HAÞUWALDA

RELEASE DATE:JULY 22, 2019
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.”

A second of Edmund Fairfax’s Medievalesque Gothic-language songs for the projected CD album The Songs of Gothia, to wit, “Haþuwalda”. This piece deals with the historical figure “Catualda” (the Latinized form) mentioned in Tacitus’s Annales for the year 18 AD, an exile driven off by the Marcomannic king Maroboduus.

This song is Haþuwalda’s lament, uttered in his flight from Maroboduus, but also a vow to return with a vengeance.

BARIS STANDIÞ

RELEASE DATE:AUGUST 16 2017
RECORD LABEL:EDMUND FAIRFAX
LYRICS / MUSIC:EDMUND FAIRFAX
ARRANGEMENT:EDMUND FAIRFAX

“Baris Standiþ” (‘The Barley Stands’) is a Gothic-language song written by Edmund Fairfax (www.edmundfairfax.com). The piece figures in his literary novel The Dwarf’s Head, a work in progress, which deals with the life of the fourth-century Gothic king Ermanaric. In the novel, the song is a kind of lullaby, meant to help the king overcome worry and sleeplessness when things begin to fall apart. This is a two-part a cappella arrangement (3:28). A choir-effect was created by superimposing multiple tracks of Donna Greenberg singing both parts.

Baris

LOVE SONGS OF JAMES JOYCE

RELEASE DATE:MARCH 1, 2017
RECORD LABEL:DONNA GREENBERG
LYRICS/MUSIC:JAMES JOYCE/DONNA GREENBERG
ARRANGEMENT:MARK KIESWETTER

Love Songs of James Joyce is a “song cycle” set to poems from Chamber Music (1907), an early poetry collection by the famous Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941). In imitation of the song cycle properly belonging to classical music, as practiced by the likes of Schubert, Schumann, or Mahler, this cycle was created by carefully selecting thirteen otherwise unrelated poems from this collection and combining them so as to form a coherent whole that loosely tells a story, in this case, a story of unrequited love, with original music composed by Donna Greenberg and arranged by pianist/arranger extraordinaire Mark Kieswetter.

The music of this cycle is in the style of jazz but with a Celtic twist and a pinch of classical! And both the melody and arrangement of each song attempt to stay true to the sentiments and imagery of Joyce’s poems, each performed to varying combinations of instruments, which capture the lover’s changing moods.

The songs are performed by some of Canada’s finest musicians: Mark Kieswetter on piano, keys, percussion, and celeste; Jordan O’Connor on bass; Drew Jurecka on violin and clarinet; Melissa Scott on oboe; Kiki Misumi on cello; Tom Skublics on flute and tin whistle; Sharlene Wallace on harp; all supporting the vocals by Donna Greenberg.

The opening song, “Strings in the Earth and Air”, sets the mood and introduces the character of Love itself, whose voluptuousness is shown in the rich accompaniment.

In “The Twilight”, we experience the mystery and joy of the lover’s first glimpse of his beloved.

The whole world seems to be at one, poised for this love affair to begin in “At That Hour”.

With “Lean Out of the Window”, we see the lover himself, dreamy and romantic, contemplating the tale of Rapunzel, he too hoping that the object of his own love will reach out to him.

The full splendor of the beloved is celebrated in “My Love is in a Light Attire”.

The light-hearted “Winds of May” gently mocks the lover’s frustration in being separated from his love.

“My Dove” is an exultation of the many shades of his passion, set to flute, piano, and cello.

“O Cool”, perhaps the closest to traditional jazz in style, evokes the lover’s sensuality through the interplay of the sultry clarinet and the piano supported by bass.

The climax and the fulfillment of their love is portrayed in “In the Dark Pinewood”.

But their relationship starts to crumble in “Dear Heart”, and the lover struggles to make sense of it all. While he laments, we hear, in the background, the knocking of Fate.

In “Rain Has Fallen”, the plaintive oboe expresses the anguish of the heart-broken lover, who tries to revive the affair.

In “Sleep Now”, the insomniac lover struggles in vain to free himself from the bitterness of betrayal. The sullen accompaniment is at odds with the sweetly lulling voice.

In “All Day”, the final song, the sparse accompaniment paints the desolation of the lover, now alone and forgotten.

STUCK ON YOU

RELEASE DATE:FEBRUARY 15, 2017
RECORD LABEL:DONNA GREENBERG
LYRICS/MUSIC:DONNA GREENBERG/JORDAN KLAPMAN
ARRANGEMENT:MARK KIESWETTER

Donna Greenberg, the Toronto-based singer, songwriter, and lyricist, is celebrating the release of Stuck on You, her fifth CD since 2009 and her first all-jazz album. Featured are nine songs that follow the winding path to and from love, by turns sorrowful, joyful, and ironic.

Arranged for jazz trio by pianist/arranger extraordinaire Mark Kieswetter, these pieces are performed by Mark himself on piano, Jordan O’Connor on bass, and Ben Riley on drums.

Four of the songs are debuts: the sassy and flirtatious “Don’t Try to Change My Mind,” the sultry bossa nova “Meu Amor” sung in Brazilian Portuguese, the optimistic jazz waltz “There Will Always Be Spring.” and torchy “Go Your Way,” inspired by the Elena Ferrante story.

The other five songs are new renditions of earlier work: “You’re My Summer Peach,” “Why Can’t I Say Good-bye?,” “Dance the Night Away,” “I Kiss Your Open Mouth,” and “Reflections.”

This is music that will stick with you.

Meu Amor Lyrics

English translation:
Meu amor,
The sands are shifting
beneath our feet.
The tides are turning,
yet, here we stand,
hand-in-hand,
together
on the shores of life

Meu amor,
The stars are sparkling
high in the sky,
The earth is yearning,
yet, here we stand,
hand-in-hand,
together
on the shores of life

Nothing can take away
this magic moment.
Nothing can change the way
we are today.
Loving you
brings me closer to
everything I see,
everything I do,
loving you

You’re My Summer Peach Lyrics

You’re my summer peach
You’re my golden autumn leaf
You just gleam all wintery white
How I long to hold you tight!
Your eyes of spring green
Could melt the chill off anything
You’re so fine any time of the year
I adore you, I do, my dear.
Don’t deny it
You’ve got what it takes
Don’t you hide it
Every single season
You’re just great!

