Melvin Donovan - Guitar - "New Year" featuring Kent Taylor, Kai Liebert, Brice Cross and Bill Watkins on an original composition by Mel Donovan A rare Friday night posting for me, but Kai has to travel tomorrow and will be gone for some time, so we are posting now instead of waiting. This tune actually started as an experiment for the intro to "You Keep Me Hanging On", but when I played it for Kent we decided it didn't work for that song, but that I should use it for an original tune. The rhythm of the tune is what grabbed me from the get-go and I knew Kent would let loose on it once I had a full arrangement and that he does as you will here. I took a chance on asking Kai, if he might be interested in adding some synth and thankfully he agreed. Mr. Brice has been very kind to work with a number of my tunes and really outdid himself on this one. Bill and I have been working with Richard and Mark on the Beatle tunes and it was a pleasure to have his help on an original. Well, the guys are waiting, so all I want to add is that I love the spirit these gents added to this tune and I couldn't be happier!! We thank you all for listening and by all means share if you wanna!!
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"New Year" featuring Kent Taylor, Kai Liebert, Brice Cross and Bill Watkins on an original composition by Mel Donovan A rare Friday night posting for me, but Kai has to travel tomorrow and will be gone for some time, so we are posting now instead of waiting. This tune actually started as an experiment for the intro to "You Keep Me Hanging On", but when I played it for Kent we decided it didn't work for that song, but that I should use it for an original tune. The rhythm of the tune is what grabbed me from the get-go and I knew Kent would let loose on it once I had a full arrangement and that he does as you will here. I took a chance on asking Kai, if he might be interested in adding some synth and thankfully he agreed. Mr. Brice has been very kind to work with a number of my tunes and really outdid himself on this one. Bill and I have been working with Richard and Mark on the Beatle tunes and it was a pleasure to have his help on an original. Well, the guys are waiting, so all I want to add is that I love the spirit these gents added to this tune and I couldn't be happier!! We thank you all for listening and by all means share if you wanna!!
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Gentle Going by HG Schmitz & Mel Donovan Hello again Fandolites. It is once again my pleasure to share a collaborative work withHG Schmitz, with you today. HG will be posting aswell and I hope you will stop by and say hi to him too. Longtime members will recall that it was HG who first taught me how to send files and the complete "how to do it" on our first tune together"The Circus". I was totally blown away by how he transformed that song into a true power tune. Over the years we have shared our creativity on many tunes, some I composed and some he composed, but in each case we were able to enhance the others initial ideas into something more satisfying. In this case, HG recorded the instruments and sent that mix to me for lyrics and vocals. Thank you HG for all the time I have enjoyed working with you on our common projects. HG did the music and video production here on "Gentle Going". So, without further ado, please enjoy your listen. Thank you!!
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Hanging 10 featuring Brice Cross, Pete Goindi & James Noble
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
Hired Gun by Paul Hoppe with Karin Marion & Mel Donovan Paul recorded his drums and rhythm guitar track and sent the reference file to me to play with, along with his lyrics. I then added 12 string guitar, vocals and a little organ. I sent this to Karin for her to add her vocals and here now are the results of the full band version. We hope you enjoy and thanks for listening!
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No Soldiers Anymore by Lars JJ, Melani Cholie & Mel Donovan with Peter Goindi and Juha Hintikka This song is based on a composition called "Looking Back", that Lars posted back in the beginning of this year. When I heard his post I was inspired to ask him if I could work with it. Being the generous man that he is, he said yes. I decided to split his original compostion into two parts and add a bridge in the middle and an outro based on this bridge. Working with the Reaper DAW now has made it possible to get a good quality string sound, so I added cello for low end and violins for higher end tones. I also added acoustic and electric 12 string guitars to his base composition. We sent the new arrangement to our dear friend Leila Licks with an invite to add lyrics and vocals. Due to real life issues she has been unable to work with the tune at this time and she suggested we invite someone else to work with it and when she can get to it, she'll do her version of it as well. I asked Lars if that was ok with him and he was in agreement, so I turned to the person I have turned to so often of late, Melani Cholie. Melani, as most Fando folks know by now, is not only very talented, but also has a deep well of experience and lyrics and a fine intuition of which lyrics work well with the music presented. It is always a pleasure to have her creative spirit included in a project and this time is no exception! She suggested a flute solo in a space after the bridge and so we invited Juha to join in. We were very happy he accepted the invite and did an excellent solo which fits the song perfectly. We had much discussion about percussion and tried several different approaches that did not pan out. In a last effort, I sent the mix to Pete, who has been kind enough to join in on a good number of projects recently. He said that while flying over the country on a bussiness trip, he was listening to the tune repeatedly, when he suddenly had an idea for the drums, but would not know if it worked until he tried it when he got home. We hope you will enjoy now, the final fruits of the combining of these talented artists from distant places, into one coherent song. Once again, my heart felt thanks to these friends for adding their creative spirits to an original tune. And special thanks to Melani for once again creating a wonderful video that adds a nice touch to the song. Melani also asked me to pass along that she has some real life matters that require a lot of her time right now and will be only able to visit for short periods of time. I think we can all relate to this!
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"Swimming Swans Song" by Tyler Selph with strings added by Melvin Donovan It is my pleasure to share a composition that Tyler created and posted some time ago that I have added some strings to in recent weeks. From the first time I heard this it was clear to me that there was plenty of space and opportunity to add cello for some low end and violins for the mid-range. It all starts with the original piano track of course and it is a beauty. The video Tyler found to go with his music is a perfect match and thankfully he was kind enough to add the new music to the original video. It's a short but pretty song and we hope you enjoy listening to it again. My thanks to Tyler for having an open mind and being generous enough to allow me to experiment with these new string sounds from the Orchestral Companion plugin. I learned a lot and had a fun time doing so. We both thank you for listening.
