Donna 13

Artist Bio

Canadian living in the Netherlands. Freelance copyeditor.

ELEVENTH year FAWMing. I love the madness, the camaraderie, the creativity... 😀

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. 😀

No fixed agenda this time around. The year 2019 was particularly difficult, ending with the death of my daughter on 24 December. And on 18 February 2020, I lost a precious sister. Still trying to gather my inner forces. A few of my lyrics will likely reflect this.

If I do write any lyrics, a couple will be earmarked for one of my regular collaborators. I may or may not get to 14. Doesn't matter. I look forward to reading/hearing what everyone else is doing. And roll on the skirmishes! 😉
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 😀 - 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 ask first if you'd like to collaborate. It's possible a collaboration is already underway with someone.

About CRITIQUE: No, thank you. 😉 For constructive critique, I post my lyrics to a designated songwriting forum.

Songs (13)

#1 High Road, Low Road @jcooper  31
Feb 2020
#2 Seabed 12
Feb 2020
#3 Whatever My Faults 8
Feb 2020
#4 I Want to Go Back 6
Feb 7
#5 I'll Be Fine @bunter  19
Feb 9
#6 Mighty Fine Performance 16
Feb 9
#7 Rain, Rain, Go Away 9
Feb 14
#8 Crème Brûlée @bunter  20
Feb 16
#9 Mr. Black-hat Man @bunter  14
Feb 17
#10 Girl behind the Curtain 7
Feb 17
#11 Whatever My Faults @theresaj  18
Feb 21
#12 One Epiphany Short 9
Feb 23
#13 I'll Be Fine (now with female vocals) @mariekevinkmusic  25
Mar 1


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  • @jonmeta  Mar 21

    Thanks so much, Donna. I shared your "I'll be Fine" with a dear friend who recently lost her wife and she thought it was delightful. It's wonderful that you can bring a feeling of hope to others out of your own deep loss.

  • @sbs2018 Mar 10

    Thanks for your sweet comments on my poem, “Somebody Their Their Life Away Today.” I ended up taking the idea and building an EDM song around it called “Tonight I Won’t Be Sleeping.”

  • @crisp1  Mar 3

    Thanks for the really nice comment on Hung Up on the Thorns. Susan did a really nice job on it. I'm not in love with all my lines and will probably tweak it, but that's FAWM for you!

  • @scubed  Mar 2

    Thanks very much for your kind words on “Love Has No Season.” I really appreciate it.

  • @jamkar  Mar 2

    Thank you Donna for your listen and kind comment regarding my Meade’s Blues’.

  • @emkaydeebee  Mar 2

    Thanks for your comment on Finale! Yes, a whole musical, I’m genuinely chuffed to bits! I kept talking about it at previous fawms and even wondered about using 50/90 to do it, but you know, life... I think the short time to get it done really worked for making me knuckle down 👍🏼

  • @scubed  Mar 1

    I somehow missed seeing the note about your recent losses until now. I’m so sorry. Wishing you peace and comfort.

  • @lyricslinger Feb 29

    Hi Donna,
    Thanks for your nice comments on my 'Nothing's Stranger Than Kindness' lyric. Yeah, trains are great for people watching and sometimes for getting creative inspiration

  • @dragondreams  Feb 28

    Thank you so much, Donna. 😊

  • @musicsongwriter  Feb 27

    It was a pleasure Donna, I love your collaborations with Billy so much, the words truly fail to express how much I love listening to your work together. Coffee was warm, luckily 😀
    Thank you so much for your help and support. I appreciate it very much. Thank you for every comment.

  • @spunky4455 Feb 27

    Hi, Donna, thanks for your kind comments on my song. I'm also sorry for your recent losses. I had a bunch of feelings to deal with and musically is the best way for me. I'll make a more professional-sounding mix of this and do a video for it.

  • @mikeb Feb 27

    Thanks for the listen and comment on 'Firestorm'.

  • @musicsongwriter  Feb 25

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on a Lonely Swan Donna. Yes please, it will be fantastic to hear your suggestions. Thank you so much.
    Nadia ~

  • @crisp1  Feb 24

    Thanks for the comments on Can You Leave Tomorrow. If you want a real tearjerker, check out Ed's song,

  • @scubed  Feb 24

    Thank you very much for your generous comment on “Please” - I really appreciate it!

  • @mikeb Feb 23

    Thanks for the listen and comment on my 'death' song!

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 23

    thank you so much for your beautiful comment donna

  • @downburst  Feb 23

    Thank you Donna!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 23

    Thank you for your kind words on mine and Mikes collab

  • @jamkar  Feb 23

    Thank you for your nice comments Donna, on my collab with Maddie. 😀

  • @redlady8029  Feb 23

    I don't see a download mp3 on th3 any page. It's posted on sound cloud.

  • @redlady8029  Feb 23

    How do you download a song on if it is downloadable?