Why Can’t I Say Good-bye? Lyrics

Why can’t I say good-bye?
Why can’t I find the words?
What is the reason when
There is no reason to stay?
Why can’t I walk away?
Why can I not close the door?
When it’s so clear that
You betrayed my trust –
What is your hold on me?
You shared your love with another
But then you run back to me
Knowing full well
I’ll forgive and forget
But not without regret
Why can’t I say good-bye?
Why can I not close the door?
When it’s so clear that
You betrayed my love,
What is your hold on me?
Lyrics by Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

There Will Always Be Spring Lyrics

There will always be spring,
No matter how harsh
The winter has been.
Birds will return and
Buds will grow into blooms.

There will always be hope,
No matter how long
You've had to cope.
Always a chance that
Something new's bound to come.

I heard the birds singing this morning,
Just as the warmth burst through.
The sky was so bright,
It brought back the light,
For me, and for you.

There will always be love,
Always someone you're dreaming of.
Always a chance that
Someone new will appear.
No matter how lost,
And lonely you've been,
There's always a gleam in the night.
And though it isn't in sight,
There will always be love,
There will always be hope,
There will always be spring.

Go Your Way Lyrics

Don't explain,
What you can't explain.
There are no words left to say.
That once-upon-a-dream has faded,
Faded away!

Don't pretend,
What you can't pretend.
Your love is gone, please don't deny it.
This is the end,
The time has come.
At last, I have decided.

Go your way and don't look back!
It doesn't matter anymore.
We both know, what we know,
So go, go!

Please don't say,
What we both can't say.
Let this end in silence.
I loved you once,
But now our dream has faded,
Faded away.

Dance the Night Away Lyrics

When the band starts playin’
I just can’t stop swayin’
‘Cause I’ve just gotta dance
And dance the night away with you.
It’s intoxicating
Just anticipating
My big chance
Just to dance with you
To rendezvous
And dance all night with you.
Come on and hold me in your arms
Sweep me ‘cross the floor
This is all that I’ve been longing for
Samba, rhumba, tango, merengue,
Cha-cha, salsa - very tangy!
Once we’re on the floor
We’ll dance and dance some more
When the band starts playin’
I just can’t stop swayin’
‘Cause I’ve just gotta dance all night
To dance the night away with you
I’ve just gotta dance
I’ve just gotta dance
Dance the night away with you.
Dance all night with you.
Lyrics: Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

I Kiss Your Open Mouth Lyrics

I kiss your open mouth
And it makes me drunker than wine
And I feel there will be no end
To our love
I kiss your open mouth
And it tastes much sweeter than wine
And I hope ours is a story of love
Eternally
Oh my passion, as
Wild and strong as a tiger, as
Constant as the river that
Flows in the moonlight
Oh this yearning, as
Deep and free as the river
Seems like I can never ever
Have enough of you.
Lyrics: Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

Reflections Lyrics

I see your image in my mirror
But when I turn around, you’re gone
Those altitudes you took me to
Just made it harder when I hit the ground
Leave me, leave me
Let me free my mind
Climb back in your boat and sail
Far away to new horizons
Places I don’t want to find
You hide and seek in ev’ry shadow
You disappear down the rabbit hole
Those other routes I tried to go
They haven’t lightened that heavy toll.
Leave me, leave me
I must free my mind
Climb back in your boat and sail
Disappear now and forever
Somewhere I will never find
Those memories still seem to haunt me
No matter what, I can’t let go,
They pull at me; they won’t release me
I can’t accept the truth I know.
I must leave you
I need peace of mind
From this prison I must run
Break the chains that scar and bruise me
Free my heart, I am resigned.
Lyrics: Donna Greenberg & Jordan Klapman

Don’t Try to Change My Mind Lyrics

Don’t try to change my mind
It won’t work
Not a bit!
Don’t tell me
Love is blind
Can’t you see?
We’re a perfect fit!
Don’t try to fight or preach
In this matter
I am out of reach
Don’t you give me no speech
I won’t give up
I’ll never quit.

It’s your doing
You know why,
You hold the key
To make me fly!
You want to convince me that
We’re all wrong
But I know better
Our love is strong!

Don’t try to reason with me
I can’t be helped
Not a bit!
Don’t try to change my mind
I’m stuck on you
And that is that!

SONG IN THE WIND

RELEASE DATE:OCTOBER 1, 2012

Toronto vocalist/ songwriter/ lyricist Donna Greenberg presents Song in the Wind, her second album of originals and the Canadian singer’s third album since 2009.   In collaboration with pianist/producer Jordan Klapman and an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest musicians including Ross MacIntyre, bass, Glenn Anderson, drum kit, percussion, Joaquin Hidalgo, Latin percussion, Kevin Laliberte, nylon string guitar, Tony Quarringto, nylon string guitar, guitar, Tom Skublics, tenor sax, baritone sax, clarinet, flute, Drew Jurecka, violin, viola, clarinet, Rob Somerville, trombone & American Jon Seiger, trumpet.

Song in the Wind is passionate, soulful, romantic – Greenberg’s newest songs of life, love, joy and sorrow. Donna offers her listeners maturity and depth with lyrics that speak to anyone and everyone. The songs are definitely eclectic: jazz, Latin, swing, ballads, and romantic duets (featuring Canadian singer Warren James in “Garden at Midnight” and Brazilian singer, Marcelo Neves in the title track, “Song in the Wind”). The lyrics are multilingual with texts in Spanish, French, Brazilian, Portuguese, Italian, as well as English.