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Money And Fame by Mel Donovan & Melani Cholie featuring Pete Goindi on drums and Brice Cross on gui... read moretar This is another original tune that Melani was generous enough to join with me finding the lyrics and developing the melody which she sings wonderfully!! I asked Brice if he might enjoy playing along with this tune and he once again answered with his stellar expression on guitar. The song grew to the point it deserved real drums and I turned once again to Pete. He loves creating music as much as everyone we know and did another excellent play. This song is the first tune I have produced with the Reaper program and I am excited to be working with this new platform. I lot to learn yet for sure, but I can see the endless possibilities from here!! I love Mella's vocals on this tune and Brice's and Pete's creative input. It is a honor and pleasure to have such fine band mates!! My heart felt thanks you guys!! Melani created the video as well and did a splendid job with that. Ok.......below are the lyrics. We hope you enjoy the show!! Money and Fame Strophe Tryin to be yourself – smoke and mirrors all around Let nobody harm you – even when you´re down When the world is full of glamour – what you see is just a lie Take the door to honor – let temptation pass you by Money and fame Strophe Illusions on TV – don´t take this mess for real Beauty richness party life – this is not the deal Tolerance and happiness – is what I´m shooting for Open mind and questioning – open up the door Bridge money and fame will drive you insane respect and pride is what a money can´t buy Chorus We all learned the hard way - but learning keeps us strong Life is full of challenges – be sure where you belong We all need to realize – the essential things are few Pretending only lasts for short–no matter what you do ----------------------------------------solo---------------------------------------------------- Strophe Tryin to be yourself – smoke and mirrors all around Let nobody harm you – even when you´re down When the world is full of glamour – it tears your honour down Chorus We all learned the hard way - but learning keeps us strong Life is full of challenges – be sure where you belong We all need to realize – the essential things are few Pretending only lasts for short–no matter what you do
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Love Divine by Donovan/ Cholie Well it's been a long strange trip we're on, but today we are finally sharing "Love Divine" which was begun in January I think! :-) Melani has once again been kind enough to add the lyrics and vocals to my original composition and her creative spirit is always a big plus for any musical project. As the song grew I asked Pete Goindi if he would like to add drums and he replied that working on original tunes gives him a chance to express himself, so yes, he would be happy to. I intended to add the bass myself because I thought the song was rather simple and did not require much, however I turned to another fellow Tinted Reform bandmate, Bill Watkins and asked him what he thought. He said that he believed he could find a good bass play in the song and agreed to play with it. His results speak for themselves but also show why he is a fantastic musician and one nice person as well. In fact, the same can be said for each of these wonderful artists. So without further ado, here is "Love Divine". I should mention Melani was also kind enough to create the lovely video for the tune. We hope you enjoy your visit. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ LYRICS by Melani Cholie ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Love Devine - Love devine - letters the sky can´t help that I want more and I´m burning Love devine - Love devine Don´t loose your time for any unsound wine we´re building up our house - and we leave the sadness out I ´m drinking your eyes, lay by your side, late in the night, under the deep blue sky I sing with the birds, there´s nothing that hurts, recently love We touch our souls, we fell deep in deep love, can´t help the reason why Forget all your tears, open your ears, you´re the sun of my life Love devine - love devine The day we met, it was a day we regret That we lost our time for any unsound wine My twin, my sin, my destiny, my soul related fantasy I ´m drinking your eyes, lay by your side, late in the night, under the deep blue sky I sing with the birds, there´s nothing that hurts, recently love I sing with the birds, there´s nothing that hurts, recently love Love devine - love devine we´re building up our house - and we leave the sadness out
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"Enough Is Enough" by Mel Donovan with HG Schmitz and Ron Sheehan This song is dedicated to the students and families who lost loved ones in Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. shooting that happened on Valentines day. It is the actions of them and their fellow students around the country, that remind so much of our protests during the Viet Nam War. There comes a time when you have to make a stand and say Enough Is Enough and that time is now. The students should know that we support them 100% and believe that commonsense gun laws are way past due! I want to thank HG Schmitz for joining in this project with me by adding the drums and bass and for doing the music production. It is always a big plus to have his help on any project. For the first time we are joined by Ron Sheehan. He was kind enough to handle the guitar solo. Thanks Ron!! You might notice this tune has a very CSN&Y sound to it and this is by coincidence only. I hope we didn't end up copying one of their songs unintentionally. In any case, we hope you enjoy your listen and let's let the students know they do not stand alone against the forces that have corrupted our way of government. Thank you for listening and please feel free to share if you agree!
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Same Heartache by Ken Sutton with Mel Donovan Ken wrote this song during the time we were no longer in touch with each other. Upon getting together again, this is one of the first 5 songs we recorded. It was a learning process,since neither of us knew how to use the Fostex 8-track digital recorder he had purchased a couple of years earlier. It was greatto be writing and recording songs again after a 24 year gap. Unfortunately Ken has passed away and I had intended to share this tune quite some time ago, but never got it done. It is only fitting that I dedicate this to the two women who shared his life and love with over the years; Lisa and Carolyn. Ken was a very kind soul and is certainly still missed by his family and friends. Thank you for listening.
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Wilmington, Delaware
"All You Need Is Love" a Fandalicious cover by Joan Berly, Melani Cholie, Richard Trudeau, Kent Tay... read morelor, Mark Taylor & Mel Donovan It is my great pleasure to close out 2017 with this group of friends who have also been involved with many of the other projects I have had the honor to be a part of. War posted an unplugged version of this Beatles' classic which moved me to pick up my guitar and give it a go. I found by starting with a C chord, it was easy to play the bass notes and avoid using any bar chords, which are hard to play well on the twelve string. I capoed up to use the C shaped chord to play in the key of F major , which is closer to the original key. I then tuned down a step and played starting with a G chord shape etc.... I intended to keep this simple with more focus on a group vocal. With the help of these fine folks, we achieved a fine group vocal sing and Richard and Kent were kind enough to each sing a verse as well. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hopes for a healthy and very musical 2018!! We hope you enjoy your listen and thank you for sharing your talents with us throughout the year.
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Wilmington, Delaware
I Said by Leila Licks & Mel Donovan with Bill Watkins and Kent Taylor and Mr. Brice Cross!! We posted an earlier version of this original tune that Doc was kind enough to produce for us. At that time there were no drums and the song has a much gentler feel to it. I asked Kent if he would add drums because I felt the electric 12 string called for a harder edge to the song. Thankfully Kent agreed to do so and I did a mix with his drums added and the electric guitar brought forward. Leila remastered the mix and added the video for the final project posted here. My thanks to Leila, Bill Kent, Brice Cross and Doc for adding their creative spirits and abilities to another original tune!! We hope you enjoy!
