Donna Colton with Loren Barrigar
01/15/13
Hoagy Carmichael

Story

Sam and I took advantage of a break that Loren Barrigar had in January of 2013.  Mark Mazengarb, Loren's guitar duo partner was home in New Zealand for a month or so, so we got him in to Subcat Studios for one session.  We ended up recording a couple of songs that I'd always wanted to sing and have someone who knew their way around the fretboard play.  Loren easily learned these songs on the fly and expertly followed my free form tempo and phrasing.  Sam engineered and mixed these quickly and when we listened to them again, we just liked the live feel of the tracks, so here is the first one for your sonic pleasure.

Donna Colton
Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli

Story

We got a note from Mark Bialczak, Music Writer for the Syracuse Post Standard asking if we had an original song that could be used to express Best Wishes to the 2012 Graduates.  Or, perhaps we might consider writing something for the occasion...

After some thinking and finding out the time frame it needed to be done in we decided to try to write something.  We're not used to working on a deadline (like Mark does every day) but it pushed us to get it done or get caught with our pants down.  We tried to think of songs that we knew that were written with school in mind. 

School's Out For Summer, Alice Kooper; Graduation Day, Beach Boys;  No Such Thing as the Real World, John Mayer; What a Wonderful World This Would Be, James Taylor and JD Souther; Kodachrome, Paul Simon.  Not all positive sentiments, to be sure, but those were our references and you always try to steal from the best.  

It's always so much easier to write a heartbreak song, but we focused and mused and came up with a chorus.  Wrote the story around that and voila!  Sounds easy when you try to explain it like this.  It doesn't show all of the sweat and practice, listening, writing and re-writing that goes in to this whole process. Kind of like going through twelve years of school, huh? 

Lyrics

Ready for the World Wide

You’ve got a lot to learn is what you said to me
So, let’s get started; make some history
Pages turning, young and churning curiosity
Sparking all the life you saw in me

Chorus

When it comes down to it,  I’m gonna miss you
When it comes down to it,  I won’t forget you
We’ve been through it came out on the other side
Wide-eyed,   Sanctified
Ready for the world wide

So many years I sat cross legged at your feet
Practiced everything you had to preach
Lessons learning, bridges burning
Singing all the rhymes
Now my confirmation is complete

Bridge:
    The best ones show you where to look
    And never tell you what to see

Donna Colton
Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli

Lyrics

You wouldn’t piss on me if I was on fire
You’d roast a wiener as you watch me expire
‘Cause you’re mean and evil
Evil and mean
You know my sanity just hangs by a thread
You stomp my fingers as I cling to the ledge
'Cause you’re mean and evil
Evil and mean
You tear my heart out
You’re just evil and mean

I could be lying bloody crying for help
You’d salt the wound and say’ “Now there, does that help?”
‘Cause you’re mean and evil
 Evil and mean
You’ve got the scent and now you’re going for blood
You say you act like this ‘cause you were unloved
But you’re just mean and evil,  Evil and mean
It is no secret you’re just evil and mean

You’ve got no conscience
You’ve got no heart
I pour my heart out and you rip it apart
You fan the fire
You stoke the blaze
You poke the blisters because you are depraved

You suck the drama out of every last bone
Then run your tongue across a sharpening stone
Because you’re mean and evil
Evil and mean
Got all the answers think that you can be saved
Your soul is rotting in a too shallow grave
Because you’re mean and evil
Evil and mean
You tear my heart out
You’re just evil and mean
You are pure evil
It is no secret
You're just evil and mean

Tryst

by Donna Colton And The Troublemakers

Released 2007
Red Lips Records
Released 2007
Red Lips Records
Acoustic rock-edged folk with a touch of bluesy twang. Colton can belt out a song with passionate grit and in the next breath, croon to make you cry.
NOTES
Donna Colton and the TroubleMakers are based in upstate NY. We will fill in more info later. You can also visit us at http://www.donnacolton.com .

Fatal Love

by Donna Colton

Released 2000
Red Lip Records
Released 2000
Red Lip Records
Red Lips, Low-cut, High Heeled Music to be enjoyed with expensive adult beverages.
NOTES
The group configuration includes Donna Colton on acoustic guitar and vocals with duo partner, Sam Patterelli, playing bass, electric and baritone guitars and singing back-up vocals. Performing together since 1999 all players are based in the CNY area. The duo or trio is billed as Donna Colton +1 or +2 (say, plus two) depending on whether we use a drummer or percussionist. Our style fits the Modern Adult Contemporary category with a bit of acoustic R&B. We've …
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Donna Colton Christmas

by Donna Colton

Released 2004
Red Lip Records
Released 2004
Red Lip Records
Acoustic, Pop/Folk, Blues bent with a twist of jazz; low and throaty female vocal stylings; think Melissa Etheridge singing Sade.
NOTES
Christmas Present from Donna Colton The Post Standard - Stars Magazine Sunday, December 12, 2004 Mark Bialczak - Music Critic The pure voice of Central New York singer Donna Colton, matched with 10 great holiday songs, makes a great Christmas present. Colton's rich vocals warma room, setting the mood perfectly for a crackling fire and reflection time about the graces of life. An all-star band of Colton's usual performing partner Sam Patterelli on bass, bouzouki and guitar; versitale …
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