Donna 22


2612 XT Delft Netherlands   Jun 2009  

Artist Bio

Canadian living in the Netherlands. Freelance copy editor by day, lyricist by night. day as well. πŸ˜‰

Eighth year FAWMing. It's in my blood now. πŸ˜‰
Love the madness, the camaraderie, the creativity... πŸ˜€

MOST of all I love playing in this huge cybernet sandbox, where everybody shrieks and giggles and throws the sand and their songwritery toys all around and nobody gets hurt. πŸ˜€

This year I'll be writing the last of the lyrics for a composer/co-writer who plans to produce an album in 2017, so I'm depending on FAWM to inspire something that can be polished up later and be decent enough for the album. For this reason, some of my lyrics may not be available for collaboration.
DISCLAIMER: Any lyric I post is always a ROUGH draft, to be revised/rewritten later. Therefore, collaboration songs during FAWM should NOT be considered official joint works, or posted OUTSIDE of the FAWM site. Unless otherwise agreed - and I AM open to post-FAWM possibilities πŸ˜€ - contributions will be individually owned. This means that each party can use his/her own creative contribution for other purposes once FAWM is over.
Please ALWAYS ask first if you'd like to collaborate. There's a possibility a collaboration is already being arranged with someone else. I generally try to mention this in my liner notes, but - in the frenzy that is FAWM - I occasionally forget.

Songs (22)

#1 Cluster of Stars 28
Feb 1
#2 A Little More Dolphin (DEMO UP) @sherrycanary  21
Feb 1
#3 The Kingdom of Delania 10
Feb 2
#4 Less Than Pure Evil 13
Feb 3
#5 Mister Oblivion (DEMO UP) @tjeff  18
Feb 4
#6 Did I Imagine It All? 6
Feb 4
#7 Waking the Dragon 11
Feb 4
#8 Dance With You 7
Feb 4
#9 Clawing At My Roots 12
Feb 4
#10 Repeat After Me 7
Feb 8
#11 If I Never Find That Heaven DEMO UP @the3queens 19
Feb 9
#12 Snow Moon 18
Feb 10
#13 I'm So Weary (DEMO UP) @tjeff  10
Feb 11
#14 What Alchemy Was It 9
Feb 12
#15 Restless In My Socks @acousticmaddie  12
Feb 15
#16 Ghost Town @petemurphy  25
Feb 16
#17 But You Will 6
Feb 17
#18 For Others A Curse 7
Feb 18
#19 The Bus, The Young Man, and the Wheelchair 7
Feb 21
#20 Misty Early Mornings @tjeff  12
Feb 27
#21 She Was the Dump Truck, I Was the Load (DEMO UP) @tjeff  10
Feb 28
#22 Decisions 2
Feb 28


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  • @jwhanberry  Mar 18

    Thanks Donna for listening to my new demo of "Horns Of A Dilemma". Glad you liked it. Thanks for the good prompt in the skirmish.

  • @gvgeis Mar 7

    Hi Donna! Thanks ever for your lovely feedback on Little Star. Yes, Stephen's words and Erin's singing thereof are one heck of a combination. Glad you especially like the final section; the writing actually began there, with the minor mode arrangement of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".

    And the fox says hi. 😁

  • @kathym  Mar 6

    Thank you for the comment on The Encore Song. I will probably change it up a little bit, but am glad to have participated and wanted to end things on a positive note. I'm involved with several series where I attend and perform regularly, so I thought it might be nice to put this together as a message of appreciation. πŸ˜€

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 4

    Thanks for your kind comments on "Breakaway". So glad you liked it. It's been fun skirmishing with you and the gang. Thanks for your good hosting.

  • @fineexcuses Mar 3

    Cheers for the comment on 'Polly Is', most kind. Going to have a dig into your tracks now!

  • @jamkar  Feb 28

    Thank you Donna. I agree, those lyrics didn't make much sense when I wrote them. It was only after re-reading that I decided to post. πŸ˜€

  • @lazykat  Feb 28

    Thanks so much for your comment πŸ˜€

  • @tiller2  Feb 28

    Thanks, Donna, for your kind comments on the whooping crane--wouldn't I love being a (non-starving) bard! Wen gave me the idea because he is doing a show on that endangered bird; but I actually did the words, music, and performance. Thanks! 😁

  • @tiller2  Feb 27

    hi Donna, I've put up a demo of my whooping crane lyric, if you would like to listen πŸ˜€

  • @siebass  Feb 27

    Thank you for the comment and the post in the "recommended songs" thread! Looking forward to March commenting month.