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Wilmington, Delaware
The Circus by Melvin Donovan & HG Schmitz HG surprised me a couple of days ago with this remixed, remastered version of the first song we ever collaborated on. Tyler and I have been reviewing each other's post and HG happened to see our comments and this moved him to revisit the tune for an update. The results are excellent, but it is his guitar solo at the end of the song that steals the show!! Amazing! Thanks Hans for taking me under your wing way back then and showing me the ropes that led the way to all these posts that followed. You are a very kind man my friend. P.S. I almost forgot to do this because my P/C is giving me a headache!! hehe We hope you all enjoy!! Thanks for listening!
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Wilmington, Delaware
Julia/Because_(The Beatles) - Tinted Reform, 23 September 2017 It is a true honor and pleasure to play and sing with Richard, Bill, Peter, Fred and Mark. Richard has told all of us that it is fine to post these common works on our own pages when ever we desire to do so. I absolutely want this to be part of my Fando library and so I have decided to post it now. Life is full of surprises and not all of them are good ones. I am fine, but many of the people I've know for years are not so fortunate. It has been a dream come true to make high quality music with fantastic musicians from around the world and I certainly hope to continue doing so for a long time yet. BUT, just in case I think there is no better time than now to post this. Richard's rendition of "Julia" is so good, I decided to just post the whole original video that he made. We thank everyone who took time to listen and the wonderful comments that were left.
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Wilmington, Delaware
"America" by Mel Donovan & Melani Cholie with Kai LIebert, Andre Kunzel and Giampiero Giamp Good day fellow citizens of Fandalism! Today I am happy to share in posting "America". A tune I composed on guitar, that Melani added lyrics and vocal melodies to. Kai wanted to do the producing as well as keys and also did the final arrangement. For drums and bass, Kai turned to Andre, a former band member with him in past times and he joined on board. Mister X, as some may know him, Giam was kind enough to add his personal style of electric guitar. So with this fine crew of artists aboard and Kai flying the ship, the song gelled and took on a heart beat and life as you will hear. We hope you enjoy our tune about Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid and Emma!! Thank you for listening! Melani also did the video which is proof of her good eye for art!! America lyrics by Melani Cholie Something caught my heart, recently a kind of love A wild bunch with Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid You came to death in Argentine as a hated desperado Nineteen o eight (1908) “hole in the wall” and you Years give a sign with all the dollars in your hand What you can share is just a feeling in the end I´m competing your life Life´s on its wing Something wild in your eye Love should cross your way Etta was here name, she took your heart and kept it You went back to United States To live your life You came to death in Argentine as a hated desperado Nineteen o eight “hole in the wall” and you Years give a sign for all the dollars in your hand What you can share is just a feeling in the end I´m competing your life Life´s on its wing Something wild in your eye Love should cross your way The reason why to dare is your skin Holding on as a sinner and a saint Pretend to say that you are sailing to the stars I know you carried things too far Lalala HUHUHUHUH lalala solo Years give a sign for all the dollars in your hand What you can share is just a feeling in the end I´m competing your life Life´s on its wing Something wild in your eye Love should cross your way The reason why to dare is your skin Holding on as a sinner and a saint Pretend to say that you are sailing to the stars I know you carried things too far Lalala HUHUHUHUH lalala Melani Cholie
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Wilmington, Delaware
"With These Eyes" by Lars Johannes Johansen & Mel Donovan featuring Hans Melhus on violin Hello ... read morefellow artists and musicians! Lars posted the original composition with an open invitation and I got goosebumps right from the very first listen. I told him imediately that I would like to see what I could bring to the tune and Lars agreed to let me take a shot at it. There were many delays between that time and today's posting, but with the additon of the violin by Hans we are now satisfied with the results. Lars' composition and play on the Baryton guitar are a work of beauty and very inspiring to me. During the delays I was able to keep refining the vocals and they went through several phases that they wouldn't have, if not for these delays. All's well that ends well and we hope you enjoy the song! Melhus on violin "With These Eyes by Lars Johannes Johansen & Mel Donovan with Hans Melhus (With these eyes) With these eyes I have seen many things Through the years Memories of a good life, I hold so dear Make me laugh and cry through the years With these eyes (Hmmmmmm...........) With these ears I have heard many sounds Children's laughter as it's floating all around The wind that whispers Through the long needle pine These memories living In my mind (In my mind) The seasons change and the summer turns to fall Makes me wonder How many more will these eyes see Bfore the winter snows fall I'll miss them all With these eyes (oh......oh..........With these eyes) One more time around the sun and here we go In my heart there's some truths that I know That give me comfort In the fading light. You'll be with me (c) 2017
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"The Story In Your Eyes" a cover by The Fanda Lights Today it is my pleasure to share the results of collaboration that started with the idea of keeping it small, that grew to be anything but that! Some months back Bob Clements joined in a cover of "Raised On Love", a tune of Justin Hayward's, and as soon as it was completed, I felt like we should do another Moody Blues tune together. After some time passed, this song came to mind, so I ran the idea past Bob with the idea of doing most of the instruments myself. I was happy to get his positive response and he agreed to sing the lead vocal. I then turned to Marc Roberge for the drums and I was luck that he agreed as well. The bass part of the original is essential for this song to work and I was thinking of playing it on the synth, but I happened upon Tedd VanWagner and decided to take a chance and ask him if he would be interested in playing it. Luckily, I caught him at a good time and he also agreed! At that point I decided this would deserve some quality players on the guitar and piano and some worthy backing vocals as well. I happened to be visiting Remco's posting at this exact time and realized I had been thinking of asking him to join in on a collab for the past year, but the opportunity and thought had not happened at the same time. So I asked him if he would consider handling the electric guitar parts and thankfully he said yes. After listening to the original many times, I realized there was piano mixed in there, that you just don't really notice at first. This made me think to ask Annemiek if she would like to join in and she said she would give it a go. Needless to say, she nailed it. For the help with the backing vocals I was thinking of good friend Joan and after overcoming many hurdles, she was able to deliver her usual excellent vocal tracks. It is a true honor to have the trust of these fine artist's to handle the mixing process and I am so fortunate and happy that each joined in to create this final version of our cover of "The Story In Your Eyes". We all thank YOU for listening!! I am now late for posting time!!! See ya in a few! Cheers
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Landslide" a cover by Madison Mueller & Mel Donovan Hello fellow Fandalites, today it is my pleasure to share a collaboration between Maddie and myself covering the signature Fleetwood Mac tune "Landslide". She expressed a strong desire to do this tune and I have always liked it a lot as well, so due to Maddie's developing vocal skills I certainly jumped on a chance to do this song. I have never acquired the ability to do the finger picking style of the original tune, so at first I recorded the more strumming style that the Dixie Chics used for their rendition. After listening to that, she expressed her desire to do it more like the original style, so I went back to the drawing board and came up with the guitar tracks you will hear today. I read in an article that they used 4 guitar tracks on the original and in our rendition here there are only 2. The main focus of the song is not the guitar, but Maddie's voice. She sent me one stereo track. All I did in the mixing process is load this track twice and panned the one at 11:00&1:00 with nothing added besides a little E.Q. and the 2nd panned at 7:00 and 5:00 with some reverb and E.Q. adjustments. This allows the listener to hear the detail in her expression as she sings the tune. Thank you Maddie for doing such a great sing on this tune and for not giving up on me and letting this song go by. It's always a pleasure to work with you and a joy to watch and hear you grow as you travel along your musical journey! Maddie and I thank all of you for taking time to listen and for sharing your talents with all of us. Please enjoy your listen.