Song In The Wind (A Canção No Vento) Lyrics

Like the song in the wind,
Drifting down from the mountain.
Like the ebb and the flow,
Of the waves of the sea.
Like the moon and the stars,
Shifting indigo heaven.
Like the blazing hot sun,
As the day hits its height.

After the shadows pass,
After the storm is spent,
I will return.
You will be there.
And the oceans of time,
Like the song in the wind,
Will ebb and flow again.

Como a música ao vento
Deslizando lá de montanha
Como o fluxo e o refluxo
Dessas ondas do mar
Como a lua e as estrelas
Intocáveis no indigo azul do céu
Como o sol que aquece
E esquenta ao meio-dia
Depois que as sombras forem
E a tempestade despersar
Eu voltarei, e vocé là estarà
E os mares do tempo
Como a cançào do vento
Farão fluir novamente

Lyrics: Donna Greenberg
Translation: Kevin Jones and Luanda Jones

Spring Must Be Coming Lyrics

Spring must be coming
This morning I heard
The strong mating call
Of a sweet, sweet, little bird
Over and over
She sent out her call
Well, ain’t that the same,
The same for us all?

So send your pretty message out
Send it loud and clear
Send your springtime message out
There’s someone waiting to hear it.
Let your voice ring out
And sing your mating song
Love, love, love is in the air!
So don’t you wait too long!

Cé Stato un Tempo (There Was A Time) Lyrics

C’è stato un tempo
il mio cuore batteva per te
C’è stato un tempo
Dividevamo tutto sempre
Brividi d’amor
I nostri segreti
I baci nascosti
Eri sempre con me
E molto altro
Altro ancora

C’è stato un tempo
T’appartenava il mio cuore
C’è stato un tempo
i sogni miei erano I toi
Ma desso non piu
Niente piu
Quest ora so
Quel tempo li
Lo vedo ora nulla come prima
Come prima

C’è stato un tempo
il mio cuore cantava per te
C’è stato un tempo
Dividevamo tutto sempre
Brividi d’amor
I nostri segreti
I baci nascosti
Eri sempre con me
E molto altro
Altro ancora

C’era un tempo
giovane era
il nostro amor
Il tempo vola
come il sogni miei

La pena nel cuor
Non contava piu
tutti i piani
Svaniti nel nulla
il tempo cambia ogni cosa e
Cambia te

Lyrics: Donna Greenberg
Translation: Jacopo Tome

Stranger Lyrics

Stranger, arranger,
I sensed danger
When you arrived.
Smiler, beguiler,
I was on fire,
When I looked into your eyes.
Feelings of passion,
Pleasure and pain,
Excite and confuse me,
You drive me insane.

Delighter, inviter
How can I fight all
I feel inside?
Persister, insister,
How can I resist
When it’s you I so desire?
Feelings of passion,
Pleasure and pain,
Excite and confuse me,
You drive me insane.

Dreamer, concealer,
Will you reveal
All that’s in your mind?
Dancer, romancer
Are you the answer?
Will you soon be mine?
Feelings of passion,
Pleasure and pain,
Excite and confuse me,
You drive me insane.

Garden At Midnight Lyrics

Come with me,
To the garden at midnight
Sweet-scented promises perfume the air -
The mystery and the magic!

Roses & the stars
Whispering in our ears
Come with me
There you’ll feel
The warmth of my heart &
The breath of my soul!

Oh when you’re near to me,
My darling,
Oh the mystery of our love!

Hold me close
In our garden at midnight where
Ev’ry moment’s an eternity
The ecstasy and the madness!

A dream that now is real
It’s you - it’s you I feel!
Stay with me
‘Neath the trees
The rose-scented air and
The moon in your hair
Oh when you’re near to me,
My darling,
Oh the ecstasy of our love!

Cantemos a la Luna (Let’s Sing To The Moon) Lyrics

Abre tu corazón
Abre tu mente
Abre tus ojos
Mira muy dentro
Mira dónde estás
Dónde’has estado
Eres el único
Que lo comprende
Estoy en un sueño
Estoy en un trance
Siempre que’estás conmigo
Hay amor,
Romance.
Estoy a tu lado
Estoy en tus brazos
Cantemos a la luna
Bailemos por el sol

Sigue tus suenos
Sigue la ola
Abre tu corazón
Dejate llevar
Sigue tu passion
Sigue tu illusion
Eres el único
Que lo comprende
Estoy en un sueño
Estoy en un trance
Siempre que’estás conmigo
Hay amor,
Romance.
Estoy a tu lado
Estoy en tus brazos
Cantemos a la luna
Bailemos por el sol

Quiero tu amor
Y tus a brazos
Eres el único
Te quiero tanto
Siento tu alma
Eres el único
Veo en tus ojos
Amor ha llegado
Estoy en un sueño
Estoy en un trance
Siempre que’estás conmigo
Hay amor,
Romance.
Estoy a tu lado
Estoy en tus brazos
Cantemos a la luna
Bailemos por el sol
Cantemos a la luna
Bailemos por el sol
Cantemos a la luna
El amor ha llegado

Lyrics: Donna Greenberg
Translation: Vanessa Cuervo/Alejandro Elorriaga

Vouloir Quitter Son Île (Living On The Outside) Lyrics

Vouloir quitter son île
Pas si facile
Comment sortir du labyrinthe
Des « qui-suis-je? » ,des « là-bas »
Et du vide inconnu

L’autre rive, le bonheur
Sans soucis et sans peur
Mais moi j’en doute
Perdu(e) sur cette route

L’amour n’existe plus
Quand la famine s’installe
Dans une lutte inégale
Et ce nulle part
Est quelque part…

L’autre rive, c’est la chance
La corne d’abondance
Mais moi jamais
Triste et malaimée

La vie toujours la même
Y-at-il un autre eden?
Tragédie, comédie
Tout ça c’est pareil
La reponse à ceci ?
À ce jeu on essaye
Il faut percer le secret
Peut-être sans succès…
Vouloir quitter son île
Pas si facile
Comment sortir du labyrinthe
Des « qui-suis-je? », des « là-bas »
Et du vide inconnu
L’autre rive, le bonheur
Sans soucis et sans peur
Mais moi jamais
Perdu(e) sur cette route

Lyrics: Donna Greenberg
Translation: Jacques Lorioz

Ridin’ On High Lyrics

The day is bold and bright
I’m off to ride my bike
Pegasus has nothin’ on me
I’m feelin’ so fast and light.

