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Here are some of my original songs, hopefully for your listening pleasure.
Listen by double clicking on the title. To download to your desktop,
right click on the title, select "save as" and then choose
the location where you wish to save the file.

The first song on the list is the latest, though it was written around 1993-94, after which
life steered me away from writing music to prose. Many of these are not professional
recordings, especially songs from the early years, as I'm sure you'll be able to tell.
Most of songs co-written with Joseph (my best friend singing partner on these recordings)
were recorded at Art Munson's studio and he generously contributed his amazing guitar and bass
playing when we asked. Since he played professionally with the Righteous Brothers, we
always asked. I was in awe of the gold records adorning his walls, so it was an
inspiring place to work and dream. Last I heard, Art had moved to Nashville,
but, Art, if you happen upon this page, many thanks for all your mentoring and talent!
Also big hugs and humble thanks to all my women's music festival "partners-in-crime"
who always managed to create some alternate reality in which
I was always better than the limits of my actual talent would suggest.

 

I'm the One (who lets you break my heart)
Music and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
I wrote this one after one of those "she cut out my heart with a butter knife,
then threw it in the street and stomped it to bits" relationships...but the
deeper the love, the harder the fall, and all that 'live and learn' stuff...
but at least I got to keep the barbecue grill...

Heart of Stone
Music by Joseph Elton Suber and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
We wrote this when we were young and foolish, and thought
mixing country with reggae was a good idea


Maybe I'll See You
Music and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
I wrote this one after coming out to my mother,
and she headed off down that long, long river of denial


No Tricks
Music by Joseph Elton Suber and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
This is kind of how I wish I'd always perform in relationships,
but all too often fall short.

Let's Make a Memory Tonight
Music by Joseph Elton Suber and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
We originally wrote this because rumor had it that Kenny Rogers
and Dolly Parton were collaborating on an album of duets. Of course,
writing a song, and getting it in the hands of the intended artist are two
very different things. But at least we got the song on tape, and
we both believe the chorus would be perfect for a Kodak or
Hallmark commercial, in case any of you happen to have a friend
(or friend of a friend) that works at either company.

Hey, Don't You Know
Music and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
A song I wrote to celebrate my first real love.

High on Heartache
Music by Joseph Elton Suber and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
Our dear friend Daniel Scarborough, one of the sweetest, most loving, and
wickedly bitchy southerners to ever grace this planet had many ups and downs
with his beloved DJ. He called me during one of those lower moments, and when
I inquired as to what was wrong, he replied, "nothin' really in particular, darlin'...
I'm just high on heartache today." Sounded like a country song to us!

Bird on the Wing
Music and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
This may be the first song I ever wrote, but after 35 years,
it's kind of hard to know for sure.

This Song Is For You
Music and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
I wrote this one for my "moms", Sue and Judy, who welcomed me into their family
in 1977 when I was estranged from my own, and who have loved and supported me
through thick and thin for almost 35 of the 50+ years they've been together.
Everyone should be so lucky to have women like these in their lives!

Bitter Eyes
Music Joseph Elton Suber and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
A song about that inevitable point in a relationship when you realize that
the thrill is gone but it's still comfortable, so you have to decide
whether to end it and start over, or if comfortable really is "enough."

Lonely, Anxious People
Music and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
Another one from the early years, around 1978, when I learned a
bitter lesson about political expediency, the betrayal inherent in
situational ethics, and the mind-jarring disappointment when
people you hoped were better than that get down in the gutter
with those you've both been fighting against.

Trouble in Your Look
Music and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
Another one from the early years, I wrote this one while sitting
in the guard shack at Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood on a lazy summer Sunday evening,
after overhearing a quarrel by a famous couple (who will remain nameless.)

No Amount of Lovin' (Is Too Much)
Music and lyrics by Donna J. Wade
What can I say...I was in love, and I didn't care who knew it.
 

Download a zip file of the full collection in mp3 format here

Download a zip file of the full collection in ogg format here (for burning an audio cd)



 



 

Donna J. Wade
Freelance Commercial Writer
Graphic Designer / Print Media Consultant

Phone: (909) 338-9778
Email: donnajwade@gmail.com

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