Cal Donnolley | Waiting for The Thunder

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Waiting for The Thunder

by Cal Donnolley

Folk Rock and Pop music that pops and rocks with a dash of Jazz, Blues, Reggae and Rockabilly added for flavor. All lyrics included.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. One by One
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2. Any Other Day
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2:43 album only
3. Ah-ha Oh-yeah
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3:57 album only
4. Million Dollar Smile
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1:32 album only
5. Ring My Bell
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1:52 album only
6. One Step Closer
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3:16 album only
7. Strasburg Blues
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8. What About Me?
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9. Turpentine
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10. Fixin' a Flat
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11. The End
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12. Waiting for The Thunder
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Album Notes
Music can't get enough of me!
I've tried to ignore music. Sometimes successfully. For a while, that is. However, despite all the periodic attempts to lose myself in other concerns, music always seems to find me. When it does, nothing else matters much. Once I got hooked on songwriting there was no turning back. So I might as well let y'all hear some of those songs. That's why I'm here.

My life began sometime in the 60's when one afternoon an older kid in the neighborhood asked me if I liked the Beatles. I didn't know what he was talking about. Half an hour later I did. The Beatles changed me forever.

The Lost Years
Through years of dinking around playing guitar and singing with friends and listening to popular tunes, music still wasn't really something I did but, rather, something I simply consumed, along with alcohol and other stuff. Then, along came Punk Rock and it was OK for moderately talented folks like myself to play music.

Later on, while I was in College, my friend Jim played a 4-track home recorded version of Simon&Garfunkel's "Cecilia" for me with completely different words and re-titled "Sensamelia." Although I had occasionaly composed pretty melodies on the piano, I had not actually written any songs.

Looking for a song
Jim's tune inspired me to start putting words to my melodies. So I began writing songs. I got myself a Tascam 4-Track and a keyboard with cheap voices plus a tinny drum sound and started composing reggae tunes, psychedelic stuff and love songs. I was overly optimistic and, of course, Jim thought I was a genius so I sent a bunch of tunes out to some music publishers. My songs didn't elicit any great response and I got busy doing other things after College. I still kept writing without ambition. My songwriting was slowly getting better, more natural.

Coming Home
At some point I figured the only way to really know if my songs were any good would be to play them for strangers and watch the response. I began to perform my songs at a "songwriters open mic" and get feedback on my work from other writers and their friends. From there I went on to hosting various open mikes in bars and cafes and later to play gigs with different people. I also got a couple of my songs on a compilation CD with various artists. I haven't made much money from songwriting, performing and recording but it's been lots of fun, especially being a songwriter. And as long as it's fun, I'll keep doing it.


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James G. Billington

He makes you think and tickles your ears
In the Seattle area this CD has been eagerly anticipated, his voice is reminicent of James Taylors but this CD reaches down and touches something real. It maybe called Pop music with an edge or roots music with a melody. There is a raw and easily identifyable realness to the music. No review can do justice. Let your ears decide. Lyrically your life is engaged as with the music of John Denver, melodically my heart is moved, so is my pocket book, I am buying 2 copies

Lisa Theriault

A beautiful voice and songs that are sweet and heartful.
My first impression is that this CD is wonderful. It's
just nice on the ears. Cal has the most beautiful voice - like warm brandy. The songs are pretty simple and, I guess,
conventional in structure and subject, but they're sweet and heartful - maybe a little sad and lonely or "dreamy."
I only wish some of the songs had more of a "groove" going. Overall, this music has that James Taylor, and in some places even John Lennon, feel to it - and who doesn't like that?

VICTORY REVIEW - November 2002

A nice companion for a rainy afternoon.

"You just get things done, one by one/ Keep doing it day after day/ And once you get things done/ One by one, you can put all your troubles away." This isn't the most challenging philosophy ever translated into song, yet there is a kicked-back sort of charm to it, maybe a Chuck Pyle meets Jimmy Buffett sort of thing. Donnolley's sources are all over the map, though.

A familiar little jazz riff in "Any Other Day"; a familiar country wail in "Ah-ha! Oh yeah!"; some Johnny Horton in "Million Dollar Smile"; countrified Chuck Barry in "Ring My Bell"; Levon Helm in "One Step Closer"; kind of a "Boney Maroney" vibe in Turpentine"; the mildly Beatlesque/Mac Davis groove of "The End"; and so it goes through the remaining tracks. But rather than feeling put off by the familiarity of the songs, the listener is given a bounty of welcome references, all treated with casual but loving respect.

Donnolley doesn't knock us out of our seats with his voice or playing. There are no pretensions here. His liner notes say, for example, "Recorded 2001 and 2002 at various locations. Engineered and mixed by everybody. Produced by no one in particular." Not an outrageously serious effort, the CD nonetheless makes a nice companion for a rainy afternoon. Somehow, though, I end up wanting just a bit more - which is to say that there is potential here that hasn't yet been realized.
[Bill Fisher] _______________________________________________________________________