The wind that rushes through my hair
Carries me along
I’m on a magic carpet ride
Soarin’ high and strong

Though I may never be
A breeze or flyin’ steed
Or somethin’ out of mythology
I know what can set me free!

There’s nothin’ quite like ridin’ my bike
Flyin’ so high on earth not the sky
Straight into the blue
And straight into the new

‘Cause I just wanna ride on
Ride on high
Ridin’ on high all day!
Ridin’ on high my way!

Noche en el Paraiso Lyrics

La clara aurora
El paraiso
El color
La vida
Se adentran en mi
Boracha de viento en la vejetacion
Amarte es un modo de ser

Me mirare en tus ojos
En mi todo se derrama
Piel con piel
Boca con boca
El perfume de las lluvias
Esta noche
Siento tu voz
En mi todo se derrama

The clear aurora
Paradise
The colour
The life
Take hold in me
Drunk on wind and greenery
Loving you is a way of being

I will look into your eyes
Everything has overflowed
Mouth to mouth
Skin against skin
The perfume of rain
Tonight
I feel your voice
Everything has overflowed

Lyrics: Donna Greenberg
Translation: Donna Greenberg with Vincent Moneva

Periwinkle Blue Lyrics

Periwinkle blue is your favourite flower
Every year you wait for their blue to break through
Winter’s come & gone & the freeze is over.
But you’re expecting that they’re going to come back to you.

I prefer my flowers, tall & more cheerful
Yellow, red & fuchsia, optimistic & bright!
Roses, gladiolas, and rhododendrons
Variety is what I crave in colour & height

Periwinkle blue just doesn’t endure
It isn’t exotic- it’s lost its allure!
Always small and fickle, moody and blue
D’ya know why I loathe it?
It reminds me of you

I want diff’rent blossoms right through the season
I’m planting my new garden, just as I like
I don’t want your flowers, they make me tearful
So keep your periwinkle blues right out of my sight.

Your Periwinkle blues I will not endure
They're just too neurotic, too dark and obscure
Living with you in the shade and the weeds
It’s not about growing, it’s all about needs – Yours!

I want diff’rent flowers now and forever
I’m planting for MY future, just what I like
Pull out all your flowers, this is MY BED now
So grab your rake – you dirty louse
& Take a hike!
Remove your gard’ning tools – you jerk
& Take a hike!
Go grab your stinking gard’ning gloves
& Take a hike!
Right off a cliff!

There Was A Time (C’e Stato un Tempo) Lyrics

There was a time
When my heart beat only for you
There was a time
When all I wanted you wanted too.

The thrill of the new
Those secrets we shared
The kiss on the cheek
Just because you were there
And so much more, so much more

There was a time
When my heart smiled only for you
There was a time
When I thought all my dreams would come true

But that was a time, so long ago
That was the time I didn’t know
There could be any other kind of time
At all.

There was a time
When my heart sang only for you
There was a time
When all I wanted you wanted too.

The thrill of the new
Those secrets we shared
The kiss on the cheek
Just because you were there
And so much more, so much more

There was a time
When our love was starry and new
Time slips away
And in the end
Those feelings did too –
The futures we dreamed
Plans that we shared
It broke my heart
You no longer cared
Time changes everything
It’s true. It changed you.

Let’s Sing To The Moon (Cantemos a la Luna) Lyrics

Open your heart
Open your mind
Open your eyes
Look deep inside
See where you
See where you’ve been
You are the one
Who knows what it means
I am in a dream
I am in a trance
Whenever you are with me
There is love
There’s romance
I am by your side
I am in your arms
Let’s sing to the moon
Let’s dance for the sun.

Follow your dreams
Follow the flow
Open your heart
Just let yourself go
Let yourself feel
Let yourself dream
You are the one
Who knows what I mean
I am in a dream
I am in a trance
Whenever you are with me
There is love
There’s romance
I am by your side
I am in your arms
Let’s sing to the moon
Let’s dance for the sun.

I need your love
I need your touch
You are the one
I love so much.
I feel your heart
You are the one
I see it in your eyes
Love it has come

I am in a dream
I am in a trance
Whenever you are with me
There is love
There’s romance
I am by your side
I am in your arms
Let’s sing to the moon
Let’s dance for the sun.
Let’s sing to the moon
For love it has come.

Living On The Outside (Vouloir Quitter Son Île) Lyrics

Living on the outside
No easy game
Wandering through the labyrinth of
Who am I?
What’s out there? and
What’s in between?

Everyone seems so happy
Without a care in the world
Not me, I’m lost
Almost invisible

Love’s not that important
When you’ve got nothing to eat
Lost my way down that long road
Now nowhere seems
Somewhere to me

Everyone seems so lucky
Without a loss in the world
Not me, been cross’d
Now I’m just mis’rable

Oh, why can’t life be diff’rent?
Why doesn’t my life change?
Tragedy, comedy
It all seems the same
Oh, what’s the answer?
How to play the game?
Can’t seem to find the secret
This is all that remains

Living on the outside
No easy game
Wandering through the labyrinth of
Who am I?
What’s out there? and
What’s in between?

Everyone seems so happy
Without a care in the world
Not me, I’m lost
Almost invisible

Solitudes Lyrics

(In memory of Cynthia Carol Brown)

Solitudes
We are solitudes
Searching in the night
Searching for the light
And a hand to hold.

Passion driven away
We look for the break of day
We want to walk!
Want to dance!
Want to fly!
But, oh, oh, oh

Solitudes
We are solitudes
Dust among the stars,
Dreams that hover,
Fly away and melt
As we fall into each other’s arms.

