Donna 15

Artist Bio

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

TENTH year FAWMing. I 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˜€

No fixed agenda this time around, though a couple of lyrics will be earmarked for one of my regular collaborators. After several months of not writing much (other than revising), I'm feeling about ready to tackle some new lyrics. I may or may not get to 14. Doesn't matter. πŸ˜€ I look forward to reading/hearing what everyone else is doing. And roll on the skirmishes! πŸ˜‰
DISCLAIMER: Any lyric I post is always a rough draft. It is likely 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 specific 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.

About CRITIQUE: No, thank you. πŸ˜‰ Everything I post is a first draft. I'm generally aware of what changes need to be made post-FAWM. Also, for constructive critique I post my lyrics to designated songwriting forums such as
UPDATE 14 FEB: Soooooooo disappointed that illness has kept me from participating 100% this FAWM. )-: I'd been looking forward to the event for months! Ah well... Let's see what happens over the next fortnight.

UPDATE 27 FEB: Yippee! I've done it! πŸ˜€ With the last five lyrics written within 2 days. Yikes!

Songs (15)

#1 Once 25
6 weeks
#2 The Ghost of Love 14
6 weeks
#3 Lead Me Away 10
5 weeks
#4 All The Way Out 7
4 weeks
#5 Kicking and Screaming 11
4 weeks
#6 Rise From The Ashes 6
4 weeks
#7 Just Like the Sea 5
3 weeks
#8 The Collector of Doors 8
3 weeks
#9 Once @marthie 15
3 weeks
#10 Good Way Back (formerly 'Ticket') 6
3 weeks
#11 Don't Make Me Do It 7
3 weeks
#12 Like Water for Thirst 6
3 weeks
#13 I Dreamed I Was A Little Boat 13
3 weeks
#14 Faster Than Your Angel Can Fly 7
3 weeks
#15 Staying Hungry 6
3 weeks


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  • @ajna1960 1 week

    Hi - just wanted to let you know that there is now a demo for 'A Woman Free'

  • @berni1954  2 weeks

    Hi Donna,

    On AGHAST - I meant the first of these two definitions:
    "struck with overwhelming amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror:" πŸ˜‰

  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks

    That's a lovely comment on Knock Three Times, Donna. Many thanks!

  • @toms  2 weeks

    In the What are you reading thread I said that I was reading a book on deontic logic and you said I should write a song about it. πŸ˜€

  • @tamsnumber4  2 weeks

    Thanks for listening and commenting on my collab "Since We First Touched" I appreciate it!

  • @chrishope 2 weeks

    re Easy when..really appreciate your comment. It is about what you thought and the personal version. It is so difficult to find the line of honesty, anger and not upsetting/offending people who hear it, so your comment was important , thanks

  • @chrishope 2 weeks

    re Easy when..really appreciate your comment. It is about what you thought and the personal version. It is so difficult to find the line of honesty, anger and not upsetting/offending people who hear it, so your comment was important , thanks

  • @benjo  2 weeks

    Hey Donna thank you

    you always give such great
    means a lot to me coming from you, thanks again
    take care


  • @dragondreams  2 weeks

    Thank you, Donna. 😊

  • @berni1954  3 weeks

    Thanks for listening to my "Going for Darkness". I was pleased with how that one turned out.

  • @kahlo2013  3 weeks

    Is this what you need? Sorry these skirmishes drive me nuts as I have terrible dyslexia with numbers and letters when they are mixed together and withall of the numbers for time zones plus the multi digit skirmish numbers it is hard to navigate!

  • @benjo  3 weeks

    Hey Donna thank you so much
    for that great feedback on my lyric, secret woman

    you really did take it in the right context, in every way
    yeah I'll bet those boys had fun with the lyric you wrote
    touchy subjects but so so true
    thank you


  • @factorytale 3 weeks

    Will listen to your songs later today

  • @factorytale 3 weeks

    Thank you for the kind comment, and I hope you get better soon <3

  • @marthie 3 weeks

    I hope your health has improved. Tis is my attempt at your lyrics "Once"

  • @larryw 3 weeks

    Oh, and I lived near Maastrict for 3 years, well Herleen was closer!

  • @larryw 3 weeks

    Well if you fancy a co-write when you are here, drop me a line, my web site (which has contact details is)

  • @barbara  3 weeks

    Hi Donna, thank you for letting me know. I had a typo in the link and I fixed it. You should be able to listen now.

  • @marthie 3 weeks

    Has "Once" been put to music or are you reserving it for one of your regular collaborators?

  • @paiyatamu  3 weeks

    Donna, thank you for your kind words on "The Harper Girl." I've read through your lyrics and there's little I could add that the other commentators had not. I hope to hear your voice at some point to hear the melodies you carry in your heart for each of your creations. In the meantime, focus on getting better. Thank you, again.

  • @mikeb 3 weeks

    Thanks for the comments on 'Shelter', no offence to FAWM, but I will be anxious to get back to work on my 'regular' songs starting in March!