  • @tangle Feb 19

    Thank you so much for your comment on Viriditas. I love that share an appreciation for Badass Von Bingen. 🤘 Also, thank you for reminding me of Rabia! I haven't read nearly enough of her and I adore Hafiz, so I know I need to dig deeper into her writings.

  • @dannyk1  Feb 18

    Thanks for taking a look at You Can't I Didn't Try. I'm always happy to see your your name in the comments list because I value your thoughts on lyrics. After reading your remark about sticks and stones I went back and reread that part. The initial meaning behind the line was about trinkets like incense and semi-precious stones. While reading it again, the old saying "sticks and stones may break my bones" popped into my mind and the depth of that line kinda took me by surprise. Thanks Donna! 😀

  • @scubed  Feb 18

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on “Jupiter is Rising in the Morning”!

  • @mychellemusic  Feb 17

    Thank you for your comments.
    My condolences to you.

  • @mikeb Feb 17

    Thanks for the listen and comment on my anti-Valentine song!

  • @sjbatavia  Feb 17

    Thanks for commenting on When I Die. Yes, I think most us wonder as to what lies ahead of us when this life is over.

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 17

    Thank you for your kind comments on my song, "Wash Me Clean"!

  • @treble Feb 16

    Thanks so much for your kind and supportive comments on my skirmish Sugar Song. Means a lot.

  • @arose  Feb 16

    Thanks for your comment on Awesome in Mercy. I did make the mp3 downloadable, so you could see if you can play it now?

  • @mishykatz  Feb 14

    Thank you for the listen and comment!! Much appreciated <3 Happy Valentines Day!!

  • @crisp1  Feb 13

    Thanks for the comments on my collab with Corey, If You Want. Fun to have someone do a blues!

  • @tjeff  Feb 13

    Hi Donna! Thanks so much for stopping by, listening & commenting! Much appreciated. Hope you have a great FAWM!

  • @mariekevinkmusic  Feb 12

    Dankjewel voor je commentaar op mijn liedje! Het is altijd fijn voor beginnende songwrites om de positieve mening van een ander te horen!

  • @treble Feb 9

    Thanks so much for your comments on my song Gold Statue. Glad you got the serious undertones as well as the laughs.

  • @berni1954  Feb 9

    Thanks for your very positive comments on my song "The Vision"

  • @mikeb Feb 8

    Thanks for the listen and comment on my week 1 challenge song!

  • @barbara  Feb 7

    Yes, Donna, there couldn't have been a more magical pick for me. Thank you for your generosity, once again, leading that challenge and acting as a pretty stellar conduit for the divine! You have always given so much to this community, and even when you are in so much pain, you are there. I hope this month among friends will be of some healing for you, too.

  • @scubed  Feb 2020

    I appreciate your lovely comment on “Jupiter is Rising in the Morning”!

  • @scubed  Feb 2020

    Thanks very much for the Druid Animal card! Nice to see you & hope you have a great FAWM.

  • @musicsongwriter  Feb 2020

    Hello Donna. Thank you again for your beautiful challenge and thank you so much for your amazing, very moving and encouraging comment. I felt very inspired after reading about blackbird. I had absolutely no idea what the meaning of blackbird was and it truly moved me. Thank you, I'm very grateful.

  • @bandybum Feb 2020

    Hi Donna
    Thank you so much for your lovely encouraging feedback on Wizard's Apprentice lyric.
    I decided to try and put it to some music. Your thoughts would be most welcome 😀
    Wishing you a magical FAWM!

  • @monty  Feb 2020

    Thanks for the feedback on February Blues.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2020

    Thank you, dear Donna, for your time and comments. 😀 Very much appreciated.

  • @cindyrella  Feb 2020

    Ha. I love hearing where others get their inspiration~!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 2020

    Thanks Donna. I get my inspiration from the funniest things sometimes!

  • @avah Feb 2020

    Thank you for your kind words!

  • @bunter  Feb 2020

    Hello Donna, fancy seeing you here. See you on the other side.

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 2020

    Hi Donna
    Welcome home!

  • @kristi  Jan 2020

    Hey Donna! Have a great FAWM!

  • @bking  Jan 2020

    Hey Donna. Can you come out to play?

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 2020

    Hi Donna!!

  • @downburst  Jan 2020

    Hi Donna! I hope you’re around.

  • @jamkar  Jan 2020

    Looking forward to your creations Donna! Happy FAWM!

  • @mikeb Jan 2020

    Hi Donna, looking forward to any new works form you!

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2020

    Hey, Donna! Hope you have a great FAWM. I wonder if you'd be willing to help me come up with some ideas for the lyricist set of the cards. 😀 I'm not much of a lyrics writer so my ideas are... pretty dumb. Haha.

  • @cts  Jan 2020

    Hello there, my dear friend! Good to have you around for once more dance.

  • @stephenwordsmith Jan 2020

    As soon as I saw that thread title,I knew Donna had to be walking among us again... Welcome back!

  • @tsunamidaily  Jan 2020

    have the best FAWM this year!