mark a message with the idea to see what Kristen and his feelings were in regards to this. Thankfully they were both up for giving it a shot and here now are the results of our efforts. I have frequently played this song to myself because I have always liked the feel of the tune. It was a real inspiration to have the delightful flute track from Kristen and Mark's steady finger picking track to add the vocals and other instruments to. My heart felt thanks to you both for making this rendition possible and the pleasure it was singing along with with you!! Thank you for listening.
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"One Life" Herve Southman; composition & piano Mel Donovan; lyrics, vocals & guitar Hello Fando alumni and friends. First let me begin by thanking Herve for giving me the honor and the pleasure of adding my creative spirit to one of his always moving compositions. He is well known for his fantastic touch on keys and the feelings this enlicits from his listeners. I am always moved by his play and it was very much true with his tender expressions on this tune. Herve was generous enough to give me total freedom of what I wanted to add to this or even nothing at all!! Of course, nothing at all was not an option from my point of view! ;-)) It took a few weeks of just listening before the thoughts and words began to solidify in my mind, the feelings were there from the first listen. So, here now is what Herve's play brought forth from deep within me. We thank you for listening and hope you enjoy our shared creativity. Lyrics:"One Life" Follow your dreams follow your dreams One life, only one life Passing us by, ever so swiftly Never want to let it go Sunrise, in the morning skies The glistening dew on the grass prompting me to ask oh why, oh why must we all fade away While there is still time follow your dreams Smell the flowers too See the spakle in your childen's eye Hear their laughter And their cries Always keep them in your heart Never let them slip away The colors of the leaves in fall just before they take flight The feel of the warm sun on my skin such a delight The smell of wood smoke carried on the breeze on a deep and dark, cold winter's night These are some of my favorite things and I'll miss them so when it's time to go March 1, 2016
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/lyrics
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Wilmington, Delaware
Yes It Is_If I Needed Someone (The Beatles) - RT's V.O.E.B. 9 February 2016 "Yes It Is"/ "If I Needed" The Beatles a cover project created by Richard Trudeau with: Bill Watkins on bass and vocals, Mark Taylor on guitar and Mel Donovan on guitars and vocals. Richard certainly knows how to plan and produce a project, one only need revisit The Christmas Project to be reminded of what a massive under taking that was and the results are outstanding. On this mini-project in comparison, he once again is the maestro and leads the three of us down the path of righteousness to what for us is the promised land......a cover of our favorite group of all time, that in my opinion is the best results I have ever been involved in. Richard also sings the lead vocals, played guitar, added the percussion, did the mixing and mastering. Many of you are well aware of my love of harmonies and the magic he did with our vocal tracks to bring out these rich harmonies melts my heart. We thank you all for your support andd we hope you enjoy your listen as much as we enjoyed doing this project together. My deepest gratitude to Richard, Bill and Mark for inviting me to share in this adventure and be assured gentlemen you have made my life long dream of doing justice to the band that changed my life forever, come true.Ok.......soooooooo here from Liverpool England......are The..........whoops, that's not right!! hehe Enjoy!! Please feel free to share!! ;-))
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
Last night Annemiek posted this little sunburst and I felt compelled to sing to it and did so. I tried to get this posted before she retired for the night, keeping with the theme of speedy doings!! Not a fantastic sing, but very quickly done!! Thank you for the smiles you give to all of us Annie!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Hello all. Today it is my pleasure to share another co-written song by Lars JJ and me. Lars posted his guitar tracks and as soon as I heard them I liked the vibe and sound of the tune. Kind of a CSN type vibe. So I asked him if I could play with it and see what would develop. The repeating rhythm became relentless to my mind and that made me think of the passing of time. Anyways, here are the results and because of all the trouble with my p/c I asked Lars if he would be able to do a video. I was very happily surprised by the results of his efforts and I'm glad it worked out this way! We thank you for listening and watching and please feel fee to share!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Our House" a cover by Annemiek, Marc, Madison,Jony and Mel What a pleasure it is to share this first time collaboration with Madison and Jony and my two dear friends Annemiek and Marc. Annemiek suggested this tune and I was all for it as long as she provided the piano play, which she did, at which time Jony showed interest in doing this tune as well. I contacted him and asked if he would care to join in and he agreed. I asked Marc if he would add drums and he was kind enough to oblige. Finally, we needed someone for Nash's high harmonies and I thought of how nice Madison's voice sounded and so sent her an invite. She replied that she was willing, but had not sang harmonies before. Suffice it to say, she stuck to her guns and worked hard at it and was able to learn to sing in harmony and here are the results. We all appreciate you already listening on the previous posting of this tune and I thank each of these artisits for their fantastic natures and results!! Please enjoy. Thank you for listening!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar/production
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Lonely People" by America a cover by Michela, Annemiek, War, Tony and Mel Michela and I agreed to do a collaboration together several months ago and over time I realized how much she liked America and "Lonely People" came to my mind because of how much I always liked that tune. I suggested we try it and just keep it simple with my guitars and her vocals and Michela agreed. I began to learn the song and in the process became aware of how important the bass and piano were to the feel of the song and so added the bass and then reached out to Annemiek to see if she would be willing to add the piano. Thankfully she accepted the invitation and then of course we needed drums, so Michela contacted War and he also accepted and supplied them.Michela and Tony have worked on several tunes together and she felt that a violin solo would work well in the song and so asked him to play one. Michela took care of all the vocals and did the production aspects of the project and quite frankly I was more than just a little pleased with the results! So here now, is our rendition of this AMERICA classic. We hope you enjoy your listen!
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Our House" acapella a cover by Madison Mueller, Jony Tomelin and Mel Donovan It was such a pleasure listening to the vocal tracks from Jony and Madison, that I decided to make a mix with just vocals to share with everyone. I hope you enjoy the vocal blends as much as I do. Thank you for listening and thanks again to Madison, Jony, Annemiek and Marc for a wonderful collab on the full tune.
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Rocky Mountain High" a cover by Mel Donovan I would like to dedicate this rendition to Jenn and Jim out in Colorado...my brother and sister in law and to Lori Oz for the mountain high last year in Vermont. Because of the snowstorm I have a rare Saturday off....thank God because I need a day off too!! Anyways, at first I had planned to just sit down and record a live version of this, but when i began to research the song, I discovered there was more to it than meets the eye and my respect for John Denver's talents went up a few more notches in the process. This tune has been my therapy to recover from my hard work and it became a real challenge to get the harmonies to a satisfactory level. I just finished mixing "Our House" on which Madison Mueller and Jony Tomlin joined me on vocals, with Annemeik on piano and Marc on drums. Had I known the quality of the blend of our voices, I would have suggested that the three of us attempt this song together as well, but I already invested quite a bit of time into getting it to this point and oh well, hopefully there will be other opportunities in the future. For now then, here is my solo rendition of "Rocky Mountain High". And the snow is still coming down hard!! Thank you for taking time to listen and please feel free to share if you enjoy this.
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"An Elfin Song" by Mel Donovan This tune was completed back in September of last year, but some changes became needed and so I made them last night and now the song is complete as a solo effort. Thank you for listening.