But oh, the slow,
The low, low burn
The longing to hold someone
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Solitudes
We are solitudes
Searching in the night
Searching for the light.

STRANGER

RELEASE DATE:SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
SINGER:DONNA GREENBERG
LYRICS/MUSIC:VARIOUS

Donna Greenberg launches her debut CD Stranger backed by Jordan Klapman’s Jazz Band. It features Donna’s gorgeous new latin originals and Klapman’s wonderful arrangements of jazz standards. Originals include the title song “Stranger”: a sultry and passionate tango, “Cantemos a la Luna”: a Latin love song and “Where You Are”: a thoughtful and sad ballad. Beautifully arranged by Klapman, each track offers something fresh and exciting. The band include some of Toronto’s best: Jordan Klapman (piano), Jack Zorawski (bass), Glenn Anderson (drums), Kevin Laliberté (guitar), Igor Babich (tenor saxophone), Rosendo ‘Chendy Leon’ (percussion), and Chris McKhool (six-string violin).

Donna Greenberg is a unique and versatile artist. Her warm, sweet voice, innate musicality, dramatic flair, and sensitivity to lyrics are evident in her lively and heartfelt performances. Whether singing originals or standards, Donna captures the soul of each song. Her deep love of music shines through all that she sings and creates.

A vocalist, songwriter, lyricist -as well as a choreographer, former dancer and dance filmmaker – Donna’s earliest musical influences were jazz, opera, musical theatre, and liturgical music. After graduating in English Literature from University of Toronto, Donna completed extensive studies in voice, piano, harmony, counterpoint, and ear training. She performed numerous solo recitals of classical music including programmes in French, Italian, Spanish, and German as well as including gesture in her Baroque song recitals. She has also composed and wrote the lyrics for a number of vocal and choral compositions.

Her first real foray into jazz was her one woman show A Tribute to Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers, which she sang, danced, and wrote. Her decision to study and perform jazz came when she began coaching sessions with Adi Braun in 2008. Since then, Donna has worked with arranger Jordan Klapman on some of her originals which have been recorded on her debut CD Stranger. She has enjoyed her return to the stage as a jazz vocalist and looks forward to sharing her unique blend of talents with audiences.

Stranger Lyrics

Stranger, arranger,
I sensed danger
When you arrived.
Smiler, beguiler,
I was on fire,
When I looked into your eyes.
Feelings of passion,
Pleasure and pain,
Excite and confuse me,
You drive me insane.

Delighter, inviter
How can I fight all
I feel inside?
Persister, insister,
How can I resist
When it’s you I so desire?
Feelings of passion,
Pleasure and pain,
Excite and confuse me,
You drive me insane.

Dreamer, concealer,
Will you reveal
All that’s in your mind?
Dancer, romancer
Are you the answer?
Will you soon be mine?
Feelings of passion,
Pleasure and pain,
Excite and confuse me,
You drive me insane.

Where You Are Lyrics

Darkness is fading
Light’s moving in
More like a shadow
Pale, so dim
The world’s still asleep
Yet I can’t close my eyes
Sitting here quietly wond’ring
Where you are

Moonlight was lovely
It shone on your hair
Eyes were inviting
But oh, did I dare?
Fingertips trembled
I wanted you so!
Sitting here quietly wond’ring
Where you are

Should I pursue you or just walk away?
What will I lose, what will I gain?
What shall I do with this heart you revive?
Do I need you to survive?
If I pursue you will you walk away?
What will we lose, what we gain?
What will you do with this heart you’ve revived?
Do I need you to survive?

Here at my window, dawn turns to day
Sipping my coffee while night drifts away
The world’s still asleep
Yet I’ve not closed my eyes
Sitting here quietly wond’ring
Where you are

Where You Are Lyrics

Darkness is fading
Light’s moving in
More like a shadow
Pale, so dim
The world’s still asleep
Yet I can’t close my eyes
Sitting here quietly wond’ring
Where you are

Moonlight was lovely
It shone on your hair
Eyes were inviting
But oh, did I dare?
Fingertips trembled
I wanted you so!
Sitting here quietly wond’ring
Where you are

Should I pursue you or just walk away?
What will I lose, what will I gain?
What shall I do with this heart you revive?
Do I need you to survive?
If I pursue you will you walk away?
What will we lose, what we gain?
What will you do with this heart you’ve revived?
Do I need you to survive?

Here at my window, dawn turns to day
Sipping my coffee while night drifts away
The world’s still asleep
Yet I’ve not closed my eyes
Sitting here quietly wond’ring
Where you are

Cantemos a la Luna Lyrics

Abre tu corazón
Abre tu mente
Abre tus ojos
Mira muy dentro
Mira dónde estás
Dónde’ has estado
Eres el único
Que lo comprende

Estoy en un sueño
Estoy en un trance
Siempre que-estás conmigo
Hay amor,
Romance
Estoy a tu lado
Estoy en tus brazos
Cantemos a la luna
Bailemos por el sol

Sigue tus sueños
Sigue la ola
Abre tu corazón
Dejate llevar
Sigue tu passion
Sigue tu illusion
Eres el único
Que lo comprende

Quiero tu amor
Y tus a brazos
Eres el único
Te quiero tanto
Siento tu alma
Eres el único
Veo en tus ojos
El amor ha llegado

Open your heart
Open your mind
Open your eyes
Look deep inside
See where you are
See where you’ve been
You are the one
Who knows what it means
I am in a dream
I am in a trance
Whenever you are with me
There is love
There is romance
I am by your side
I am in your arms

Follow your dreams
Follow the flow
Open your heart
Just let yourself go
Let yourself feel
Let yourself dream
You are the one
Who knows what I mean

I need your love
I need your touch
You are the one
I love so much.
I feel your heart
You are the one
I see it in your eyes
Love it has come.