  • @tiller2  Feb 27

    Thanks, Donna, I'm glad "I Need Sleep" made you smile. πŸ˜€ That's a win for me

  • @susyblue  Feb 26

    Hi Donna, thank-you and apologies, I've been away and not checking email/fawm. Time is running out! but will do my best πŸ˜€

  • @ryako  Feb 26

    Thanks for the comment! I also like saloon songs. I've always loved the saloon girl outfits, too. (Ruffles!) How awesome for your friend to get a piano piece in there! I would die and go to heaven if that happened to me.

  • @yam655  Feb 26

    (Belated) Congratulations on hitting Century Club! πŸ˜€

  • @ajna1960  Feb 26

    Responded to your email @donna πŸ˜€

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 25

    Thanks Donna! I'm glad my first skirmish was one you hosted too. πŸ˜€ I'll be skirmishing more ASAP!

  • @tjeff  Feb 25

    Hi Donna - thanks for the welcome and the comments on "Wolf Creek Pass" and "Long Way Down"! Much appreciated!

  • @spunky4455 Feb 24

    Hi, Donna, thanks for your compliments on my song. It was something I felt I needed to do. Actually, I think the whole planet is going to feel pain before this is over. I'm going to SE Asia soon, so that maple leaf sounds like a smart idea.

  • @wacha Feb 24

    Thank you for your kind words on "Jaguar". I take a lot of inspiration from movies and shows I watch. I have a slew of songs about Joan Crawford and Joan Crawford movies, they always feel too obviously about the movie to me but when I play them I have gotten, "Yeah, I wouldn't have guessed that was about Joan Crawford." It's nice to know the connect on more than one level.

  • @quork  Feb 24

    Donna, thank you for your wonderful comment. That raven landed on the hood of my car and tried (successfully) to cadge a bite of my burger. The building behind it is actually a sculpture called Raven House, fortuitously in the shot.

    Here's hoping you're far too busy fawming to be SAD this year.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 23

    It's all about having fun! 😁

  • @tiller2  Feb 23

    Thanks, donna, for validating the woman's pov in my "Keeping It Real" song. Only recently have I tried risking such imaginative shifts but they have worked out okay.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 23

    Of course the choice was always mine. That's what made "But Real" so meta-FAWM. I skirmished about not skirmishing. LOL

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 23

    And your interpretation was exactly what I was feeling and struggle seems like something I recognize and need to take ownership of prioritizing repair ....rather than chasing distractions that are sometimes easier... so yeah the song is close to the bone for me too..

  • @mishykatz  Feb 22

    Thanks for the feedback on February rain πŸ˜€ look at you go!

  • @crisp1  Feb 22

    You're too nice, Donna. Thanks for the comment on In the Quiet. Lori really found the heart of the lyrics and set them to the perfect music. If you get a chance, listen to All the Dark Distance, too.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 21

    Thanks for listening and commenting on "Forbidden Blade". Glad you liked it. Have a great week.

  • @dawn1 Feb 20

    Thanks Donna for taking the time to read and give feedback on 'Blade' I am going to try to set it to music today and have no idea what to do! I'll just make noises till it comes to something πŸ˜€ Have a good day!

  • @nuerdetjuligen  Feb 19

    You are so sweet Donna! Thanks for reading my rough draft lyrics. The demo's up if you're bored sometime and want to listen, but no need/hurry/rush. It's going to get retooled in March and maybe completely different.

    AND I love your 'sandbox' analogy for FAWM. it is so nice to have a forum to 'play' and create in where nobody gets hurt. Thanks for being such a positive part of the sandbox! you're awesome.

  • @dutch1967 Feb 17

    And thanks so much for listening to and commenting on Moddergat.

  • @dutch1967 Feb 17

    Thanks Donna! Dankjewel!
    I had it easy. With lyrics as clear and well organised as Tasha's there's no real fight in fitting chord changes to the words. Just a matter of finding the right key and letting the melody flow. Easy as pie.