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
A WELL RESPECTED MAN by The Kinks a cover version by Doc, Angelo, Federico and myself. Thanks Doc and the guys for making this just plain old fun!! Glad you guys felt like doing this one and a fine job you did. Hope my laptop behaves because here goes!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Blue Hour" by Lars JJ and Mel Donovan Lars posted his guitar composition a few weeks ago and as soon as I listened to it an image as suggested by this video was created in my mind. I asked him if I could try adding to his guitar track and he was kind enough to send me his fine play on guitar. I had the pleasure of adding my creative spirit with his and here now is the result. Thank you Lars for the fine time I had playing with you!! Thank you for listening!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/cello/ piano
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Elanor Rigby Birthday Doc 2015 Doc had just finished recording "Elanor Rigby" just before I asked him about trying a cover of it. To my amazement, he offered to let me do a sing to it, which at first i turned down and let go of the idea. A day or two later I awake to 3 messages from Doc including a very kind message and the soundtrack without the lead vocal and a link to the video. I moved it to my recorder and experimented with it off and on over these past days. Finally tonight I did a couple of tracks that were in the ballpark at least and wanted to celebrate Doc's birthday by surprising him with these results!! The music and vocals that Doc had mixed are excellent as is his specialty!! THANK YOU DOC for the pleasure of working with you and the V5 on this and on our other common projects this past year!! You have a heart of gold Doc!! Happy Birthday!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
"I've Been Busy" by Mark Taylor with Pierre Rosique and Mel Donovan Happy Holidays to everyone and I think the title probably fits just about all of you out there in Fandoland and beyond. Mark posted his ukulele composition of this tune a few weeks ago and on my first listen to it I could hear other potential instrument playing along with it, so I sent a request to him asking if I could experiment with it and see what would develop. This inspiration was quite similar to what happened when I heard his "Fairy Dust" post several months ago. Mark was kind enough to let me go at it and so I did, adding an electric guitar line, which I originally thought would be a cello part, but.....????? Also right from the beginning I thought there was a potential for our good friend Pierre to play some of his wonderful synth lines along with this and I sent him an invite stating just that. Fortunately, he replied he would be interested in hearing what develops and asked that I send him a mix when I was done adding to the original ukulele tracks. This I did last week and what you will hear now is the results of us combining our creative spirits with Mark's wonderful original composition!! My heart felt thanks to both of these excellent musicians and fine human beings, for the pleasure I have gotten from playing with them on this very lively tune! We hope that everyone has a safe and very enjoyable holiday season with friends and family. Thank all of you for listening, commenting and sharing if you feel moved to do so. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!! 12/15/15
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"A Day In The Life" backing track with guitar and vocals added Mr. Brice posted this track a few days ago and when I heard it, I felt like singing along and so last night when I had some free time for a change, I added the vocals to his tracks. Brice nor I had any plans to do this version, it was a spur of the moment type thing, but what the hey, I haven't had time to post lately and still waiting to finalize songs in progress. My apologies to The Beatles for my vocals here, but I had fun singing this!! Thanks for listening folks!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
F5 Fix for Soundcloud playback on Fandalism F5 is at the top of the keyboard and the refresh button is the arrow shaped in a circle to the left of the address box in your browser!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"One Rainy Wish" by Jimi Hendrix a cover by Brice Cross@http://fandalism.com/bricecross, Marc Roberge@http://fandalism.com/name/?q=Marc+Roberge, Tedd VanWagner@ http://fandalism.com/bigmoneyjenkins and Mel Donovan Hello fellow Fandalites and visitors! Another week has come and gone and during that time we were able to get our tracks together and slap a video together, so that we could present it to you by today. Well, there may have been just a little more effort put into it than that, but we each enjoyed doing "Little Wing" so much that this seemed like all pleasure and no work at all!! I want to thank my band mates here for providing such high quality tracks to blend together on this project! You all know Brice, Marc and Tedd are excellent musicians and I can tell you they are fine people as well. I always appreciate their candor and creative ideas and the timeliness in doing their play for a project. We each thank YOU for listening and sharing in our joy of music!! Without it, the world would simply be shades of grey. Please enjoy your visit and thanks again!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Alternatives" an original tune by Mel Donovan Featuring Herve Southman on piano andMarc Roberge... read more on drums It is with great pleasure that I present this tune today after many months of waiting. I wrote and recorded this solo back in 2012 and therefore played the piano and synth drums myself back then, but never posted the song because I really wanted a female vocalist singing the high harmony. In the beginning of this year I sent a copy of the song and an invitation to Herve asking if he would be kind enough to play the piano for it, including doing a piano intro. As you will hear now, Herve did so and his intro encompasses all the emotion of the entire song. I was spell bound by what he had created, but not at all surprised! I also was sure that an upgrade was possible with the drums and so, sent an invitation to Marc, who has joined me on a number of projects and always delivers quality play regardless of which instrument or vocal is needed. For sure, my heart felt gratitude is extended to these two excellent artists!! As I mentioned, I had hoped to have a female vocalist join me on the sing for this, seeing how the subject is something that both males and females face at some point in their lives, but none stepped up to the plate, so I sang the harmony myself as I did in the earlier recording. It was my intent from the beginning, that this be a spoof of "love song", which is why the bridge is such a change of character compared to the rest of the song. But when I added the last verse, it seems the song took on quite a serious meaning and so I went with that. Thanks again to Herve and Marco for their creative efforts on this tune! They certainly lifted the song from it's original level. Thank you for listening!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Little Wing" by Jimi Hendrix covered by Cross, Roberge, VanWagner and Donovan Hello friends!! It i... read mores with great pleasure that I am able to share with you today, a collaboration that came about in an cool and unusual way and had a momentum of it's own that surprised even us, the participants!! Lol It dawned on me one day that I hadn't heard Brice play any Hendrix songs, so I asked him if he would be interested in trying one some time. He replied in the affirmative and I suggested "Little Wing" because I always loved singing along with that tune when we used to listen to his album, when it was first released. He mentioned one of his band mates used to play that tune very well and said "sure, let's do it." It just so happens that Tedd, who has been off the radar for some time up to this point, makes a comment on Brice's page as we are discussing this. So, I thought, what the heck, I'll ask Tedd if he would like to play bass with us. I went to my e-mails and sent him the invite, not expecting a positive response really. I went back to Brice's post and who should happen to be making the next comment or so, other than Mr. Marco, who has been kind enough to add drums to a number of projects I have started. So again, I figure what the heck...I'll see if he has time and the desire to add drums to this tune. I go back to my e-mails to send the invite and Tedd has written back that he would like to join the party!! Big smiles at this point. So I sent an invite to Marc and went to bed, I think. It was already late. Obviously by the title, you can guess that Marc also agreed to join in. The spirit and positive energy felt between us was such that all the instrument tracks were done and ready for mixing within a weeks time. I think all of us can relate to just how unusual that is! Lol I have thank these guys over and over again for their efforts here and do so again right now!! Thank you Brice, Marc and Tedd for making this rendition possible. You each are fantastic artists and great people, it is an honor and a pleasure to play with you!! Ok folks, time to launch this bird out of the nest. Please enjoy your listen and feel free to share!! Thank YOU fpr listening!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
Happy Birthday HG 2015 Hilde,Pierre,James+Mel"So It Is" your birthday HG!! A composition by Mel Don... read moreovan featuring HG Schmitz (a.k.a.Birthday Boy), Pierre Rosique and James Noble There is a well know saying that what goes around, comes around and so it is now your turn HG. We dedicate this final version to you on your birthday, which is only fitting because you do this for so many other Fando friends. I sent this tune to you quite some time ago and you reacted quite quickly to it, which is usually a good sign with you. You added the bass and drums within a couple of days and then it went into limbo because I wanted to hear what Pierre's and James' added creativity would do for the tune. Several "real life" activities intervened and so it is now just getting done in time for today!! We all wish you the happiest of birthdays HG, with many more to come!! So now our friend, drink your morning coffee and enjoy the fruits of your summer labor. Hilde and I have been busy on this for a while and I love the video she made. Pierre was very kind to make a short video clip for the occasion and James went to extra efforts to send you salutations! Enjoy your day Hans!!