MAV’RIK

RELEASE DATE:OCTOBER 4, 2011
LYRICS/MUSIC:DONNA GREENBERG AND JORDAN KLAPMAN

Donna Greenberg, the Toronto-based singer, songwriter and lyricist is celebrating the release of Mav’rik, her second CD. Mav’rik is an eclectic mix boasting of 12 original songs composed by the chanteuse herself. Mav’rik showcases Greenberg’s heartfelt, yet powerful lyrics in four languages with haunting melodies, brought to richness with consummate musicians, producer and musical director, Jordan Klapman’s arrangements and the orchestrations of Tony Quarrington.

Mav’rik is romantic and a must on CD players this upcoming Valentine’s night. The CD crosses boundaries by boldly jumping genres — salsa, lullaby, Celtic folk, tango, swing, bossa nova, and more, all in one album. In the tradition of the 20th century popular songwriters, Greenberg the songwriter brings this musical craft full-circle for the new millennium.

This versatile artist disarms you with her warm, soothing voice, innate musicality and a dramatic flair that captures the soul of any lyric — her own and others.

Prior to realizing her dream as a singer/songwriter, Greenberg was an accomplished choreographer, dancer and dance filmmaker. Her early influences included jazz, opera, classical music, musical theatre, and liturgical music. She graduated from The University of Toronto with a BA in English Literature. She continued her education with extensive musical training making her a sought after classical solo artist who performed in five languages, a skillset reflected in Mav’rik.

A Tribute to Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers, was Greenberg’s first foray into jazz, a one-woman show, for which she sang, danced, and wrote. Now, jazz is the mainstay of her live performances. Greenberg has been collaborating with arranger Jordan Klapman since her debut release, Stranger in 2009. Stranger hit the Top 30 chart on CIUT and continues to be played on-air worldwide. Greenberg was named Jazz Vocalist of the Month: October 2010 on Bob Birch Radio in the United Kingdom.

Donna Greenberg’s first love is performing her fresh, original material in addition to introducing audiences to rare and unusual musical finds.

The Language of Love Lyrics

In the sultry hour
Of a rising star
We start to speak
We start to speak
The language of love
In those burning moments
When our dreams fly far
We start to speak
We start to speak
The language of love

Cloudburst wakes our sleeping senses
Restlessly our passions rise
Can’t you feel those flames of love,
When you look into my eyes?
This urgency is surging
As words to phrases grow
Until we’ve told each other
All we need to know.

Cloudburst wakes our sleeping senses
Restlessly our passions rise
Can’t you feel those flames of love,
When you look into my eyes?
This ecstasy of pleasure
This joyfulness of sounds
Our music made together
Spins us ‘round and ‘round.

You’re My Summer Peach Lyrics

You’re my summer peach
You’re my golden autumn leaf
You just gleam all wintery white
How I long to hold you tight!

Your eyes of spring green
Could melt the chill off anything
You’re so fine any time of the year
I adore you, I do, my dear.

Don’t deny it
You’ve got what it takes
Don’t you hide it
Every single season
You’re just great!

Nature’s Glory Lyrics

I long for the peace of the green rolling hills
For the quiet of blue lapping lakes
For the sweet feel of fresh air upon your soft cheek
Oh, the jewels that Nature creates.

Oh, don’t let this die
Let this world pass away -
Such splendour, such beauty
Let them live the greens, blues, and golds
Oh, the palette of Nature’s glory.

I long for the song of the free, roaming birds
For the trickle of cold, melting ice
For the powerful leap of the panther who seeks
Oh the wonder of Nature’s might

Oh, don’t let this die
Let this world pass away -
Such splendour, such beauty.
Let live the sounds- familiar or strange
Oh the music of Nature’s glory.

La niña de rosa Lyrics

Ay, ay ay – la niña de rosa
Ay, ay ay – la niña de rosa
Ay, ay ay, ay, ay ay
Ay, ay ay – la niña de rosa

Ay, ay ay – como me gusta
Ay, ay ay – la niña de rosa
Ay, ay ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay
Te quiero, te quiero, te quiero
Te quiero baila conmigo.

Ay, ay, ay – que bonita!
Ay, ay, ay – la niña de rosa
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay
Te amo, te amo, te amo
Te amo vuela conmigo!

Oh, oh, oh
Girl in pink
I like you
I want you
Dance with me!
How pretty you are!
I love you,
Fly with me!

There Was a Time Lyrics

There was a time
When my heart beat only for you
There was a time
When all I wanted you wanted too.
The thrill of the new
Those secrets we shared
The kiss on the cheek
Just because you were there
And so much more, so much more

There was a time
When my heart smiled only for you
There was a time
When I thought all my dreams would come true
But that was a time, so long ago
That was the time I didn’t know
There could be any other kind of time at all.

There was a time
When my heart sang only for you
There was a time
When all I wanted you wanted too.
The thrill of the new
Those secrets we shared
The kiss on the cheek
Just because you were there
And so much more, so much more

(Verse 2 (lyrics by Tony Quarrington)
There was a time
When our love was starry and new
Time slips away and in the end
Those feelings did too –
The futures we dreamed
Plans that we shared
It broke my heart
You no longer cared
Time changes everything
It’s true – it changed you.

Praise Be Lyrics

Praise be for the gentle rain
Praise be for the storm
Praise be for the light that breaks
Through the darkness of those clouds

The mountains may quake
The earth may shake and
Sometimes I feel so alone
But I carry on, singing my song,
Singing: ‘Praise, praise be for all!’

Praise be for the baby’s cry
Praise be for the old man
Praise be for that still, small voice
That guides me on and on.

The mountains may quake
The earth may shake and
Sometimes I feel so alone
But I carry on, singing my song,
Singing: ‘Praise, praise be for all!’

Old Country Road Lyrics

Well, I’m a’walkin’ down
An old country road
Breeze is dancin’ in my hair
Singin’ a lovely old tune
Feelin’ like I don’t have a care
I saw a bird fly way up to the clouds
Up to the light, bright billowing white
And I said to myself
My, oh, my how he flies
I’m gonna let my dreams reach that height!

