Everything you'd want or need to know about me is buried in the songs; the ups and downs of my journey contained in the music. I called it 'Hooked'. When I was younger, I was accused of being stubborn, feisty, resolute in what I believed I was sincerely doing. At the center of it, I was a good cover singer. (even Shania came to watch what I was up to in Northern Ontario) Learning from the best songs we all knew and loved, my commitment to live gigs was proven night after night, as I strove to be worthy of my audience, to my band. The offers came, and then went, as I wouldn't give up the band for the solo career; what you'd call today's 'female singer'. I knew I could write, but I didn't have anything new to say, and my torment carried me into arranging and coaching, through the years of cultural change to the present; where airbrushing, auto tuning & marketing rule the day. My inner fire diminishing; but somehow, against the odds, the spark has crackled back to life. Suffice to say, I threw my savings down; damn my middle age.
below: donna & bruce cockburn manta studio 1984
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