Elva Frye Sessions in The BaRn

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That's Elva Frye rocking a glockenspiel part on a song called 'Kindness' on her new CD 'Five O' clock'.  The month of August we've been pulling crazy hours in The Barn capturing Elva's batch of new songs.  Looking forward to these song making the way home soon.  Approaching the end game of the project some last overdubs and then the mix.  Explored some uncharted territory in the area of production.  We've been trying to keep it a cool old school soul vibe with traces of R&B,  African rhythms and an Orchestral track 'Will You Go'.   Stay tuned for more on Elva's project. dD

summer back in 'The Barn' 8.15.10

After some time in SoCal we are back in full swing at metro and in the barn as well.   Gia Lucid came to record for a week a few tunes  and finishing mixing a few tunes for her EP project.  Last week Elva Fry flew up from SoCal to begin recording a full length CD.  I think the CD will be called  5 o'clock .  It's been sweet having Elva up recording, The kids love having Elva to play with at the dinner breaks and i know Rachel enjoys the fellowship as well. This CD is is kinda a  modern retro soul  sound that is a call to wake up in the days we are living in. To lift our eyes up to the heavens where our help comes from.  After the first week of some really long hours i think this will be a great CD. I've been learning lots of new things daily about how to capture events of time and inspiration all at the same time of moving in a direction toward the goal of a recording that you wanna hear again and again because it has something to say and sounds good and fresh every listen.   Look for 5 O'clock's  release sometime in the winter.Blessingsd

More Spring ...More Love ...More Grace ...More Music.

"Yes today the sun is coming back its spring". We keep saying that then the next day it rains or even snows.  Rachel and I are ready for some sunshine.  I know it's round the bend.  This picture was taken on my new camera on one of the sunny days that came to visit us for a day.I've been working on a new tune in the Barn this week called 'To The Uttermost Part' . "Touch the untouchable, love the unloveable,  pour over the uttermost part. Start in the uttermost part of me."  This season I'm challenged by the love of God more than ever.  It seems like the more I learn of who God is in light of what the bible speaks of love, I see more day after day  i don't have it! Only He has it.   Yet I know from God's Word,  God desires to pour out His spirit upon His kids. To fill us with all we need to not only be comforted but to help us comfort others by sharing the love of Christ  who is our only hope and the only true peace available to man.  The song 'Kiss of Grace' featured on the website here has a line in it "To walk us through fire unburned with no hate, I've been thinking about Love and the kiss of grace."  How deep the Fathers love when we see the wickedness of man and the events happening in the world and I find myself  stirred in rage against the evil and yet the God says " dannyD 'I so loved the world and I gave my only son you whosoever believeth (that's including you d!) in me should not perish but have everlasting life.   More unbelief is revealed in me.Where do i learn this love?  From the one who is LOVE!  Feels like the 1st day of school again today in the school of love.    The song in my head is Kiss of Grace.I love my kids.  I love to kiss my kids even after they do something rebellious.  But even after track em down pick them up,  they still have the choice to  receive my Kiss of Grace.  Me too with my heavenly Dad I have to receive it.  Lessons in humility is what these songs have been for me I guess.   A hunger for that  is what these songs are stirring up in me and it's my prayer for the listeners.I'm stoked on these new tunes.  Thanks to my friend Robbie Jeffers gave me this vintage Gretch drum kit. It's been a real blast to play in the studio.  Some really fun sounding new preamps have made there way into the Barn.  Skip Simmons a new friend who restored and modified som old RP2 Bogen amps are a big sound on these new tunes.Stay tuned for 'Desert Land' and 'Uttermost Part.'Love  dD

PBR outreach 11.8.09

It was a sweet time with all the people that came out the morning of the Pro Bull Riding Finals  to worship the Lord and hear from His Word.  Our friend Pastor Todd Pierce brought the Word to about 600 people that showed up in the parking lot of Mandalay Bay and i got to lead worship.  It was real sweet to minister Pastor Todd and be able to sing with his sweet wife Leslie.  Many folks made commitments to the Lord that morning to be set apart and live for Christ in these crazy days we are living.  The message to not be conformed to to this world but be transformed by the renewing of their mind touched not only the hearts of those in the parking lot but mine as well .  Check out www.RidingHighMinistries.org

8.3.09 dannyDONNELLY NEW SINGLE 'KISS OF GRACE' coming soon

On one of the trips down to So Cal I wrote 'Kiss of Grace'.   The car has always been a hot spot for songwriting.  A picture of  God's grace looking back to my past in tasting and seeing God's grace and the desperate need for the dose of it today and the reality of promises of His grace available to us no matter what lies ahead. On the way out to the studio I saw some records and a record player in the closet.  I threw a few of Ella's LP's under my arms reached for the record player and went out and cut the song.  Hope you enjoy it.   dD



Sherri Youngward back in the Barn!!