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/songwriter
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Wilmington, Delaware
"The Weight" by The Band a cover by Sam, Brice, Mauricio, Doc and Mel It is my pleasure today, to share with you a project that began back in July and come to full fruition with the video, just last night. Mauricio suggested that Doc, me and him do this tune and take turns doing the verses and singing the choruses together. Doc and I agreed that it sounded like a fun project, so I offered to work on the music for the tune. Upon listening to the original, I found that it would be necessary to have keyboards for the tune and so I asked Sam if he would be willing to help out. He responded that he would if, he could handle getting all the instruments done and do the production and MG,Doc and I could sort out and do the vocals. Of course I was more than happy with this idea and so Sam asked Brice for help with the guitar fills and went on to do all the other instruments. Once this was finished, Sam sent a mix to us to use for adding the vocals to. It turned out there are 5 verses so there was no even way to distribute them. Also, the choruses which sound so simple when you hear the final version, were a lot trickier than we suspected because of the timing. MG and I worked on the vocals while Doc was on tour and when he came back, he listened to a sample premix and did his vocal track. Sam took our separate vocal tracks, added them with the instruments and mastered for the version you are about to hear. My thanks to these guys for their heart felt efforts and putting up with all my update e-mails. We all thank YOU for listening. Just a side note here. One of the members of The Band lived near Nazereth Pennsylvania, where Martin guitars are made. I drive close by to this town on my way to ski at Blue Mountain each winter. As for the meaning of the lyrics; there are a number of interpretations and here is a link if you would like to look into it. Very interesting read, if you have time;http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=420 Alrighty then.......on with the show!!!!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Breathe" by Ken Sutton with Mel Donovan and Carolyn Hello friends and visitor's of Fandalism!... read more The Arden Fair was this past weekend and Carolyn with the help of many friends kept the tradition that Ken and she started several years ago, by having an after the fair party. Ken was missed for sure, but in our thoughts as we had very pleasant evening of food and live music. Thank you Carolyn for such a wonderful evening! In light of this, I felt it is time to share another gem of Ken's creation and so present it here for your listening pleasure. Ken composed the intro and played it on his Korg synth, which by the way, has a manual as thick as a telephone directory and we never really learned how to use it to it's full capacity, but, we did learn enough for him to play the piano, the sax part and drum programs and I played the chimes on it. At one point he actually asked me if I thought we should leave the piano intro out!! I was like.....huh???? NO WAY!! Ken wrote the lyrics, sang lead and high harmonies and I played rhythm guitar, sang mid-harmonies and handled the engineering and production chores. Carolyn joined in with the radio DJ part which helps set the mood so well. She had to put up with all the noise we made during these recordings as well as our practice sessions with John for our D.O.S. trio performances. Lucky for her we didn't have a drummer too!! hehe Thank you Carloyn for being who you are!! OK....so sit back and relax and let's get away!!! Thank you for listening and feel free to share!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Fairy Dust" by Mark Taylor and Mel Donovan Hello our Fando friends and visitors! Today I am honored to post another collaboration with Mark Taylor on a composition he posted with just his guitar using his now, semi-famous, spider capo! The tune moved me from the very first time I heard it and I sent a request to Mark, asking if it was alright to try and add some vocals to his guitar play. Thankfully, he replied in the affirmative and here are the results. I put together the video, using the best photos I could find to match the story line of the song and I apologize to you history buffs out there for the mix and match of time eras and army colors. I do not mean to offend anyone, but there was not a lot to choose from. We hope you will enjoy your listen and please feel free to comment and share.
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Evolver" by Mel Donovan with The Beatles Haha!! Thought that might get your attention, but basically most of the lyrics for this tune come straight from the REVOLVER album, so in a sense it is true! Lol I would like to dedicte this tune to my favorite hippy sisters; Hilde and Janice!! Your comments are like rainbows, multi-colored and always positive in a meaningful way and I thank you from me and on behalf ot the other artists here that you grace with your words! ;-)) I also would like to include Bob for his inspiration and his behind the scenes support! Love your music no matter what name you go by my friend. So the name for the tune was inspired by the vibe from the backwards guitar track that led me to the subject for the lyrics. Actually, it was the sound of the first chord that led to the backwards guitar track and made me think of gurus and zen and the Beatles going to India...etc...etc...etc... I'll stop now, it's time to post!! Thanks for listening my friends, I very much appreciate it!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Sweet Whispers (Never Give Up) by HG Schmitz and Mel Donovan HG, thank you for inviting me to sing... read more this tune!! Even now I get chills hearing how your recording brought out the best in my vocal abilities. I am re-posting this as I explained yesterday and after reading all the comments have decided that from this point forward to let these program glitches go and "it is what it is" about covers it. Thanks everyone for your thoughts on the subject and your kind words and comments, but most of all........THANKS for listening!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Sweet Whispers1 message It came to my attention that the number of plays on this tune have gone way beyond wrong. The only way to correct it is to delete the song, one of my favorites and then repost it Friday.
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Savings For A Rainy Day" by HG Schmitz and Hilde Svendsrud with Mel Donovan. Well time is sure flying by and it has been over two years ago now that HG contacted me in regards to doing some work with "The Circus", one of the very earliest tunes I posted on Fando. He had to take the time to teach me how to send him the files, that is how little I knew at the time. Through his kindness and patience he taught me the ropes of this collaboration stuff and from that point on we did many common projects as you can see from our Fando pages. It has been a while since the last one and I was very pleased to be asked to join in with him and Hilde on our post for today! Not only did I get the chance to sing on one of HG's great compositions, but I had the extra special pleasure of singing with Hilde!!! It is really an honor to work on a tune that is sure to be produced at the highest quality possible and to be part of one of Hilde's videos!! Thank you HG for your friendship and help over time and HILDE!!!! We are finally singing together for real!!! Lol lallallalallalallalalla We certainly hope everyone enjoys their listen and THANK YOU all for your support and kind words!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Going Down" by Franck Szypura and Mel Donovan Many of you know that Franck posted a a jam in open D he did "For Fun" at this link;http://fandalism.com/skylismo/dHUW last Sunday. As soon as I heard it, I felt a desire to play along with what he had done and so asked him if I could do so.Thankfully, he replied in the affirmative and I copied his play directly to my recorder. In the spirit of his original posting, I just jamed along with his track as it was, much like I did with Stig's in The Experiment. Due to the fact Franck was playing freestyle with no click track, it was very tricky to match his play and my tracks are a little sloppy, but this gives it a very live jam feeling in my opinion. I could have sliced and diced his track and made a more formal recording, but that would not match his original intent. My apologies to the drummers out there for what you will hear, if you listen, but on the other hand, you will find that your jobs are not in jeopardy because of me!! Lol My thanks to Franck for being open minded to my suggestion and the pleasure I had playing with him. THANK YOU ALL for listening. The video is from photos off the net. Please enjoy!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
In My Room covered by Doc, Mauricio. & Mel While Doc has been mending from his surgery Mauricio, Sam and I have been working on some tunes for Doc to sing to, since he has limited playing ability. =M= asked in one of his comments if I would like to do something together and I thought of this Beach Boys tune because of the harmonies of course!! lol We asked Doc if he wanted to sing too and the answer is what I have posted here today. I put together a slide show for the video and now we would like to wish Doc a great time performing with the V5, as they have already hit the road!!! I recorded the instruments for this rendition and then the 3 of us went to it on the vocals. Mauricio got the hardest parts-the high harmonies, but came through with flying colors. Doc handled the low ends and I contributed the middle. We hope you enjoy your listen.Thanks for taking the time to listen!! Cheers!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Hello to all visitors near and far. I want to dedicate this song to my co-workers and friends at Pathmark, for truly we all share in the downfall of the company that I have worked in since 1969. Even though we all saw this coming for quite some time, it is still not easy to deal with in reality. We have all witnessed the demise of many companies over the years and the shrinking of the middle class is just now becoming all too real for us. It has been a real pleasure working with and becoming friends with so many folks over the years and you are all good people and a true value to any employer. I pray for the best of outcomes for each and all of us, even though that isn't any part of the company's agenda. I wrote and recorded this song this week while on vacation and post it today, Friday, while I am still off. Best wishes to all my Pathmark friends and thanks to all for listening. A solo presentation by Mel Donovan