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Prince Of Hearts" by Melani Cholie & Mel Donovan with Marc Roberge, Pete Goindi and Richard Tradeau It is with great pleasure today we share an original tune of which I recorded the composition and sent an invite to Melani to see if she was inspired to write the lyrics and sing the song. Thankfully she had something in mind right from the get-go, so we set about developing the song you are about to hear. I reached out to Pete Goindi for drums because we have been involved with some common projects with Richard and I was aware he has recently obtained new recording equipment, not to mention his solid play on the afore mentioned projects. He responded in the affirmative and I then sent an invite to Marc Roberge as everyone in Fandoland knows is a solid multi-talented artist and fortunately a frequent flyer with me on original tunes; Thanks Marc!! As I added the bass and drums to my acoustic and electric 12-string tracks, I felt there was an opportunity for some nice sounding strings and added them with the synth I have on hand. The thought crossed my mind to ask Richard if he would be interested in adding a guitar solo and outro, but knowing of his many projects in the works, did not really expect a positive response. To my surprise and delight he said he would be happy to give it a go! Knowing Richard's abilities, there was no doubt in my mind what he played would be most excellent and sure enough it is. Melani was kind enough to put together the video from clips and photos of the group playing the song and Richard's is a highlight of the video. From Melani, me and the guys, we THANK YOU for listening and we hope you enjoy what you hear. It is sad that we have lost so many stars recently, but such is the road we all travel down, so let's enjoy the day while it is ours to do so! Happy 4th to my co-patriots!
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"Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House a cover by Doc Protool and Mel Donovan I hope everyone is having a fine summer and getting some time off from work and a chance to relax and have some fun. Paulie had suggested his song to me some time ago and I turned to Doc because of the organ solo in it. He surprised me by sending all the instruments on the track you are about to hear. Always top notch work by Doc and this song is no exception. It was up to me to add the vocals and after some time I was able to get them to the point that they are no longer offensive to the ears.....I hope!! Lol In any case, I never would have considered doing this tune if Paul hadn't of brought it up and I thank him for doing so. Doc, what can I say??? You are a pro my friend. Ok, I have been very busy with my job and a couple of other projects, but intend to spend some time today and again next Tuesday, when Melani and I will be posting a co-written tune, "Prince Of Hearts" which Marc, Pete and Richard joined us on. Thanks for listening everyone and for sharing your talents with us here in Fandoland. Alrighty Doc, let's do this!!! Cheers!
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I Said" by Leila Licks & Mel Donovan with Bill Watkins and Brice Cross produced by The Doc Leila's link; http://fandalism.com/leilalicks This song has been on it's journey since I first recorded the guitar tracks back in June of 2015. It wasn't until I sent the reference file to Leila Licks that progress began to be made. She found the key to the lyrics and recorded her vocal tracks near the beginning of this year I think!! Lol I then turned to Doc for some musical input, but at the time he was unable to play, so he did offer to handle the producing and of course I was happy to hear that. Next I turned to Bill Watkins for the bass, since our collabs with Richard and on "New Year" have been so cool to do. Bill agreed and added his tasteful, fretless bass play. I once again invited my good friend Brice to add his signature guitar play and thankfully he had the time to do a short, but perfect solo for the tune. Once all of these parts were done and mixed, I sent a file to Kentavious to get his opinion on whether or not he thought drums would enhance the song. His reply was a yes and of course I asked him if he would be willing to add them and fortunately for us, he agreed and did so. The added drums created a whole new feel to the song and this created a dilemma........which version did we like better??? Leila and I love both versions and could not choose between our twins which was the fairer of the two, so the simple solution was to post both versions. Today we will share the version without drums and mated with Doc's video production. In the near future we will post the version with drums and a video featuring Leila singing the song. Now, after two years in the crock pot our tune is nice and tender and ready for consumption!! We hope you enjoy and we each THANK YOU for listening!