‘Cause I’m a’walkin’ down
An old country road
Breeze is dancin’ in my hair
Singin’ a lovely old tune
Feelin’ like I don’t have a care!

My Tearless Grief Lyrics

My tearless grief
My heart awakened too late
So great is the ache
Now you’re gone

You were the only one
Who conquered my heart
But it’s too late,
It’s too late
Now you are gone

No more will we soar
To the heights of love
Heaven’s gates won’t open
No more passion
No more sorrow
The burning fire
Now only ash.

O Amado Coração Lyrics

O amado coração
Amamos, amamos
Pelo ardor estámos unidos
Amo-te tanto meu amor
Quanto você me ama?
Não importa
Creio qui você sente o mesmo
Jamais se esqueça
Te amarei pra sempre
O amado coração

Oh loving heart
We love each other
Our ardor brought us together
I love you so much
How much do you love me?
It doesn’t matter
I believe you feel the same as I do
Never forget!
I will love you forever.

The Springtime of Our Love Lyrics

Walk through the streets in the dark,
Memories still linger there,
Where we used to go
In sun, rain or snow,
In the springtime of our love.

Lilacs are blooming again,
Yet memories still linger
When I see
Where we used to go
In sun, rain or snow,
In the springtime of our love.

Nights of champagne
Laughter and caresses
Dawn’s tender light
Brought us one more
Sparkling day of bliss;
I loved you then
Until the end,
That gray day when
We parted.
Lilacs are blooming again,
Yet memories still linger when,
I see where we used to go
So long ago,
In the springtime of our love.

Many long years passed since the war
Still there was no news of her
He’d sit in the park
‘Til long after dark
As in the springtime of their love
One balmy day she returned
They smiled but could not speak a word
Then they embraced
Sorrow was erased
There, in the springtime of their love

I Just Wanna Cry Lyrics

I just wanna cry,
I feel so blue inside
That I just wanna cry
Sunshine won’t stay
Well it gleams for a while
And then goes on its way
And forgets me
Well the clouds turn to gray and
The rain starts to fall
Wish I could join the rain
Let my tears free

Berceuse Lyrics

Dors, dors, dors bébé dors
Ferme les yeux
Il faut t’endormir
Le jour est fini
Maman est ici
Dors, dors
Dors mon petit chou
Dors, dors, dors bébé dors
Dors, dors, dors bébé dors

Sleep, sleep, sleep baby sleep
Close your eyes now begin to sleep
Day is done, Mama is here
Hush, hush, hush, my little one
Sleep, dream, dream baby dream
Dream, sleep, sleep baby sleep

BURNT …AND TOASTED!

RELEASE DATE:SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
RECORD LABEL:DONNA GREENBERG
DIRECTED BY:VALARY COOK
LYRICS AND MUSIC:DONNA GREENBERG, JORDAN KLAPMAN
VOCALS:DONNA GREENBERG
PIANO:JORDAN KLAPMAN

Music, dance and words come together in Donna Greenberg’s one-woman theatrical about love and love gone wrong. BURNT…and toasted! journeys through the singer/songwriter/choreographer/dancer’s life…a coming out of the ashes with fire and passion to rediscover self-worth. Donna brings to the Fringe stage a riveting story that resonates to the core!

Track 1 – Stranger
Track 2 – Dance the Night Away
Track 3 – I Kiss Your Open Mouth
Track 4 -Lazin’ Around
Track 5 -What To Do?
Track 6 -Jealousy
Track 7 -Caught
Track 8 – Why Can’t I Say Good-bye
Track 9 – Nothing Left to Say
Track 10 – Reflections
Track 11 – Edge of Night
Track 12 – Finale: Dance the Night Away

Stranger Lyrics

Stranger, arranger,
I sensed danger
When you arrived.
Smiler, beguiler,
I was on fire,
When I looked into your eyes.
Delighter, inviter
How can I fight all
I feel inside?
Persister, insister,
How can I resist
When it’s you I so desire?
Feelings of passion,
Pleasure and pain,
Excite and confuse me,
You drive me insane.

Dreamer, concealer,
Will you reveal
All that’s in your mind?
Dancer, romancer
Are you the answer?
Will you soon be mine?

Dance the Night Away Lyrics

When the band starts playin’
I just can’t stop swayin’
‘Cause I’ve just gotta dance
And dance the night away with you.

It’s intoxicating
Just anticipating
My big chance
Just to dance with you
To rendezvous
And dance all night with you.

Come on and hold me in your arms
Sweep me ‘cross the floor
This is all that I’ve been longing for
Samba, rhumba, tango, merengue,
Cha-cha, salsa - very tangy!
Once we’re on the floor
We’ll dance and dance some more

When the band starts playin’
I just can’t stop swayin’
‘Cause I’ve just gotta dance all night
To dance the night away with you

I’ve just gotta dance
I’ve just gotta dance
Dance the night away with you.
Dance all night with you.

Lyrics: Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

I Kiss Your Open Mouth Lyrics

I kiss your open mouth
And it makes me drunker than wine
And I feel there will be no end
To our love

I kiss your open mouth
And it tastes much sweeter than wine
And I hope ours is a story of love
Eternally

Oh my passion, as
Wild and strong as a tiger, as
Constant as the river that
Flows in the moonlight
Oh this yearning, as
Deep and free as the river
Seems like I can never
Have enough of you

Lyrics: Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

Lazin’ Around Lyrics

I wanna laze around all mornin’ long with you, my sugar,
And wanna stroll with you right down the avenue
I wanna watch the sun go down and rise with you, my lover,
‘Cause baby, don’t ya know that
I’m just mad about you

I wanna float among the twinklin’ stars with you, my darlin’,
I wanna sail on clouds above the avenue
I wanna watch the moon rise up and set with you, my honey,
‘Cause honey, doncha know that
I’m just crazy ‘bout you

In fall we’ll watch the colours change
In summer, flowers bloom
In winter when the snowflakes fall
We’ll be cozy in our room.
But spring’s the matin’ season
When the lovin’ starts anew,
So just like those hot, horny birds and the bees
We’ll both know what to do!
I wanna spend my time, my whole life long with you, my sugar,
I wanna build a comfy nest just meant for two,
I wanna paint a picket fence and mow the lawn for you, my darlin’
‘Cause Sugar, doncha know?
Oh Darlin’, doncha know?
Ah Baby, doncha know?
I’m just mad about you.