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Morning Dew" by Mel Donovan with Marc Roberge and Mark Taylor Good day my Fando friends and v... read moreisitors! I know it's Monday, but I'm running behind schedule these days and have off from work today, so here is an instrumental tune I had the pleasure once again of being joined by the two M's...Marc and Mark. On this tune Marc added both drums and bass and Mark added a melody guitar track. I appreciate the thought and effort these two gentlemen put into their creative efforts and the results are always a welcomed sound to my ears. I was able to get some nice video clips from YT for the visual part of the post and as usual this is just for pleasure, not for profit. We hope you enjoy our tune here and we thank you very much for listening and you support!! Keep cool and have fun!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Jam For The Insane" by Simon Paul England with Mel Donovan http://fandalism.com/simonpaulengland1964i... Sunday came and went, but here is a Monday offering that has taken it's good old time getting here, so I guess it is only fitting.The first time I heard Simon's post of this jam I was moved by it and asked him if I could play with it some and see what happens. Thankfully he agreed and sent me the pre-mixed tracks of his two bass parts and the percussion. This was back in Oct. 2013 and I was relatively new to Fando. I added some play and some vocals to this and when I sent it back to Simon, I had unwittingly changed the name of the song on the files and on top of that my sing was pretty awful!! So, Si got a little upset about both and quite understandably so and the song went to the back burner. A short time later, Simon lost a bunch of files and these tracks were included. I still had the original mix he had sent me and the tracks I recorded saved on my laptop, so now almost 2 years later, I recently reviewed them and was moved once again to try and add some instruments to his play. Simon, I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed playing with you. I thank you whole hearted for trusting in me to do a respectable play. To our friends I hope you enjoy your listen. I just decided to add the video this morning and based on the title of the song, it was a no-brainer as to what could work with the tune.
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/keyboard
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Lost" by Mel Donovan with Ken Sutton Sunday again already and this week I would like to share another original tune Ken and I recorded together on his Fostex8TRK digital recorder. The date on the file says Feb, 2006 which is hard to believe, but time is flying for sure! In this song we display our displeasure with the way our political system only favors the rich and just too bad for the rest of us. I wrote the lyrics and composition and Ken did a lot of guitar play along with the drum program and backing vocals. Today is the fifth of July and yestereday our nation celebrated the 4th, Independence Day! So although I picked this song to post on a whim, it's relevance seems pretty obvious. Unfortunately, not a whole lot has changed in the 9 years that have passed since we recorded this. Ken passed away this past May, but his spirit lives on in the music we captured in the time we shared before his leaving. Please enjoy your listen and THANK YOU for taking the time to do so. "Lost" lyrics by Mel Donovan Jan. 2006 I don't know why we've gone this way I think that we have been led astray 8 years of war and fear Some say they even think the end is near Please tell me the end of this is near Now we're led by corporate greed Shipping jobs across the seas Who will buy their products when There's no one left who has a dime to spend they're erroding the nation's foundation Oh when oh when will this end We want our country back again So don't forget you work for us Not them! Now special interests take the lead They let the American people bleed They brought this nation to it's knees And got a big fat bonus Yes indeed Someone defends us, won't you please Oh when, oh when, will this end We want our country back again So don't forget you work for us Not THEM You work for us-----NOT them crowd noise No more lies You work for us Stop all war Special thanks to Carolyn for helping with the crowd noise Intro features Rachel Maddow and Walter Cronkite (c) 2012
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Letting Go" by Mel Donovan with Marc Roberge and Brice Cross Hello once again friends and visitors. Today I am happy to share yet another original tune with the combined creative spirits of Brice on guitar and Marc on drums to my guitar and vocals. This tune also was born from a chord pattern and sound that caught my ear, and grew as I heard where to go next after playing with it for a couple of weeks. As you all know, Brice has a great ear for what fills a song needs and does another great play here. Marc has been kind enough to help me out with many different instruments and vocals, that we could almost be in a band together. To both of these guys I repeat publicly what I have said to them privately; I could not get my song to this level of quality without their efforts and I thank them from my heart!! You guys are great!! I am currently blocked from FB because they have suspected my computer has been infected with malware and require that I run a anti malware program of their choice. I am doing so right now because I have no other choice. No Facebook= No Fando. Hope to see you soon!!! "Letting Go" lyrics by Mel Donovan Oh......oh.....hey...hey... Oh.....oooo...hey.....ey....ey... Made up my mind, today Time, to let go Why look for sun In the falling snow Can't expect them to come If they want to go Ohh.....ooo.......letting go Time has come to go, with the flow Like a balloon, just climb on board Don't need these desires, any more Just cast them over the side And rise And glide There is no sense in carrying All these wants and wishes Not likely to come true, Any way The time has come for letting go Why look for the sun, in the falling snow Can't expect them to come If they want to go Going to leave it all behind And fly............and fly
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Waiting" acoustic version by Mel Donovan It seems to be dedication season in Fandoland and it is only fitting that I dedicate this song to a beautiful lady and person, whose passion for life is truly amazing.....Ms. Lori Oz. Lori I thank you whole hearted for sharing your creative talents and wonderful voice with me on our common works, but even more importantly, your honesty, candor, encouragement, kind words, friendship and inspiration you give to me freely. In a general sense, this song was partially inspired by you and because of your support and that of some others here and at home, I have the confidence to do this song solo. Thank you for being my friend Lori and I can hardly wait for you to share the studio version of "Here For A Reason" with everyone and I certainly know you will be happy to do so when the time is right. So here now is "Waiting". Two 12-string guitar tracks and two vocal tracks, everything done by me, so there is no one else to give credit to, but on the other hand, no one else to lay blame to either!! Lol Thank you for listening! Please use headphones if it's not too much trouble. ;-))
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/songwriter
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
The Oort Cloud episode 6 Chapter 3 by Pierre Rosique with Cindy Marshall, Richard Trudeau, Jimmy Dean Brooks and Mel Donovan; "The Message and the Destiny" It is my honor and pleasure to share another of Pierre's masterpieces with everyone now that 2 months have already passed since his first posting. It is always a great joy to collaborate and hear how the project coordinator/ producer pulls all the pieces together to create a continuous flow of audio and visual delight. Pierre's ability to do so is second to none and this chapter is certainly proof again of his organizational skills and his keen ear and eye and sensitivity. He also has a way of bringing out the best in the artists that travel on board his ships as any great Captain should. I thank him and my fellow shipmates for making this such a pleasurable experience and look forward to future works from each and all. It hot summer weather around these parts, just right for sitting in the shade and having something for the thirst and a musical trip to embark upon to escape, if only for a while. Thank you Pierre for authorization to fly the shuttle today! Enjoy your holiday! Thank you for listening again to Pierre's magic!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Here is the link for Kai's AWAKE album preview and buy page; https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/awake/id906544498 "War Ghost" by Kai Botak--home version with Mel Donovan Hello my fellow Fandolites and friends... r... read moreead more from around the world!! This is a very special day for me because finally almost 3 years to the day I am able to share with you the very first collaboration I did over the net. This was only possible because HG Schmitz (some of you may know of whom I speak!! Lol) had contacted me in regards to my song "The Circus", which I was only too happy to send him once he taught me how to handle moving music files. I knew absolutely nothing and he kindly walked me through the process until I got it. He was very patient with me and I will never forget this. So by coincidence or davine intervention, Kai sends me a recording of her singing along with her guitar, a song she just wrote after a chance meeting with a war vet who could not sleep and did not want to wake his wife and young daughter. She was moved to write the song immediately and as soon as I heard it, I was moved to ask her permission to add guitar, strings and a vocal harmony. Thankfully she agreed and what I have posted here is the re-mixed and remastered version of those tracks from 3 years ago!! Kai has done a studio version of this song which can be heard on her AWAKE cd. Here is the link to her Reverbnation site, where you can get further information and songs and links. ;https://www.reverbnation.com/kaibotaksoundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/kai-12 It is my most sincere thanks to both Kai and HG for it is only because of their kindness and great hearts that I have reached 100 posts and with such talented artists and friends. So, here we go ladies and gentlemen; Kai Botak singing "War Ghost" with my backing stuff and a video I put together last night. Please enjoy this ladie's beautiful voice and song!! Thank all of you for your support, kind words and tracks in some cases!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/keyboard/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Hummingbird Way" by Mel Donovan Featuring Mark Taylor on guitar and Marc Roberge on drums Hello... read more Fandolites and friends! It is my greatpleasure to share with you a very gentle instrumental created with the help of Mark and Marc without which this tune would not have turned out this way. I have wanted to play together with Mark Taylor for a while now because we have similar taste in guitar play and this is our first time together and I am glad I asked and he agreed to give this tune a shot. Marc Roberge and I have done many collabs together and he agreed to experiment with adding drums to what Mark and I came up with. I was concerned that the drums might clutter up the mix and not work well with the delicate balance of the guitars, but you can be the judge of that for yourselves. I certainly want to thank Mark & Marc for their fine efforts on this tune!! So, put away the dancing shoes, sit back, smoke it if you got it, and relax for a short bit on "Hummingbird Way". We thank you for listening!! Cheers!