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We Reap What We Sow by HG Schmitz & Mel Donovan Once again it is my pleasure to have the opportunity to add lyrics and vocals to one of HG's musical compositions. In this case we also had the help of my grand daughter Gabi in ht e backing vocals. It's always fun to help her get her parts recorded and she is doing a fine job of being on pitch. HG sent the music with the title "We Reap What We Sow" and it was only natural to write with our dear president in mind. There are many sayings that I have learned with age, hold real wisdom and truth, such as the title of this song. I used several of the ones that came to mind while writing the lyrics. Thanks HG for the joy of working with this song. We thank you all for having a listen!! "We Reap What We Sow" by HG Schmitz and Mel Donovan There's one of those old wise sayings A stich in time saves nine This is widely regarded To be true (STOP) A think about what it is you're sayin' (Stop) And think about what type of seeds you're laying Over time they are going to grow When they do you'll be the first to know Gonna wipe that smile off your face And put a big frown in it's place (Hey-Yo!) We reap what we sow This is something that's widely known (Hey Yo) What goes around comes around And it's coming 'round on you You can't take it with you when you go This is something you need to know You spent your whole life chasing a pot of gold You're out of time and sold your very soul (Hey Yo) We reap what we sow This is something that's widely known (Hey Yo) What goes around comes around And it's coming down on you. Ahhhhh look out , here it comes Take a look back at the games you're playin' And the dirty lies you've been sayin' Ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure Now the truth is knocking at your door (Hey Yo) We reap what we sow This is something that everyone knows (Hey Yo) What goes around comes around And it's coming down on you You can't save your cake and eat it to Like you're trying so hard to do At some point you have to let go of the things you hold so dear They're only dragging you down There is a lesson here to be learned So in the end you don't get burned (Hey Yo) We reap what we sow This is something that everyone knows (Hey Yo) What goes around comes around And it's coming 'round on you (Hey Yo) (Hey Yo) Oh no we reap what we sow Now everyone everyone knows Oh no what goes around comes around And it's coming 'round on you (Hey Yo) lyrics by Mel 4/2017
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Wilmington, Delaware
"The Dance Of Life" by Mel Donovan and Janice Zamb with Marc Roberge and Vince Zammit Hello to all our Fandalism friends. Today's original tune features lyrics by Janice, drums by Marc and for a 1st time collab with us, Vince Zammit on bass. The instrument parts of this song were completed back in late January I believe and at that point, no lyrics were coming to me as they usually do, so the song sort of went to sleep. A couple of weeks ago I decided I should check with Janice and see if anything came to mind for her. Fortunately, once she recovered from being ill, she was inspired by our music and proceeded to write the lyrics. In the meantime I had added electric 12 string to "Stairway To Heaven" for Richard and because of this experience, I added it to this tune as well. Marc always comes in with high quality play no matter which instrument he is using for a tune and it was certainly a pleasure to include a new member to our collab and Vince did a fine track and was very patient with me. Sorry it took so long guys, but Janice really saved the day here and a BIG thank you to her and the both of you for all adding your creative spirits to this tune. We all thank YOU, for listening!!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Hope" by Mel Donovan with Marc Roberge and Brice Cross Come with me And I'll go with you To a place Have our spirits renewed Time for letting go First open your door Take a step outside Leave all of your troubles behind On our way To another Brighter day There's no time For us to wait Been holding on too long The hour is late Leave your pain behind Open up your eyes Let the sunshine flow back in A brand new day No more pain A smile on our face to stay Let's go No reason to stay Even one more day It's all in your mind Come on it's time We'll leave it all Far behind (c) 2016
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
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Wilmington, Delaware
Everything Will Turn Out Well by HG Schmitz and Mel Donovan HG wants to dedicate this tune to Dave Rodriguez and his wife Annette. It was Dave's observation that HG had not written a "country style" tune, but nearly every other genre of song, that set his music mind wheels turning and of course HG created a great composition in that style. When I first heard his work in progress I was impressed by the high energy and "up" feeling to the composition and was totally happily surprised when he asked me to add the lyrics and sing the song! Thank you Hans for another wonderful gift! You are not only extremely talented, but also very generous as well. :-) OK, so it just so happens that the HG got the video and song production all ready to go on the eve of our dear president's address to congress tonight. We could not have planned a better time to post our tune. We thank you for listening and if you feel like sharing with friends and family, by all means, have at it!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
I'll Get You covered by Mel Done from memory and NOT for perfection. I hadn't listened to this song in 30 years or more, but decided on the spur of the moment to record it for the fun of it. After recording the live tracks, I added the harmonies and hand claps. Spent about an hour on this, so be kind and don't boo and hisssss please!! Their tunes live within my heart, sorry about the lyrics, but they are pretty close!! hehe Enjoy.
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Life Is The Hardest" composed and performed by HG Schmitz Lyrics and vocals performed by Mel Donovan It has been a while since my last posting of "Keep Christmas In Your Heart" and ironically, today's post was actually recorded previous to the holiday season and now that things have calmed down a bit, it is a great pleasure to start off the new year with a tune from the gentle giant that gave me a chance in Fandoland.....I speak of my friend and mentor HG Schmitz. I knew nothing about sharing files and all the things we all do as second nature now and it was his kindness and patience that open the door to this brave new world. Most of you are aware of this already, but I mention it again because my gratitude for his gift has not dwindled one tiny bit over the years. So, when I received this invite from HG, I was happy and excited to have another opportunity to work with one of his always fantastic compositions, especially one with acoustic guitar included. As is his norm, HG's only direction was to keep the title and when I questioned him as to the direction of the lyrics, subject wise, we tossed around a couple of ideas. The first thing I noticed that is a little unusual is the tune had a double intro. It seemed logical to me to start from the beginning of the human experience, child birth, and go from there as a way to approach the lyrics, so Isearched YT for the sound of child birth and found one with a baby crying and it seemed a perfect fit. HG, after hearing this, found an even better one and that is what you will hear here. Once that first step was taken, the rest of the lyrics came rather easily, but what surprised me, was the conclusion I reached once done writing them. Maybe you will come to the same or maybe a totally different one, but in any case, we certainly hope you enjoy your listen. Thank you all for the years of excellent music and fun times, if only there was more of it!