ALGONQUIN

My latest song is a tribute to both the grandeur of nature found in Algonquin Park, Ontario, and to David ‘Huey’Hayman (1979 – 2020) author of the poem ‘Ode to Algonquin’, written when he a young man working in the park.

Inspired by David’s words, I created the lyrics and Mark Kieswetter composed this rich and beautiful arrangement.

Algonquin Lyrics

The soft silence of the sundown breeze.
The clouds sit somber beyond the distant trees.
Wind sways softly upon my weary head
As the evening glow casts a fiery red.

Algonquin, Algonquin,
Wondrous sight, this wondrous light!
Algonquin, Algonquin,
Where true beauty lies.

I take the time to absorb the night.
To appreciate this wondrous sight.
I sit alone as the day slowly dies
In nature where the true beauty lies.

Algonquin, Algonquin,
Wondrous sight, this wondrous night!
Algonquin, Algonquin,
Where true beauty lies.

COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

The magic of Christmas is captured in this new song. Lyrics and music were composed and are sung by Donna Greenberg, to a fine arrangement by Mark Kieswetter.

LYRICS/MUSIC:DONNA GREENBERG
ARRANGEMENT:MARK KIESWETTER
RELEASE DATE:SEPTEMBER, 13 ,2020

Coming Home for Christmas Lyrics

Snow falling fast
Clinging to the trees
Bringing its silence
On this Christmas Eve.
The night, crisp and cold,
An ebony sky,
No stars to be seen,
But the bright bite of white 
That surrounds me.

All I can think of is
Coming home to you
Your warm  tender passion
sees me through.
Feet start to fly.
Can’t feel the ground.
The beating of my heart -
A solitary sound

I’m coming home to you, my darling,
I’m coming home to you, my love,
I’m coming home to you right now.
On this Christmas night
I bring the light of love
Home to you!
On this Christmas night
I bring the gifts of joy, peace, love,
Home to you!

Snow holding fast
To cars and homes and trees,
Bringing its mystery
On this Christmas eve
The cold, silent calm of 
This snowy, wintry night
Brings me joy!
Brings me delight!
 
I’m coming home to you, my darling,
I’m coming home to you, my love,
I’m coming home to you right now.
On this Christmas night
I bring the light of love,
Home to you!
On this Christmas night
I bring the gifts of peace, joy, love!
Home to you.
Coming home to you.

WITHOUT YOU

A pop torch song written for a young and talented newcomer whose husband abandoned her and her two small children in her new country. Lyrics and music were composed and are sung by Donna Greenberg, to a fine arrangement by Mark Kieswetter.

LYRICS/MUSIC:DONNA GREENBERG
ARRANGEMENT:MARK KIESWETTER
RELEASE DATE:AUGUST 16, 2020

Without You Lyrics

Morning rising,
Sun comes up,
No more crying
It’s bound to be tough.
Tried to find the reasons
Why you’re leaving,
Thinking of the seasons,
All those seasons.

You’ll go your way,
I’ll go mine.
Remember when we started,
It seemed so fine.
Chili-hot ev’nings,
Summer-sweet days,
Laughing or crying,
Caring always.

Chorus:
Feeling down,
Feeling blue,
Feeling lost,
Without you.
Feeling scared,
So unsure
What will I do without you?
Without you.

Morning rising
Like ev’ry other day.
Moon still sinking,
You’ll soon be on your way.
Tough times lie ahead for me,
“Cause we’ll be apart,
One day I’ll stop grieving
But you’re still in my heart.

© 2019. Donna Greenberg, Toronto, ON, Canada

O REST

“O Rest” is a song of mourning and loss, inspired by the sudden passing of a relative. Lyrics and music were composed and are sung by Donna Greenberg, to a fine arrangement by Mark Kieswetter.

RELEASE DATE:AUGUST 3, 2020
RECORD LABEL:DONNA GREENBERG
LYRICS/MUSIC:DONNA GREENBERG
ARRANGEMENT:MARK KIESWETTER

O Rest Lyrics

O rest dear soul
Your journey is over
Rest in peace, dear soul
O sleep, the sleep
That none awaken from
O rest, O sleep, dear soul,
My beloved soul.

O dream the dream
Eternity inspires
O dream that dream, dear soul
Your work lives on in all of those you’ve touched
O dream the dream, dear soul
My beloved soul

The clouds have made way
Now the path is open
Gone the burden of earthly cares away away,
Into infinity

O rest, restless soul,
May peace descend, 
May peace descend
O rest in peace dear soul
My beloved soul.

© 2020, DonnaGreenberg, Toronto, ON, Canada

READY FOR LOVE

An upbeat, soft rock song and great dance tune replete with horns and brass, reminiscent of the late 60’s and early 70’s – optimistic and fun!

RELEASE DATE:OCTOBER 24, 2019
RECORD LABEL:DONNA GREENBERG
LYRICS/MUSIC:DONNA GREENBERG
ARRANGEMENT:MARK KIESWETTER

Ready for Love Lyrics

You came into my life
so unexpectedly,
I didn’t realize
I was ready -
Ready for love!

You came into my heart
In a way I couldn't foresee
I couldn't recognize
I was ready -
Ready for love!

Ready to spread my wings and fly
High in the sky above
Ready to dive into deep waters
Right by your loving side.
Ready to face the joys and the aches
The little heartbreaks
Whatever it takes -
Long as I can be with you!

I need to emphasize
How much you mean to me,
I’ll never compromise.
I’m ready for love.

IT’S LONELY IN A CROWD

A pop song about alienation, loneliness, and the loss of individuality, set against the modern landscape of our lives where urban development, corporate life, cars, and technology have taken over.