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Time After Time" by Ken Sutton Ken wrote this song back in the 70's and we played it frequently in the original form. After our 25 year break and subsequent reunuion, I had had a the inspiration to rearrange the song to it's current form. Ken liked this and so we proceeded to record it on his Fostex 8-TRK digital recorder. He played guitar, synth sax and synth bass, synth drums and sang lead vocal. I added 12-string and backing vocals and did the recording and mixing. It was always a pleasure to work with Ken on original tunes and we also did the D.O.S. trio gigs with John Orr adding bass and his vocals. We will all miss Ken, but know that he is resting in a much happier place now and we will meet again in the future. Thank you all for listening and you nice comments!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Requiem For Ken" by Mel Donovan, solo version
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/keyboard
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"The Stig And Pat Jambouree" http://fandalism.com/albeone http://fandalism.com/bigmoneyjenkins http://fandalism.com/evvowxm http://fandalism.com/michaelhamiltonberry Hello everyone!! Happy Mothers Day to all of you moms out there!! Today is the final day of THE EXPERIMENT, which I think we all agree has been a fantastic success and loads of fun!! My song with Alan is called "The Stig & Pat Jambouree and as you will note from some of the lyrics, I was done recording this rather early in the game. At that time Pat was still thinking of posting all the songs and so made a video with my offering. As we all know, things changed as the number of scientists grew. I did not want Pat's work to go to waste as he was a rather busy persong for the past few weeks, so I used his video and added the lyrics as he requested. A great BIG thanks to Pat and Stig for all of the time and efforts they invested into this project. It truly was fun and interesting. So here it is!! Please enjoy! Thanks from Alan and myself and Pat of course for your interest in our experiments!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Nobility Of Kings" music by Mel Donovan Lyrics by James Noble Hello again everyone!! Another week has gone by already and today's offering is another original tune. Because of James' way with words in his comments on everyone's posts, I asked him if he ever wrote lyrics and if so, would he please send me a sample to try and write a song to. A few days later James sent me the lyrics found in this song, but here is the interesting thing........the music for this song was recorded back in Nov./Dec. As I was reading the lyrics, they had a rhythm to them that I thought might match this music. When you listen you can judge for yourself if this strange coincidence happens to be true. Once again Brice Cross was kind enough to add his creative ideas on guitar and Marc Roberge was kind enough to add some drum fills and cymbals to the basic drum track to spice it up a couple of notches. My heart felt thanks to James, Brice and Marc for making it possible to bring you this song today!! You guys are both outstanding artists and people as well. This song also always had a warmer weather feel to it, so I guess it just wanted to wait until the proper weather had arrived here in the northern hemisphere. We hope you will enjoy our laid back and relaxed tracks for today. Thanks for all your support and listening, your comments are most welcomed here.
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/songwriter/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Here For A Reason" by Oz/Donovan Hello once again Fandolites and friends. Today it is my pleasure to present another co-written original tune with Lori Oz, featuring James Noble on bass, Brice Cross guitar solo and HG Schmitz adding the drum programs and doing the mixing and mastering. The idea for this song came as a result of my visit to Vermont and the conversations between Brian, my brother, Lori and myself. Once the idea took hold the song took on a life of it's own and pushed Lori and me to get it done! lol I came up with the chorus and after going back and forth bouncing ideas between us, Lori wrote the verses. Once we had the arrangement settled I sent the basic tracks to James and he added a bass line that added punch to the already lively rhythm guitar play. Brice recieved those tracks plus Lori's and my vocal tracks and once again added a guitar solo that soars as does the spirit of the woman in the song! HG then took all of these tracks and added some fantastic drum programs that power the song up to it's full potential. I cannot thank all of these excellent artists enough for adding their creative spirits and musical know-how to this tune. You guys are fantastic artists and people. To Lori all I can say is that I am thankful beyond words that you said yes to this collab when it would have been just as easy to say no. You have a golden spirit Lori and Doc was right to call you Loriglory. Ok then.......let's do this!!! Please enjoy your listen! Cheers from all of us!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/vocals
Audio
Wilmington, Delaware
YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING "You"ve Lost That Lovin' Feeling" a cover by DocProtool and The Melvinator... read more : Hello again fellow Fandolites and visitors. Another week has passed already and time for another posting. Doc and I discussed future postings when he was kind enough to help me out with "Tuesday Afternoon". As I stood at the kitchen window the other evening I thought of Doc and his low voice and myself with a mid and upper mid-range voice and this song performed by the Righteous Brothers back in the sixties popped into my head. I asked Doc if he would be interested in trying it and he responded with these fine backing tracks by the V5 and with his vocal. I added my vocal to his tracks and sent them. He then made some adjustments in his sing, basically adding some additional low harmonies with my vocals.Doc was generous enough to also add the video and as he is know for, I think it helps enhance the listening experience. We both hope you will enjoy our rendition of this tune. We enjoyed the recording process.Thank you for listening and your support!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Honesty" by Billy Joel a cover by Mel Donovan with Annemiek Beex on piano First and foremost I want to thank Annemiek for agreeing to play the piano on this rendition with which the song becomes live as opposed to using a backing track. It was a comment on her page about liking Billy Joel and the fact that I had been singing this at random times at work that led me to the idea of actually trying to record this. If I remember right, I asked her if she would consider helping me do this on her page that very day. I think everyone can relate to this song in some way and part of the reason I wanted to post this was to send a message, which is from me alone and does not involve Annemiek in any way, as she has not seen this video either prior to when she visits here. It has come to my attention for some time now that not everyone is listening to, nor reading the intros and comments on artist's post. This subject has come up in the past and I feel it is time to address it again before the integrity of Fandoland suffers. I think it is a simple matter of respect to any artist who posts a song that; a) a visitor listen to the song--this is the most important point becuase there a numerous other sites you can blow smoke in and leave your name, if that is your main purpose b) before commenting, pay attention to the title details, such as who wrote the song, who played which instruments, who produced the song c) be kind in your assessments and supportive whenever possible, this does not mean lie. If you have nothing good to say, simply say nothing. The majority of our Fando community already do these things and have a great community spirit, this message is NOT for them. Unfortunately, the ones it is meant for will most likely not read this, nor watch the whole video. Please be clear on this;I am speaking for myself here; If you do not listen to my post--do NOT leave a comment. Enough said. And now for those of you still interested, here is "Honesty" Thank you for listening!!!