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Keep Christmas In Your Heart" by Janice Zamb and Tommy Tompaz It has been my pleasure and honor to work with this group of talented artists and wonderful people on this special project. Janice Zamb; song idea, lyrics, recruiter Tommy Johansson; musical arrangement, guitar, lead vocal, chorus, intro, video production Melani Cholie; lead vocal, chorus Joan Berly; lead vocal, chorus Chet Fortune; lead vocal, chorus Annemiek Beex; organ Brice Cross; guitar solo Marc Roberge; sax, drums, bass, chorus Mel Donovan; guitar, choral arrangement, chorus, audio production We would all like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a healthy and safe New Years. Thank you for all the music over the past year and for stopping by for a listen here now. KEEP CHRISTMAS IN YOUR HEART – FINAL Verse 1 If I had one Christmas wish It would be to change the world To make it a better place for the human race Let music spread the word across this troubled land And reach out to every soul so peace is all we know Verse 2 No more wars to fight No voice to discriminate Let’s all extend a hand to those less fortunate Time to open the door and let your kindness flow It’s easy once you start to keep Christmas in your heart CHORUS Let love be the song A song the whole world sings Keep Christmas in your heart every day of the year Keep Christmas Keep Christmas Christmas in your heart Verse 3 In every corner of the world No matter who you are Let’s share a common dream and make peace a reality No need to wish upon a star When you have Christmas is in your heart Let music spread the word To everyone Verse 4 We can create a world That’s without fear and without hate It only takes the power of love We must believe that it's not too late Fill the air with joyous song Be the change that you want to see And make the world a better place For all humanity. CHORUS Let love be the song A song the whole world sings Keep Christmas in your heart every day of the year Keep Christmas Keep Christmas Christmas in your heart CHORUS/OUTRO Let love be the song a song the whole world sings Keep Christmas in your heart every day of the year Keep Christmas Keep Christmas Christmas in your heart ©Janice Zamb 2016
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals/production
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Strolling By The Sea" lyrics by Alan Jones composition; performed by just about every musician i... read moren the world!! :-) I had been jamming to this standard blues tune simply because I enjoyed playing it and one day I decided to record it and see if I could find some folks to add their creativity to it. Alan (Stig) came to mind immediately for the lead vox and I asked if he was interested in writing the lyrics and singing the tune. I was happy to get his positive response! I thought of Paul for drums because I owed him a song and I thought he would be the right drummer for this tune and I'm glad he came aboard as well. Who else to ask for guitar than the blues man himself, Franck. I was pretty sure he couldn't resist an original blues song and sure enough, luckily, he couldn't. I thought there would be room for some harp and Lars has posted a couple of tunes recently with his harp play included, so I asked him to join in as well and it is a pleasure to have him as always. Ahhh now for bass. I had noticed that Don Borgal had become quite distanced from Fando and thought he might like to join with this tune and was very happy to receive his positive response! I added some backing vocals as well as the rhythm guitar we built the song up from. I had a feeling that this would be a cool blending of personalities and styles and I'll let you be the judge of that for yourselves. As for me, I am truly thankful for each of these guys adding their own personal creative spirits to a very standard type tune, that developed it's own likable feeling!! We hope you enjoy and as always.................THANKS FOR LISTENING!
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Ukelele Exorcism" by Mark Taylor with Mel Donovan Greetings to all Fando friends and listeners. Today I am pleased to share an instrumental tune composed by Mark on ukulele some months ago. The first night I heard this I was moved to add something I heard in my head while listening. It is the deeper guitar part on this mix, with some refinements done. I sent a sample mix to Mark and asked if it was ok to work with the tune. After some time passed he gave me the green light and recently I found time to spend playing with it. In keeping with the title and mood of the song, it was obvious that photos from THE EXORCIST would be fitting, so I used them for the video. It is always a pleasure to play with Mark's compositions and I thank him for this opportunity. We BOTH thank You for listening!! WARNING; If it is dark where you are, turn the lights up!! :-)
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
When Will I Be Loved a cover by Mauricio,Joan,Marc & Mel
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Chicago" by Graham Nash a cover Doc; keys and instrument pre-mix Claude: song choice, chorus vocals in pre-mix Federico; drums Angelo: bass Joan: chorus and backing vocals Mel: lead, chorus & backing vocals, final mixing video editing First off, my thanks to all the members of this project for such great work by each and to Claude for suggesting this tune to begin with. It is certainly timely considering the presidential election soon to be held here in the states. This video footage is historical newsreel and not acting. It is quite shocking to see the vicious nature of the attack on the protesters and to realize this happened in our country, not that many years ago because of people speaking out against the Viet Nam war. One of our current candidates has actually encouraged violence against hecklers at his rallies in recent months. Nash wrote this song to his fellow bandmates, Crosby, Stills and Young in hopes they would join with him to sing at the protests. There were 8 people arrested and charged with inciting a riot and Bobby Seals was literally tied up and gaged at the trial because he would not sit quiet during the proceedings. It was decided to try him as a separate case and so The Chicago Seven was the name tag pinned to the others. This was a very dark time in our countries history and one we should never want to go back to. Thanks Doc for the excellent pre-mixed tracks you sent to me to work with. Thank you Joan for all the effort you put into blending your vocals to match up with Claudes and mine. And THANK YOU for listening again here. There was a little mix up in communication as to the posting on Sunday.
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/mixing