  • @tiller2  Feb 16

    thank you for your lovely comments about Whooping Crane, means a lot coming from you! πŸ˜€

  • @thetau  Feb 16

    Already a winner... More Proof that a FAWM Classic songwriter, can produce them in MASS.
    Russ πŸ˜€

  • @petemurphy  Feb 16

    Ignore my last message. I revisited the page, and it seemed to load ok πŸ˜€

  • @petemurphy  Feb 16

    Hello Donna, I just saw you'd uploaded the song, but when I visit the page it says "You have not provided a valid SoundCloud URL. Learn more about using SoundCloud players."
    I also saw a few minutes ago that Georgie has been having problems with Soundcloud links not working for her songs either.
    If there's an issue with Soundcloud, I could always host it from my Dropbox account (or set up the FAWM file hosting. I pay for it every year, but never use it).

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 15

    Cool! Glad you liked it!

  • @redlady8029 Feb 15


    I found you. Here from jpfolks. I worked the graveyard shift 12 am -8 am and i just got home. Going to sleep but will read and comment on your songs when I wake later this evening. You were my incentive to join fawn this year. Thank you so much.

  • @marthie Feb 13

    "Ek wil Loop" Thank you for the feedback. I am Canadian and South African...

  • @marthie Feb 13

    Thank you for your feedback on "Are you out there?"

  • @marthie Feb 13

    Thank you for your feedback on "What is one kiss"

  • @tageule Feb 13

    Hey Donna, thanks for your nice comment - and for starting that inspiring challenge. You've already made it to fourteen - congratulations! I'll surely come back later to check out your songs. (I've fallen behind a bit with commenting anyway and still have a few songs to write...) πŸ˜€

  • @dragondreams  Feb 12

    Thank you again, Donna. 😊
    And congratulations on hitting the magic number. ☺

  • @squeakmouse73 Feb 12

    thank you for your encouragement.

  • @cindyrella  Feb 11

    Thanks for the nice comments!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 11

    Hey Donna, thanks for such a great skirmish prompt!

  • @thelowestbitter Feb 11

    Thanks for your comment, lyrics are up now. Just wanted to make sure I posted it before the time was up even if I hadn't filled out the liner notes or lyrics sections πŸ˜€

  • @billwhite51 Feb 10

    Donna, thank you for commenting on my song alosn this earthly path i someties go. I try to keep this song soft and pretty like donovan bt my dark side keeps breaking through.

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 10

    Thank you so much for your nice comments

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 10

    Thanks for following my train of thought in "Catch a Wave", I just let my imagination wander wherever it wanted to go and it was really like a little cartoon movie playing in my head as I wrote. So I'm glad I got enough of the imagery across πŸ˜€

  • @billwhite51 Feb 8

    Donna, thank you for listening to and leaving such nice comments on Witches of the Northern Shore. I am happy that you enjoyed the song.

  • @spunky4455 Feb 8

    Thanks a lot for your comments! Glad you were able to listen. Yes, great lyrics made it easy to turn into a song.

  • @mishykatz  Feb 8

    Thank you for the review of Its All About the Color, much appreciated, I love learning to craft songs, you are a wonderful example to learn from and this is an amazing learning experience!

  • @cluebird66 Feb 8

    Thanks for your kind words on "Full Well". Coming from you, it means a lot.πŸ’•

  • @cluebird66 Feb 8

    Thanks for your kind words on "Full Well". Coming from you, it means a lot.πŸ’•

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 7

    Thanks for listening to my song "Underneath The Tree", I appreciate it.

  • @spinhead  Feb 7

    So glad to hear that the song keeps the feeling of the book. It's one I'm especially proud of.

  • @ryako  Feb 7

    Thanks for the comment, donna! Hope you're doing well. Look at all the songs you've written!

  • @famouspatrick  Feb 6

    Thanks for the kind words on my "Roots" song. I admit that sometimes, when I'm not writing actual songs, I practice writing metaphors. This one was kind of loose, but not a lot of time to refine it in a skirmish.

  • @snoozin  Feb 4

    I'm happy you liked my song, "Roots", Donna. Thank you for your kind words.

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 4

    Merci Beaucoup Donna for commenting on my French song.
    I clearly need to find a conversation group, but it was fun

  • @igg  Feb 4

    Thanks Donna....walking through the dark valley ...trying to keep my eyes open..!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 4

    Thanks so much for your beautiful and that kind comment, Donna!

  • @summerrussell Feb 4

    Great to see you FAWMing prolifically once again, Donna! You are an inspiration.