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"You Can't Always Get" by The Rolling Stones a cover by Paul Hoppe, Josefine Peter, Pierre Rosique, Kent Taylor and Mel Donovan I want to first thank my dear friends who joined together with me on this project which I thought would be a quick add some vocals and done kind of thing, but took on a life and direction of it's own, which as fools often do, we followed to the very end. Lol The first stumbling block was the idea of recreating the choir as it is in the original by getting help singing from some Fando folks. This idea went out the window as soon as I listened to the original after already recieving the base tracks from Paulie and Jose. No way I was going to be able to do get that done with real people, so I turned to Pierre, thinking he could use his synths and voice sampling or some other magic tricks. The irony of this is that there is almost no Pierre during the intro, but he was having so much fun playing with the rest of the song, that all of that is included in the final version! As Pierre was recording his tracks, I continued to struggle with the intro, trying any and all ideas that came to mind. I finally used the Helicon effects peddle and managed to get a somewhat satisfactory recording of chanting monks. It was soon after this that Pierre posted some photos of his beautiful country and when I saw the one that is now the cover photo for this song, I knew instantly it had a message and said as much in my comment on his FB post. This is where the intro speaking part came to mind. Some folks think I take this all too seriously at times and maybe so, but let me just say, that when you have waited half of a century for a dream to come true and it does in fact begin to happen thanks to so many wonderful artists and friends in Fandoland, that means a lot more to me than just having fun. Fun and pleasure in the doing are the happy by- products of joining creative spirits with other like minded people and is like nothing else in the world. This project is dedicated to all my friends who have helped to make this dream of creating wonderful music together a reality. THANK YOU one and all!! Now.......on with the show!! Paul Hoppe; drums, bass, electric guitar Josefine Peter; keys, french horn Pierre Rosique; synths Kent Taylor; lead vocal Mel Donovan; all vocals in intro, backing vocals, acoustic and electric 12-string guitars,mixing and mastering, video production
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Peaceful Nowhere a collabboration from Fandalism Thanks to Tommy, Annemiek and Kathy for a pleasurable time playing in Tommy's garden. I have wanted to play with Tommy for a while and when this song came along I did not hesitate to respond to his invitation and I'm very happy we made the most of this crossing of our paths. Thanks Tommy, I look forward to playing together again sometime!! Thanks also for sending us the video for posting, very thoughtful of you!! See you around. Thanks for listening and watching again Fandolites and friends!!
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Fender 12 demo
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Too Long" by Angelo Marinosci Jr. with guitar add-ons by Mel Donovan Angelo was kind enough to grant my request to play along with this tune he posted a short time ago on his page. I enjoyed several hours of just jamming along with him and this is the result. The video is made up of clips from Brian and my ski trip to Vermont early in February 2015. Thanks Angelo for the pleasure! You guitar wizards out there can relax, this is more in the mode of two guys sitting on the front porch jamming. We hope you enjoy your time here!! Thanks for listening and watching! P.S. The tune during the credits is a new song co-written with Lori Oz, soon to be in the final mixing stages. Cheers, Angelo and Mel
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Love Will Keep Us Alive" covered by Lori Oz with Mel Donovan recorded live Hello fellow Fandolites and visitors!! Today's post is a live recording done on my laptop with no edits other than the very beginning and very end of the original file. Lori and I had no idea we were going to be recording our little jam session, which we had talked about having a chance to play together in person during my visit to Smuggler's Notch for a ski vacation. I realized as my brother Brian and I were going up on the lift one day, that because I had my laptop to keep in touch, we could just use the capture mode to record the video and sound. Not an ideal method, however, better than no method. Now that we have been home for a couple of weeks, I am even more happy that recorded our time there because it is fading like a dream upon wakening. So here it is...."it is what it is", We went over the song 2 times before turning on the recorder and let it fly!! hehe We hope you enjoy this as much as we did doing it! Thanks for listening and watching!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Hello dear friends!! What a pleasure it has been to play with Lori Oz and have her creative spirit added to my simple little composition here. Lori was kind enough to develop the melody, lyrics and vocals for "Bye Bye. We are joined with that lap steel monster Tedd VanWagner and the one and only Doc, agreed to put together a video for the tune!! So here it is. Please enjoy our efforts and thank you all for listening! Comments are welcomed of course!
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A live, one take recording from Smuggler's Notch Vermont!!
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"Handle With Care" by the Travelling Wilburys A cover by Paul, Taka, Marc, Tedd and Mel. Well here it is Sunday again already and it is my pleasure to take my turn posting this tune. It has been a while since we finished this and I find myself needing to refresh my memory as to how this came about. Paul contacted me and I thought this was his idea, only to find out when Marc posted, that the song was Taka's idea to begin with. I ask Paul if it would be OK if I became the project co-ordinater and he said sure....I could be the boss!! Haha As anyone who has worked with me before knows, I do steer the boat because somebody has to in order to get where you want to go, but it is in the hours of communication and collection of files and producing that I have grown quite fond of doing these collabs. On original tunes, I try to set out a general guidelins in the form of basic tracks and then let the contributing artist/artists have complete freedom to add their creative input. This is an even more satisfying feeling. Ok, before it is Monday already, here is "Handle With Care". For the many of you who have already visited Marc's and Taka's posts, thank you for stopping by here as well. Paul; drums Marc; lead vocal Tedd; lap-steel guitar Taka; bass, Roy's vocals, harmonica Mel; 12-string, 3 part harmony in bridge, production and video Thanks you guys for making this a fun project to do with your timely and well done tracks!! Thanks for listening and watching!!
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"The Oort 6th-Chapter1" by Pierre Rosique Well what do you know, it's Sunday again already and today I am happy and proud to post Chapter1 of Pierre's epic Oort Cloud series. Although I am only one of the many artists contributing to this musical journey, Pierre has been generous enough to give each of us the option to post this on our own pages. I do so because of the quality of work involved and also because of the friendship and mutual support Pierre and I have developed between us since we first played together on "Astralys Dawn At Water's edge" and the following songs in that saga, which by the way, has one last final chapter to be finished. In this posting, I join with Jerome LeMay and Kathy Shortt in a rotation of singing responsibilities that Pierre asigned to us. Jay took care of piloting this shuttle craft and did a premix of our tracks for Pierre to add his additional musical thoughts to. This project is quite complex, but due to his clear direction and organzational skills, Pierre managed to put all of these tracks from all of the artists together into a continuous and seamless story with an ouststanding video as well!! Thank you so much Pierre for inviting me for this flight upon your mothership, it is always a pleasure working with your creations! Please enjoy your listen as we head to the Oort Cloud!!