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Best Wishes 3 by Mel Donovan & Michel Gypen http://fandalism.com/stratochel Michel: guitar, bass, drums, mixing Mel: composition,... read more 12-string guitar, synth, video editing I got notice several months ago that our original video had been blocked because of a copy right issue, which I have no real idea of the reasons, but in any case, I contacted Michel and made him aware of my intent to make a new video for this song that he made so beautiful. I think this video is even better than the earlier one and that is as it should be!! THANK YOU Michel for this gift you gave to me. I love this song and I'm only too happy to share it again! We hope you all enjoy and thank you for listening!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Half Moon Bay" by Jeff Larson Performed by Mel Donovan Hello Fando friends far and wide. Back in April, Michela made me aware of this beautiful tune by Jeff and I loved it from the very first listen. We decided to do a rendition of it and I set about recording the instruments. I ran into trouble discerning some of the chords and Jeff was kind enough to send them to Michela along with the chord diagrams we are all familiar with. As many of you already know, Major 7th and major 9th chords can be a bit tricky and his message was a welcome relief. On the production here you are about to hear, are the exact instrument tracks I sent to Michela some weeks ago which she decided did not have the exact feel she wanted and so she did a version with Mark and War which is posted on her Fando page. I wasn't about to let all the time I had invested in the song go to waste, so I have added all the vocals along with those tracks for my own version of Jeff's song. It is a beautiful song and certainly more than one or two versions are possible while keeping that core beauty intact. My thanks to Michela for making me aware of this tune and I hope everyone enjoys their listen. Thanks for your support and sharing your music with us all. Also, Lars JJ was kind enough to let me use his video of the moon and a few of his photos that are all very nice indeed!! Thanks Lars!! And now, on with the show!!! Cheers!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
HG Happy Birthday Wishes 2016
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Melvin Donovan - Introducing
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Mirror Mirror" by Mel Donovan with Kent Taylor, Brice Cross & James Noble We would like to dedicate this rock/ funk tune to Mr. funkman himself, Mr. HG Schmitz! He is known far and wide around the globe for his ability to create compositions in pretty much in any genre of music. I on the other hand, have about as much funk as an old, chunky bottle of milk. But not to worry! To the rescue comes Kentavious, Bricester and the nobleman James, to add just a twist of that funkyness to my basic rock tune. HG my friend, if you had not been so patient with me when you were teaching me the ropes of moving files and all the fun stuff we all take for granted, I may not have lasted on Fando. THAT would have been a real bummer!! So thanks from the four of us for all the great collabs and great music you have created with us and with Hilde of course! We hope you enjoy the tune! We thank you all for coming by for a listen and your comments are welcmed and sharing is indeed caring!! THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"On Butterfly Wings" by Mel Donovan and Janice Zamb with Stephen Jones on guitar Sometimes songs come out of nowhere it seem to almost write themselves and this tune is one of them. I recorded the basic tracks of this tune the day after I first started playing it and because of a conversation I had with Janice about books we have read, the thought to send it to her for lyrical consideration came instantly. So , I sent that first recording to her and in the process the thought crossed my mind that this would be a good tune for Steve's guitar play and I mentioned that to Janice. As usual, I held my breath waiting for their responses and thankfully they replied in the positive. It isn't often that creative spirits combine this quickly and the results you are about to hear took less than 2 weeks to come together. Janice found the butterfly video clip and it fit almost perfectly into the timing of the song. I thank Janice for writing lyrics that match the feel of the music to a "T" and also to Steve for doing such a wonderful guitar play. We THANK YOU for having a listen. Please relax, use headphones if they are handy and enjoy our tune. ON BUTTERFLY WINGS Sometimes (now and then) I fantasize my body’s a cocoon A haven for my heart A shelter from life’s wounds And when I close my eyes for the very last (final) time A light shines from within I know it’s not the end As I see my spirit rise on butterfly wings Oh, I’m flying high on butterfly wings Onward to infinity far beyond the stars Twirling in the solar wind I think I could touch Mars Gliding on butterfly wings casting rainbows in the sky Like floating in a dream on my spirit butterfly CHORUS Ohh-ohhh, my spirit flies high on butterfly wings Ohh-ohhh, I’m flying high on my butterfly wings Bridge Sometimes (now and then) I fantasize my body’s a cocoon A haven for my heart A shelter from life’s wounds And when I close my eyes for the final time A light shines from within and I know it’s not the end As I see my spirit rise on butterfly wings Ohh, I’m flying high on my butterfly wings Flying high on butterfly wings ©2016 Janice Zamb
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"The Way I Care" by Leila Licks and Mel Donovan Sometimes in life you are lucky enough to meet extraordinary people, ones that have gone through the fires of hell by no fault of their own and come out the other side stronger in spirit and light, instead of the darkness of despair that no one could blame them for feeling. I have been very fortunate in that I have met a few of these people and today it is my honor and pleasure to share with you a tune co-written by Leila, who by all means is certainly one of these. In addition to being a person of light and hope to others who have had similar negative life experiences, Leila also has a fantastic voice, as you will soon hear on our second co-written tune, the first being "The Beauty Of Life" (http://fandalism.com/themelvinator/ Rk) found here if you are interested later. Also here are the links for Leila's Fando page and RverbNation site: http://fandalism.com/leilalicks https://www.reverbnation.com/leilalicks and last but not least, the cdbaby link to download this song, if you so wish; http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/melvindonovan Leila has a unique style of her own and I encourage you to visit her at her sites to find so much more musical fare! So, on with the show, hear now the marvelous voice of Leila singing with the accompaniment of my 12-string composition. We certainly hope you enjoy your listen and thank you for very much for doing so in the first place.
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Traveller covering You're All I've Got Tonight I'd like to dedicate this to Jim Jenkins, Andy and Channon because when I first heard some of their early recordings the influence of The Cars and especially The Talking Heads was quite evident to me and when I came across these tracks while reviewing the Traveller recordings, I thought these guys in particular might enjoy these songs. There is a half of "You're All I've Got Tonight" followed by "The Dangerous Type". We were in full "bar-band" mode by the time of this recording in a local bar called The Anvil Inn. Anyways....hope you enjoy and thanks for listening!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Telephone Line & Dust In The Wind-covered by Traveller @1978 Recorded live with 2 mics on a stereo reel to reel in the gym at Mt. Pleasant H.S. in Nov. 1978.