  • @mikhail Feb 4

    ΠŸΡ€ΠΈΠ²Π΅Ρ‚ спасибо πŸ˜€

  • @mishykatz  Feb 4

    Thanks for the Addiction feedback, much appreciated!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 3

    Thank you for listening Donna! Cheers for the comment - so glad you could relate πŸ˜€

  • @aprilm Feb 3

    Thank you for your kind words on What We Love! I was drawn to Kristi's lyrics and I am honoured to have the opportunity to interpret them with my addition of music and vocals

  • @cblack  Feb 3

    Frenzy and determination are the goddess's middle names! (Not really.) So I got that bit right, at least. The anxiety part is part of the song I wasn't entirely happy with, and which I couldn't quite figure out how to bend to my will... It was supposed to be more along the lines of, "Faces danger head on, but doesn't take it too seriously." So a positive form of anxiety, maybe? 😝

    Anyway, thanks for the comment. Glad you liked it.

  • @kevinemmrich  Feb 2

    Hey donna, we are back at it again. Have you seen wyatt around? I don't see any activity from him here or at JPF. I am getting worried.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2

    Aww. Thank you, Donna. I had a huge grin all the time I was playing that ode. πŸ˜€

  • @cts  Feb 2

    Thanks for swinging by, Donna. When you get a moment, I've put up a temporary hosting link until I get home tonight. Feel free to take a listen if you're so inclined...

  • @jnadon Feb 2

    Hi Donna, just popping in to say "hi" and wish you lots of inspiration and productivity for this year's FAWM!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 2

    Hey, Donna! Thanks a lot for the kind words.... It is true, I will be short of time, but will try to participate as much as I am able to... I am very happy to see you here again. I wish you a wonderful and inspiring February!

  • @klaus  Feb 1

    Hello Donna. [ Insert something warm and funny in Dutch with a Canadian accent... ] And I hope you have a great Fawm 2017! πŸ˜€

  • @jamkar  Feb 1


  • @rickamorphis  Feb 1

    Hi Donna...good FAWMing to you!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 1

    Thank you Donna. He is a disturbed man.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 1

    Thank you so much, Donna. That was a really hard song for me to play but I'm glad I did. πŸ˜€

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 1

    Thanks, Donna!

  • @nikke88 Feb 1


    I would love to hear FAWM -themed rock opera. Actually, that is a brilliant idea. πŸ˜€

  • @jamkar  Feb 1

    Donna it is time, and I so look forward to your verses!

  • @scubed  Feb 1

    Hello, Donna. Happy FAWMing!

  • @monty  Feb 1

    Hi Donna! Great to see you here once again.

  • @downburst  Jan 31

    Hey Donna! I just realized I haven't said hi yet. I hope everything is going well.

  • @ryako  Jan 31

    Hello, hello! Nice to see you again!

  • @vikkiflawith  Jan 31

    Have a great FAWM!

  • @sherrycanary  Jan 30

    Hi Donna
    Great to hear from you.
    Carpal tunnel now healed.Surgery successful.
    Looking forward to your offerings this year.
    Happy Fawming

  • @mishykatz  Jan 30

    Thanks for the welcome! so excited to be here

  • @alboe Jan 30

    Hope you have a great FAWM this year.

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 30

    Hello, Donna. It is always a joy to see you here.

  • @barbara  Jan 30

    Hello, Donna! Wonderful to see you back again too. And I'm always appreciative of the ideas you spark in your challenge suggestions. Happy FAWM-ing, and good luck filling out that album. I have faith you'll have real keepers. πŸ˜€

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 30

    Hello Donna! I hope I can keep up and read all of your creations, I always enjoy them and you inspire me! Happy FAWM!

  • @petra777  Jan 29


  • @petemurphy  Jan 29

    Good evening, Donna!
    Yes, I'm planning on going dark(er). My songs last year tackled some difficult themes, but I want to go even further in that direction.
    Hope you have a great FAWM!

  • @musicsongwriter Jan 29

    Hi Donna, thank you for your warm welcome. Looking forward to reading you beautiful lyrics, listening to your collaborations, hearing your new songs.

  • @dragondreams  Jan 29

    Hi, dearest Donna! πŸ˜€
    Mentally fettled, physically not so brilliant. But FAWM keeps me smiling. 😊

  • @cts  Jan 29 does, don't it? But that just let's me know how much crazy-amazing fun we're having! πŸ˜€

  • @kristi  Jan 29

    Hi Donna! There's creativity in the air!.....Have a great FAWM!

  • @cts  Jan 29

    Hello, dahlin! All the best, as always.

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 29

    Hello, Donna! I'm always grateful for you introducing me to FAWM and 50/90, and a pleasure to view your work! Happy FAWMing and best wishes to you this February! πŸ˜€