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"Far In The Distance" lyrics;Kathy Shortt music; Mel Donovan Hello fellow Fandalites and friends!! It is with great pleasure that I share with you a performance by Kathy Shortt that is just about as good as it gets!! I recorded the twin guitar tracks in early November and thought they would be just right for Kathy's voice, what I didn't know was what lyrics she would write, nor the melody lines she would choose. When I recieved her practice tracks it was a very pleasant surprise to hear what she had come up with. She worked hard during theNovember-December time frame and refined both her lyrics and sing until they have become seamless with the guitar play. A fantastic effort and the results are here for you to hear. I highly recommend headphones and eyes closed in a relaxed sitting position for best results and your safety as you are about to travel "Far In The Distance"!! Thank you Kathy, you are truly an excellent artist/songwriter and person!! Thank all of you for listening. The video is a chronology of cover photos of Kathy's and my co-written songs and "Ontario" to which I added guitar and backing vocals.Please enjoy!!
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"Tuesday Afternoon" The Moody Blues covered By The Doc and The Melvinator Hello our Fando friends and visitors!! Today it is my pleasure to post a collaboration between Guenter Sieling and myself doing one of my all time fravorite tunes by the Moody Blues!! I approached Doc with this idea around Christmas time and was very pleased to get his synth, bass, guitar and drum mix file last week. These sounded so good it gave me a great shot of inspiration to finally sing this song with the proper instrumentation backing. I added my guitar and vocals and this is the result. Of course, Doc did the video, who does them any better? Doc, I thank you whole heartedly for making this possible and for your attention to detail. We thank you all for listening and watching......please enjoy!!
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"The Beauty Of Life" lyrics and vocals by Leila Licks composition and guitar by Mel Donovan. Happy New Year to all my friends and fellow Fandolites!! Today it is my pleasure to share with you a collaboration with my friend Leila Licks, whom I met on Reverbnation, at least a couple of years ago. Since that time Leila has helped me out with the chorus on "The End Song" along with Melody Dawn and she has co-written a song with HG Schmitz called "Ordinary King", as well as recording an album. Leila was also one of the singers in "The Christmas Project" and has been a member of Fandalism for some time now. Here is her link to check out her other posts;http://fandalism.com/leilalicks I once said to Leila that I would like to hear her sing a "happy" song and even though neither of us was thinking of that while working on this tune, I think it is quite safe to say that, that wish has been fulfilled with this song. We thank you all for listening and appreciate your comments. Please enjoy our song!!
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have to run off to work Happy New Years!!
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"Teach Your Children" CSNY covered by US
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"Best Wishes 2" I posted this last year and removed it before Thanksgiving this year because it is the closest thing I have to a Christmas song! I hope I don't get fined or arrested or anything. It has been a rough end to this year, but believe me, to ALL of YOU, I hope you have a great "Holiday Season" !! I say it that way so everyone is included. To all of you who still believe in Santa Claus.....make sure you are in bed asleep by 10:00 or he will not come. To those of you who believe in the Bible, we are surely blessed to have a LOVING GOD who would sacrifice HIS SON for our sins! Please enjoy the song.
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Happy Christmas (War Is Over) - The Peace United Choir Singers 27 November 2014 Greetings to all our Fando family and friends!! It is my pleasure and honor to be able to post "The Christmas Project" on my page even though I only played a small part in the making of it. Richard, Mark and Pierre really outdid themselves with this total production in all aspects. Just handling all the files from 51 singers and 6 artists' instruments is a mind boggling task. Add to this all the videos from the same and quite frankly, I have to wonder if Richard has recovered yet! Lol So please enjoy the work of all these fellow artists and friends and may some day war really be over!! Warm wishes to all for all the days ahead.
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"As If It Is Your Last Day" Schmitz/Donovan Hello our Fando friends! It is once again a great pleasure to have shared the creative process with Mr. HG Schmitz, whom I think most of you know! Lol HG was the first person that I collaborated with so many months ago and it was he who opened the door for all the other common works I have had the pleasure of doing with you talented and wonderful artists here in Fandoland. Things are not always perfect here, but it sure beats all the other sites put together because of you, the members. HG was kind enough to send me this composition and I had great pleasure in working with it. We ask you to please, just watch and listen firt before commenting, so that you can focus on the combined video/song. Thank you all so very much for your support, friendship and sharing your talents!! Please enjoy! "As If It's Your Last Day" music; HG Schmitz lyrics; Mel Donovan Another day Slipping away No one has the right to tell you How to live your life No one can decide for you Which path is wrong or right We all come into this world With a clean slate Our book of life is new Full of blank pages through and through It's up to us to determine The story it tells in the end Will it be full of love and compassion A sharing of joy with family and friends Slippin' away Another day If you find someone to share in your love Keep them close to your heart Each new day is so precious Make each count right from the start Live it as if it is your last day Take each new day as it comes Live it as if it is your last day Take each new day as it comes repeating phrase; in the background (live,laugh,love life) Don't waste it away Another day Slippin away Another day Don't waste it away Another day
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"One Step From The Curb" This is a tune with a social commentary and expresses the anxiety that I ... read morethink many, maybe millions in fact, feel about our current state of economic health. I have had the music recorded for quite some time, but could not get in the right frame of mind to write the lyrics until just recently. Because of the quick tempo I needed help with the guitar solo and Mr. Brice Cross was kind enough to take on the task. Thank you Brice!! I did all the other stuff involved with the making of the song and video. Warning: this is NOT a pleasant song/video, but life is not all lollipops and cotton candy. Thanks to each and every one of you for listening!! that I think many, maybe millions in fact, feel about our current state of economic health. I have had the music recorded for quite some time, but could not get in the right frame of mind to write the lyrics until just recently. Because of the quick tempo I needed help with the guitar solo and Mr. Brice Cross was kind enough to take on the task. Thank you Brice!! I did all the other stuff involved with the making of the song and video. Warning: this is NOT a pleasant song/video, but life is not all lollipops and cotton candy. Thanks to each and every one of you for listening!! I should mention that the houses in the photos are single family homes. Quite a wide gulf between the haves and have-nots!!
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"Lounging By The Sun" recorded and performed by Mel Donovan No biggie here folks. Came across an interesting melody line while in alternate tuning and decided to just go with it. I started with the 12-string (surprised aren't you?), found the drum program, added cello for bass, harp, strings, and finally electric guitar. Some of you will notice the video clips are very familiar because I am recycling them to save time. I took a 3 day break from Fando to stop the echos in my head and quite honestly it seemed more like weeks. Thank you all for the time you take to stop and listen to any of my songs. There is no other place like Fandoland and even with all it's faults, it outshines all the other music sites. So sit back, relax and please enjoy some time Lounging By The Sun P.S. Headphones and sun block recommended! Lol
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""Doctor My Eyes" covered by Mel Donovan "Doctor My Eyes" by Jackson Browne Another week has passed us by and it is Sunday again already!! I am resting after having surgery on Friday, but had recorded this a couple of weeks ago, so it was basically ready to post. I have missed a lot of your posts over the past week and will have time to catch up, since I will be unable to go to my day-job for a couple of weeks. This is one of my favorite Jackson Browne tunes and I played this live both as a solo artist and with my D.O.S. trio. On this recording I used the TC-Helicon Voicelive play effects peddle to add the harmonies as I played the tune and recorded it live on my laptop going through the recorder first. This allowed me to add just a bit of piano to fill a little since I can in no way claim to be qualified to play piano! So here you have it, my offering of the day. Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement!