RELEASE DATE:SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
RECORD LABEL:DONNA GREENBERG
LYRICS/MUSIC:DONNA GREENBERG
ARRANGEMENTS:MARK KIESWETTER

It’s Lonely in a Crowd Lyrics

It’s lonely in a crowd
Everyone rushing by
In a hurry, full of worry,
or laughter or smiles,
But not for me.

It’s lonely in this town,
No one stops to listen,
All locked inside,
Trying to hide,
Or smile or laugh,
But not for me.

Roar of traffic,
Building smashes,
Crush of trucks,
Those empty urban sounds.
Blind ambition,
Endless wishin’,
Those heartless city sounds,
Sure can bring you down.

It’s lonely on the street,
One day we will meet,
Then you might understand,
How lonely it is in a crowd.

IN THE QUIET OF THE NIGHT

A romantic ballad written in a Latinesque style about a lover contemplating their beloved in solitude, in the peace and quiet of the night.

RELEASE DATE:AUGUST 26, 2019
RECORD LABEL:DONNA GREENBERG
LYRICS/MUSIC:DONNA GREENBERG
ARRANGEMENT:MARK KIESWETTER

In the Quiet of the Night Lyrics

In the quiet of the night
When flames flicker and fade,
Troubles soon slip away.
In the quiet of this peace
Dreams drift and stray.
You enter my heart
And stay.

Silhouettes and shadows,
Dark and light,
Glimpses of the future
Embers of delight.
Hold onto this moment,
Before it steals away.
It will last
In our minds
Long after shadows fade.

In the quiet of the dawn
Life offers its song.
You enter my heart
And stay.

LE PRINTEMPS DE NOS AMOURS

This is a French version of my love song “The Springtime of Our Love,” inspired by Claude Lelouch’s film “Les Miserables” and reminiscent of French popular song from the age of Piaf.

 Listen to it here and savour the bitter-sweet nostalgia.

Music & Original Lyrics: Donna Greenberg

Harmonization/Arrangement: Jordan Klapman

String Arrangement: Tony Quarrington

French Lyrics: Alain Ross

Vocals:Donna Greenberg
Piano:Jordan Klapman
Accordion:Denis Keldie
Guitar:Tony Quarrington
Violin:Aaron Solomon
Drums:Glenn Anderson
Bass:Henry Heilig

Le Printemps de Nos Amours Lyrics

Marchant la nuit dans les rues,
Souvenirs toujours présents,
Où nous allions
Beau temps, mauvais temps,
Au printemps de nos amours.
Les lilas fleurissent encore,
Comme de beaux souvenirs,
Revoir la où nous étions,
Seuls tous les deux,
Au printemps de nos amours.
Soirs de champagne
Joies et caresses,
Lumières de l’aube,
Apporte un nouveau jour de bonheur,
Je t’ai aimais
Jusqu’a ton départ,
Ce jour gris des au revoir,
Les lilas fleurissent encore,
Les souvenirs toujours présents,
Je revois où nous marchions
Il y’a longtemps,
Au printemps de nos amours.
Depuis les années de guerre,
De toi longtemps sans nouvelles,
Assis dans le parc très tard dans la nuit
Au printemps de nos amours.
Un jour tu es revenue,
En souriant et pas plus,
Enlacés et peines effacées là,
Au printemps de nos amours.

FOR YOUR SAKE

This is a song about personal loss,and carrying on one’s life with hope, and strength for the sake of that special person; it is written in a classical style.

RELEASE DATE:MARCH 8, 2019
RECORD LABEL:DONNA GREENBERG
LYRICS/MUSIC:DONNA GREENBERG
ARRANGEMENT:MARK KIESWETTER

For Your Sake Lyrics

For your sake,
I will scale the walls
Of some forgotten fortress,
I will kneel and
Mix my fingers
With the cool, black earth.
Proclaim the sorrow of songbirds
To the iron-grey skies,
And swoop and skim
The frothy laughter of rivers.
Because you cannot
I must.

For your sake,
I will don the armour
And beat the sword
‘Gainst the silent night.
I will listen for its echo
With my pounding heart,
Chase the shadows of moonbeams,
And dance in their light,
Dance in their light.

For you sake,
Let them listen once more,
Oh, that you may rise again
And play
Once more
So beautif’ly
The heavens hear my song.

DRINKAM

RELEASE DATE:FEBRUARY 25, 2020
RECORD LABEL:EDMUND FAIRFAX
LYRICS/MUSIC:EDMUND FAIRFAX
ARRANGEMENT:EDMUND FAIRFAX

Two songs sung in ancient Gothic composed by Edmund Fairfax, to be included in a projected album “The Songs of Gothia.”

Drinkam is a drinking song that is imagined to have been composed in celebration of a fictive victory in 342 AD by a coalition of the eastern Goths under Ermanaricus (Latinized form equivalent to the expected Gothic *Airmanareiks) and the Eruli under Alaricus (Latinized form = *Alareiks) over the forces of the neighbouring Bosporan Kingdom under Tiberius Julius Rhescuporis VI. While no extant textual source mentions any such conflict, archaeological finds suggest at least that Rhescuporis VI’s rule was shocked by a conflict during this time. A falling out occasioned by this victory is imagined to have led in turn to the historically real conflict between *Airmanareiks and *Alareiks, wherein the latter was soundly defeated (Jordanes Getica).

Drinkam Lyrics

Drinkam nu alla, drinkam lustum.
Stikls ist fulls; staþs nu biudiþ.
Laikam jah hlaupam; leikai þeihs.
Singwam jah hlaupam, saurgos letam.

Let us all drink now, drink with pleasure.
The cup is full; the place now offers.
Let us dance and jump; may time please.
Let us sing and laugh and leave off sorrows.