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Sunshine Lady by Ken Sutton with Mel Donovan
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"The DuBracck Of The Delaware Bay" by Mel Donovan recorded by Traveller @ Kjem Studios 9-18-1983 This is one of the 4 original tunes we recorded in the studio on their 24 track tape machine. As many of you know, I have been busy saving these ancient recording from reel to reels and cassettes that Ken Sutton had saved from back in the day. I have had a couple of requests for this tune and it is my pleasure to share it now. Pierre kind of moved me in this direction with a photo he shared recently and thank you for that my friend. I am not really a sailor, but did love having the chance of going out on a very nice sailboat owned by a friend of ours from back when we were still playing live gigs!! He also let me take the helm while we were heading into dock and that is where the photo of me doing so came from. Here are the lyrics and this is a summer type song, so now is a good time to share it. Thanks for listening and commenting, please enjoy! As I was walking down in Wilmington one fine day I saw a pretty little girl just a smile my way She asked me if perhaps I'd made some plans to stay I said no, no, I'm headed for the Delaware Bay And with that, I just smiled and turned away And set a course for the Delaware Bay And as I sat on my hotel balcony chair I heard this musical laughter floating through the air And I looked down to the beach so far below There was that pretty little girl I wanted to know And with that, I just smiled and turned away And set a course for the Delaware Bay (chorus) A la la la the DuBracck in the Delaware Bay And on the next day I took a walk down to the shore Little did I know I'd never see the sky any more When I got to the bow of the ship that girl was there She was laughing as if she didn't have a care And with that, she just smiled and turned away And left me at the bottom of the Delaware Bay Chorus (C) 2015
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
Audio
Wilmington, Delaware
"The Preacher" by Lars JJ and Mel Donovan with War Vandal Lars has inspired me again with another of his earthy guitar compositions and was generous enough to let me run with it. I added an electric guitar track to is berytone and acoustic guitar tracks and then wrote the lyrics based on a book I had just finished reading. After adding the vocal tracks Lars and I decided we needed drums and we turned to War for his help. He was kind enough to agree and added drums and some other percussion and as an after thought, added a guitar track he reversed and it seemed to be a perfect fit with the rest of the tune. I added a bass part last of all and had the pleasure of doing the mixing and mastering. We still needed a video and War once again came through with a very fitting contribution. My heart felt thanks to Lars for having an open mind in regards to his composition and to War for all the creative spirit he added to this project. We hope you all enjoy and we thank you for listening. Here are the lyrics: He rode in on the northern wind Bringing death his only friend The sun was blotted from the sky Swirling dust blinding every eye An evil omen carried in on the wind that day A childhood that was no good His momma didn't do what mommas should A father that he never knew A twisted mind that twisted more as he grew A fantasy taking hold Believing he became the left hand of God Taking lives without remorse Always in the right, of course A code of honor of his own Look into his eyes and you would sware there's no one home They call him the Preacher The Preacher was his name They call him the Preacher People prayed when he came Now sheriff Jack Reacher Crossed his path by fate He swore he would get him If it's the last thing that he ever does they call him the sheriff Sherriff Jack Reacher He sent the Preacher on his way To meet his Maker on that day
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar/producing
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
I Don't Need It Anyway by Ken Sutton performed live by TRAVELLER 1983
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Melvin Donovan - Guitar/vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Only One More Night" by Mel Donovan Featuring; Joan Berly on vocals Kent Taylor on drums Tedd VanWagner on lapsteel and bass Thanks to each of these talented artists we are finally able to bring a final version of this tune that satisfies my original vision for the song. It began with an invite to Laney Greynolds to do a collab back on New Year's Day, 2015. When she replied that she thought that would be fun the saga of this tune began. The idea of singing on a tune with Laney gave me all the inspiration I needed to get to writing something that would work with a male and female vocalist singing lead. I came up with the idea of using the character Alex Cross from a series of novels by James Patterson and the general story of how his job as the best detective in the U.S. affected his life with his wife. They are both very much in love and have children. After coming up with the arrangement and basic tracks, I sent an invite to Kent, asking if he would be kind enough to help out with the drums and thankfully he responded in the positive. His play is perfect for the song and I thank you Mr. Kent. Next I sent a mix of those tracks to Tedd and asked if he could add a slide intro and outro to the song. Thank you Mr. Tedd for such a fitting intro and outro!! Then the original artist to add bass could not come on board, so I went back to Tedd and thankfully he agreed to add the bass and I love what he came up with! All this time I was staying in touch with Laney as the song developed and there were problems coming to light that we on Fandalism don't even consider any more, we are so used to just sending and receiving tracks. Laney and JC do all their recording in the studio, so I could not just send Laney a mix to sing with and then their concert schedule and studio schedules took up all of her time. I turned to a few of our Fando female vocalists, but none seemed to have the fire of desire to do the tune............until I sent Joan the updated mix with all the parts except the female vocal tracks. Joan agreed to sing the tune, but because of issues with her breathing, this was delayed for almost a year now. In any case, thanks to these fine artists, we can now share the tune with all of you. We thank you for taking time to listen and hope you enjoy what you hear. The video features Veronica dancing and was very kindly provided by??????? I will let him reveal himself, if he so desires!
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
NEW YORK MINUTE COVER SONG BY MEL "New York Minute" by The Eagles A cover by Doc, Claude, Angelo, Federico and Mel What an honor and pleasure it is to sing along with the V5 on this Eagles' classic. When Doc sent me the files to add my sing to, I was absolutely blown away by the first class quality of their tracks. These guys are pros for a reason and it shows in all the music they post. We had trouble getting this tune posted on Youtube and so could not share it on Fando until Doc recently found a way around the road block. We hope you will enjoy our rendition and thank you in advance for taking time to listen!! Cheers
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
"Raised On Love" by Justin Hayward a cover project by; Jenni Chang, Joan Berly, Gabi Gaines, Marc Roberge, Bob Clements and Mel Donovan I came across this video posted on YT by Moody Jill quite by accident and from the first time I watched and listened I loved the feel of this song. My mind went to Jenni because of the qualities of her voice and I sent her my idea and she accepted the invitation to help out with the vocals. I then turned to Marc Roberge for the drums once again and he provided just the right sound as well as vocal harmonies. My grand daughter happened into my "studio" while I was working with the tune and kept asking me questions about playing guitar when the little light bulb in my head blinked on and I asked her if she would like to sing along with us on the chorus. She said YES of course and was doing her diva act while recording, but her track speaks for itself! (left channel with Jenni on chorus). Joan has been working to get her voice back after some medical issues and felt strong enough to help us out on this tune and did a great job of filling out the vocals. Bob had made a comment on FB in regards to something I posted about this project and I extended an invite to him on the spur of the moment and to my pleasant surprise he not only knew the song, but loved it as well and so he agreed to join in with the group sing. It was another very pleasant collaborative experience and I thank each of the members for the spirit they put into their tracks. It was my pleasure and joy to play with each of you and put the puzzle pieces together........,always fun to do as long as everything is in sync!! Lol Thanks ladies and gents. And now without any further ado, here is "Raised On Love".Whoops.....one more thing; last night as I began working on the video, I was somehow sent to a Vimeo page with the video we used as a guide from YT on it. Further, Moody Jill was the name on the page and it showed a free download option. Having no clue what I wanted to do, I figured why not and downloaded her video with the intent to switch our soundtrack for the Justin Hayward soundtrack she used. I left a comment on her YT page about what I was doing and this morning there was a message from her saying; "sure, go ahead and use it." I was both very surprised to see such a quick response and also very relieved. Apparently, Moody Jill was raised on love. Thank you Jill. Ok....please enjoy!!
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
Video
Wilmington, Delaware
Guinnevere a solo live cover
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Melvin Donovan - Vocals/guitar
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Audio
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
Video
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
Audio
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Audio
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
Video
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Wilmington, Delaware
"Requiem For Ken" by Mel Donovan, solo version
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Melvin Donovan - Songwriter/guitar/keyboard
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Wilmington, Delaware
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