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"Living A Dream" "Living A Dream" Donovan/Shortt Hello Fandalites and friends from around the world! It is a honor and great pleasure to present a collaboration with Kathy Shortt, HG Schmitz and James Noble!! We recorded "Daybreak" as an instrumental song and were satisfied with the results, but at the same time I asked Kathy if she would like to try working with it. To my surprise she not only tried, but succeeded in writing lyrics and finding a melody for her to sing that not only works, but lifts the song as a whole. Making a song the best it can be is a goal we all strive for and with the addition of my backing vocals and the video that I invested much time in, I feel that we as a team achieved this goal. The lyrics are included in the video for those of us who have hearing problems and those who can read English, but have trouble with the spoken word. My heart felt thanks go to my fellow artists here; THANK YOU, James, HG and KATHY for your creative input on this song!! Here now is the list of artists and their contributions to the song. MEL DONOVAN; original composition, 12- string guitar, synth harp, backing vocals, video production KATHY SHORTT; lyrics, melody, lead vocal JAMES NOBLE; bass and electric guitars HG SCHMITZ; final arrangement, drum programs, mixing and mastering Please enjoy our music video, thanks for your support and comments are always welcomed! (c) 2014
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"Lady Madonna" covered for the joy! "Lady Madonna" by THE BEATLES a cover by Annemiek Beex, Marc Roberge and Mel Donovan Hello Fando members and friends! It has been my great pleasure to play with Annemiek on piano and Marc doing drums, bass, synth sax, backing vocals and kazoo, while I did the rhythm guitar, electric guitar, synth sax and sang lead vocal on this very short, but energetic Beatles' tune. Anne had posted a song with a very similar style of play and as soon as I heard it I felt we would be able to pull this cover off. She agreed to give it a shot and I contacted Marc to see if he was done his wall project and was interested in joining us. Thankfully he was and so, together we put our efforts, quite enthusiastically I must say, into recording what you will now hear. We thank you very much for listening and always appreciate your thoughts and comments! Please enjoy!
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"Autumn Song" This original tune just popped out during the last couple of days, a testament to what some decent sleep and some time away from your job can do for one's creative spirit. A couple of notes; the video clip of the birds going down the chimney was shot by my brother at Mt. Pleasant High School in Wilmington Delaware. Quite a strange thing to see. Also the lyrics during that segment should have been "Winter's on it it's way", but I didn't want to risk redoing the vocals which are all first takes. I wanted to use my electric guitar and play with the effects I have and so I did!! Lol This is not the rocking tune some may have expected, but one of these days I will knock one out! Please enjoy your listen and of course comments are welcome!
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"Ontario" by Kathy Shortt "Ontario" by KATHY SHORTT What? It's Sunday again already?? Well that means it is time to post another collaboration with Kathy Shortt, this time on a song she composed both the music and lyrics to. Back in March after hearing several of Kathy's posts I became impressed with the tonal qualities and a real earthy feel of her voice and so I sent a message to her asking if she might be interested in playing together on an original tune. To my delight she replied in the affirmative and as luck would have it she had just purchased a new Apple computer, with the intent to start doing home recordings. I offered to help her in any way that I could and sent her the file for "Water" which I had quickly arranged, just to get something to her. Kathy in return, sent me the tune we are posting today, "Ontario". On my first add-ons to this song, I was concerned that there was no click track because Anne Reid, her long time friend, and Kathy recorded the guitar and lead vocal track live, so adding a drum program was going to be impossible and this led to looking at the song from the wrong point of view. After many months now, I pulled the song up again with the idea of just playing along with what was there and today's post is the result of this. In the months that have passed, Kathy has become arguably one of the most popular artists on Fandalism due to the quality of her work, both vocally and as a lyricist, but also because of her charming Canadian personality. With this in mind, it is even more of a honor and always a pleasure to have the chance to play with her on any tune, but especially our shared original tunes. "Water", "Too Many Promises", "Living A Dream" and "Ontario" and one in the works have help me to round out my catalouge of songs in a way I could not achieve alone. THANK YOU KATHY for all that you do to the best of your ability. Thank you Anne for a really fine guitar track you did with Kathy. Thank all of you for listening!! We hope you enjoy our efforts and please feel free to comment and share. Cheers!!
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"Your Door" live This is the way I play it live at solo gigs.
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"Daybreak" "Daybreak" 2014 Well here it is Sunday again already and it is an honor and pleasure to present another Fando alumni collab!! This time I am joined by James Noble once again, performing on guitar and bass. Also, HG Schmitz has added his creative input with the drum programs, mixing and mastering. HG also did some fine tuning to the arrangement, which brought my guitar and synth play together tight with James' play and HG's drums. No need to post lyrics today for this is an instrumental version. In a few weeks I hope to be posting "Living A Dream", which is the version with vocals by Kathy Shortt and myself sung to the melody and lyrics by Kathy. HG is in the process of working with those vocal tracks, along with his other projects at this time. So we certainly hope you enjoy the video and our musical creativity on our post today!! Thank you for watching, commenting and sharing!! Cheers MEL DONOVAN; original composition and arrangement, 12-string guitar, synth, video production JAMES NOBLE; bass guitar, elctric guitar HG SCHMITZ; drum programs, final arrangement, mixing and mastering
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"Too Many Promises" Donovan/Shortt Hello once again fellow Fandolites and visitors!! Today, it is my honor to present to you an original tune co-written with Kathy Shortt, with Brice Cross on guitar and Marc Roberge adding drums. First I have to thank Kathy whole heartedly for the time she has devoted to this song and the beautiful video she has put together to go with it. Kat, your voice is much sought after and for good reason, you are a first class singer. When you sent me the first lines to your lyrics I was blown away by how much meaning there is in so few words!! We hit some rough spots in the road leading to this day, but in the end, with the help of both Marc and Brice, the pieces all fell into place. I thank both of them for their creative input which helped to lift the song to it's full potential. There is so much I would like to say, but I will just let the song do the talking for me instead. We certainly hope you enjoy visit today and Kathy is posting on her page also. I'm sure I don't need to encourage any of you to visit with her too! Thanks for listening and your comments are always welcomed. MEL DONOVAN; original compostion, arrangement, production, rhythm guitars, synth cello, backing vocals, mixing and mastering, project manager KATHY SHORTT; vocal melody, lyrics, lead vocal, video production BRICE CROSS; guitar intro, solo, and fills MARC ROBERGE; drum and cymbal fills and right hand man ;-)) recorded July-Sept. 2014 All rights reserved Too many Promises Come with me let’s dance in the rain Oh wash away all of your pain Feel the raindrops fall down on your skin Oh, Let the peace inside of you begin Whoa Let the peace let the piece begin Come with me to a new galaxy Whoa Whispering winds set you free Oh, oh, oh, oh, on a hot summers day You can dream of places You want to escape Oh dream of places you want to escape Chorus Too many lies Too many mistakes Too many promises That you cannot make There are too many promises 3x That you cannot make Oh, oh, oh, come me 2x Chorus 1x Too many promises!! 6x You cannot make~~~
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"Beautiful Boy" Jenni was kind enough to invite Marc Roberge and me to work with this charming tune that all parents can relate to. Jenni sent her track to me with her lead vocal and keyboard play, which included the bass line. I added two guitar tracks plus three backing vocal tracks to which Marc added his drums and two backing vocal tracks. This simple, yet infectious song ended up including 24 tracks, which I then mixed. AS you have already heard this by now on Marc's or Jenni's pages, you will know the tune. Hope you enjoy our efforts!
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"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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"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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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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"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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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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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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Wilmington, Delaware
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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Wilmington, Delaware
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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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
Followers 381   
Views 717,366   
Props 103,378
Instruments Guitar, Songwriter, Vocals, Keyboard
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