Lyrics: Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

What To Do? Lyrics

Seems like our romance is fading each day
You’re distant, evasive, so far away
My fingertips tremble,
I still love you so….
Sitting here worried and wond’ring
What to do?

Should I confront you or just keep my peace?
Will our love grow, or will it cease?
What can I do to help our love revive?
Do I need you to survive?
Are your excuses all lies or half-truths?
Do you love me, or someone new?
What can I do to keep our love alive?
Will it ever be revived?
Will it ever be revived?

Lyrics by Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

Jealousy Lyrics

I feel cruel fingers, that clutch at my throat
I hear fi’ry whispers that tear me apart
I try hard to run but the grip is too tight
The pain in my heart is too strong to fight

I’m hearing:
Incessant voices that just persist

I’m seeing:
Nightmarish pictures, I cannot grasp
It’s the history of Jealousy
It makes me gasp
It’s the tyranny of
Jealousy’s stinging asp!

Long after midnight when all are in dreams
Jealousy rises full of new schemes.
It haunts me and taunts me and gives me no peace
Its fatal embrace cannot bring me release

I’m hearing:
Incessant voices that just persist

I’m seeing:
Nightmarish pictures, I cannot grasp
It’s my history of Jealousy
It makes me gasp
It’s the tyranny of
Jealousy’s stinging asp!

Lyrics by Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

Caught Lyrics

“Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?”
Caught, red-handed
Caught with your hand in the cookie jar
Now, you're branded,
A cheater with a sweet tooth is what you are.

Just when you were thinkin’ that no one was lookin’
I caught a whiff ‘cause somethin’ was cookin’
You tried to hide it but the fumes were too strong
Your crummy little cookie helped me catch on!

And you were caught, red-handed
Caught with your hand in the cookie jar
Now, you're branded,
A cheater with a sweet tooth is what you are.

You thought something bite-sized might go undetected, that
All of your snacking would not be suspected
But cookies all crumble, and those crumbs leave a trail
You've been such a pig, and your crumbs tells the tale!

And you were caught!

You wined me and dined me, to keep me deflected,
Ya fed me dessert while you dined undetected, but
Now that you're caught, and the truth can't be skirted,
I'm calling it quits-- so now you're deserted!

You’ve been
Caught, red-handed
Caught with your hand in the cookie jar
Now, you're branded, 'cause
This little cookie knows what you are
Now you're stranded, 'cause
This bigger cookie knows what you are
'Cause this smarter cookie knows
What...You…Are!

Lyrics by Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

Why Can’t I Say Good-bye Lyrics

Why can’t I say good-bye?
Why can’t I find the words?
What is the reason when
There is no reason to stay?
Why can’t I walk away?
Why can I not close the door?
When it’s so clear that
You betrayed my trust –
What is your hold on me?

You shared your love with another
But then you run back to me
Knowing full well
I’ll forgive and forget
But not without regret

Why can’t I say good-bye?
Why can I not close the door?
When it’s so clear that
You betrayed my love,
What is your hold on me?

Lyrics by Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

Nothing Left to Say Lyrics

Yes, there were words never spoken and
Thoughts got lost, feelings fell away
But it all seemed to disappear
And there was nothing
Nothing left to say

Don’t know if words would have mattered
Or made a difference anyway
Had we tried a little harder
But there was nothing
Nothing left to say.

But the sun rose in the morning
And the day, it came and went
We almost reached perfection
But perfection is so hard to invent

And the moon rose in the ev’ning
And the night, it came and went
We almost reached perfection
But perfection is so easily spent.

Lyrics by Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

Reflections Lyrics

I see your image in my mirror
But when I turn around, you’re gone
Those altitudes you took me to
Just made it harder when I hit the ground

Leave me, leave me
Let me free my mind
Climb back in your boat and sail
Far away to new horizons
Places I don’t want to find

You hide and seek in ev’ry shadow
You disappear down the rabbit hole
Those other routes I tried to go
They haven’t lightened that heavy toll.

Leave me, leave me
I must free my mind
Climb back in your boat and sail
Disappear now and forever
Somewhere I will never find

Those memories still seem to haunt me
No matter what, I can’t let go,
They pull at me; they won’t release me
I can’t accept the truth I know.

I must leave you
I need peace of mind
From this prison I must run
Break the chains that scar and bruise me
Free my heart, I am resigned.

By Donna Greenberg & Jordan Klapman

Edge of Night Lyrics

Bold streaks across the sky
Melodies of night
Soft murmurs
Always the stars – shining so bright!
Traces of secret dreams
Longing for the light
New voices
Always the hope – illuminating sight!

Softly it comes
Speaking to me
Promises of something
Never seen
Deep in my heart
There is a spark
Could it be a fresh new start for me?

Bold streaks across the sky
Melodies of night
Soft murmurs
Always the stars – shining so bright!
Shining so bright!

Lyrics by Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman

Finale: Dance the Night Away Lyrics

Now my life is changing
Yes, I’m rearranging and
I just want this chance
To live my life
The way that I want to

It’s intoxicating
Just anticipating
My big chance
Just to start anew
To live my life
The way that I want to.

I’m gonna follow my own star
Make my dreams come true
Now I’m free
To choose just what I do

Romance, passion, maybe someday
Living, dreaming in my new way
Gonna grab this fast!
I’ll live my dreams at last!

Now my life if changing
Yes, I’m rearranging and
I just want to start anew
To live my life
the way I want to.
I just want this chance
To start anew
To live my life
The way that I want to

Lyrics: Donna Greenberg and Jordan Klapman