  • @jaegerin  4 weeks

    Thanks for commenting on "Holding the Space", Donna! I appreciate the confidence-boost - sometimes it's hard to see the wood for the trees until you get a bit more distance. Gotta get some dinner going now but I will come back to check out your lyrics!

  • @kahlo2013  4 weeks

    Thanks Donna! I didn’t realize the kicking and screaming prompt would have such a heartfelt visceral response until I started writing!

  • @crisp1  4 weeks

    And I thank you, too, for your kind comments on Into the Storm.

  • @sph  4 weeks

    Dank U wel for the nice words on "Into the storm". They make sense for me.

  • @barbara  4 weeks

    Donna, I'm so very sorry for the pain of your loss. My heart goes out to you as you find your way. I too find that writing can be consoling. It doesn't fix a thing, but there's nothing like naming it all, making tribute to all of it, light and dark, to help with the process. Sending love your way.

  • @renegadepriest 4 weeks

    Thank you for your encouraging and thoughtful words regarding "Cyclical Grief." I felt compelled to be brief. This helps me sit with the words more and ponder what they imply.

  • @barbara  4 weeks

    Thank you for shedding further light on 'All the Way Out' for me. My sincere condolences to the mother. I have no idea if that was autobiographical, but your emotional understanding is very deep and very touching.

  • @mkd  4 weeks

    Hey, thanks for commenting in My Dog Has Fleas. Hope you’re feeling better!

  • @mikeb 4 weeks

    Thanks for the comments on my songs. Inspire was my first FAWM collab! On 'Box or Rain' lyric - wish I could take the credit for the concept, the Dead did it first (and best!)

  • @crisp1  4 weeks

    Hope you are feeling better very soon, Donna!

  • @barbara  4 weeks

    Hi Donna, I just came around to check back in on you. I'm glad to see the update in your bio. No fun being taken out of commission like that, but half a FAWM can still be a nice healthy dose! Wishing you a nice strong recovery.

  • @barbara  5 weeks

    Oh dear, Donna! I'm so sorry about you facing pneumonia. You and the antibiotics will kick it's ass--you've got songs to write! πŸ˜‰
    I hope you'll be stronger soon, and meanwhile, give yourself plenty of TLC.

  • @bking  6 weeks

    Hi Donna. I'm glad to see that you're back again for another dose of the madness.

  • @writeandwrong  6 weeks

    Thank you for your kind comments on "Left of Us." πŸ˜€

  • @crisp1  6 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on Hope Beyond Hope, Donna. Hope you're having a fun FAWM!

  • @mikeb 6 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on my first FAWM song, Donna!

  • @deonnek  6 weeks

    Looking forward to more of your songs!

  • @mannon  6 weeks

    You as well Donna! I hope this fawm is as productive and inspiring as you want it to be! 😁

  • @sheilerk  6 weeks

    Hi Donna! πŸ˜€ Looking forward to more of your master wordsmithing!

  • @heavyhedonist 6 weeks

    Good evening, or morning.

  • @wyatt  6 weeks

    HAH----Listen to lady come lately
    Im getting nothing-----Imay have ignored Musey too long this time----You know----Hell hath no fury etc

  • @corinnecurcio 6 weeks

    Hi Donna - Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement πŸ˜€ Have fun!

  • @cindyrella  6 weeks

    Hi Donna! Looking forward to seeing what we all come up with!

  • @sherrycanary  6 weeks

    Hi Donna
    Happy FAWMing

  • @downburst  7 weeks

    Hi Donna! Hey send me an email (on my profile)--I want to talk with you about a collab we did.

  • @tjeff  7 weeks

    Hi Donna, hope to see you around this year! I'll never forget how helpful you were to me in my first year! Happy FAWMing!

  • @dragondreams  7 weeks

    Hi Donna. 😊
    It's always a pleasure to see you here too. x

  • @pcob1993  7 weeks

    Thank you Donna, I have a song started called Amsterdam, a city in which I came of age and still love...
    I'll check out the Goth book. it sounds wonderfully weird...

  • @mikeb 7 weeks

    HI Donna, thanks for the welcome. I have idea what to expect, so anything will be a surprise!

  • @musicsongwriter 7 weeks

    Thank you Donna, likewise.

  • @musicsongwriter 7 weeks

    Hi Donna, Happy February!

  • @nuj4x 7 weeks

  • @petra777 8 weeks


  • @writeandwrong  8 weeks

    Hi, Donna!! 10th year!! Wow! That's amazing!!! And so are you!! Always enjoy your work!! Good luck to you this FAWM!

  • @max  8 weeks

  • @marthie 8 weeks

    Happy FAWMing 2019.
    Looking forward to hear what you come up with this February.
    I am planning to focus on songs for Easter in this year’s FAWM.
    Let’s play, write and listen!🎢🎢🎢🎢
    Marthie- #WOmanOnFire

  • @acousticmaddie  8 weeks

    HAppy FAEm girl! Look forward to hear your work!

  • @kristi  8 weeks

    Hi Donna! Have a great FAWM!! πŸ˜€

  • @andygetch  8 weeks

    Hi Donna!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 15

    Hi Donna!!!

  • @the3queens  Jan 15

    Happy Fawming!