Sherri has been recording some new music in the Barn.  This round of recordings I am challenged on many different fronts from arrangement and handling the content and weight of the songs themselves. Excited to hear them and see them in the hands and hearts of many. dD




dd_happily-undone-coverThe Happily Undone EP is fresh studio recordings of songs I've been playing live for a bit and also a few that are only a few weeks old.   This EP will grow into a full length album.  Not sure of the name yet :-)

Enjoy !  dD

HAPPILY UNDONE is Produced, recorded and all instruments played by Danny Donnelly. (title track features Jon Button on 1963 hofner bass)

limited run of boutique hand written-on cd's by dannyD only 300 hand made.  They are almost gone!!

HERE IS LOVE. the monday night band


3.4.2009 HERE IS LOVE

'Here Is Love'  is released on dropcards and will be available on Itunes and here at www.dannydonnelly.com in the new store.  The new store will offer 'Here is Love'  in digital download in the next week or so and in CD format hopefully around the end of the month.

I am so excited about these recordings.  Many people i think have maybe thought I fell off the face of the earth the last few years. But this is a good taste of what I've been up to along with all of  about 8 other CD projects I've been producing for friends, serving as an assistant pastor at Metro Calvary, traveling and spending sweet time with my love Rachel and two amazing little ones,  Ella and Miles.

The Monday Night Band is the band that has led worship every Monday evening at Metro Calvary in Roseville CA. for the past four or five years.  It was my desire to capture the band in a way that would sound in it's live spontaneous  feel yet up close.  I've always loved the sound of the old Motown records and how they sounded like they were having such a gas recording.  Well we went for it.  I began pulling up tones in the studio one day to try and capture that sound and recorded a tune called Someday.  And then sometime rolled by and I pulled some friends into help from the fellowship . People like Tara Guy, Brian Helvick, Dave Wilbur to help in the set ups and pressing the record button to try and capture this up close old school thang.  When the band arrived we were ready to press record with tones up  (after Rachel cooked an amazing meal of course) and we were super blessed to catch some great moments of worship up close.

In the spirit of a soundtrack this album has some pieces of spoken Word by Pastor Richard Cimino captured on Monday Nights.  With some other tracks  I captured  together with Sean Cimino  who comes up and leads worship often when I'm out of town.  I love re-working hymns at metro with the band and I could really hear  Seans voice speaking into the depths of  a hymn called Just As I Am.  Just one of the many many sweet moments of this labour of love.  This album has 18 tracks!!  I'm not a fan of long records but again I think of this album as more of a soundtrack.

Enjoy ! Stay tuned for an official podcast that is about 25 min long containing interviews and more about the Here is Love album and the recording of it.  You will be able to  listen and download  here on www.dannydonnelly.com or  in itunes.  Enjoy love dD

LIFE    ' little melody'   version 1.0


NEW RELEASE LIFE 'little melody' version 1.0 is a living album that will grow for as long as I'm playing and recording.  How it will work is this.  If you buy LIFE version 1.0 you only need the upgrade as new songs and art are added.  We are already planing for LIFE version 1.5 which will be five more tunes.LIFE 'little melody' version 1.0 . It is called LIFE ' little melodies' for a few reasons. Here are a few for ya1. The vision for this album came to me during a time of prayer at a New Life Pregnancy Center benefit event and I had the desire to make an album that would benefit the New Life centers in Rocklin and Auburn. In fact track one is called The Maker's Workshop.  It's the only track with lyrics.  The Maker's Workshop is a song written in the perspective of the unborn baby to his mom.  I wrote the song coming home from a Monday Night bible study in the car.2. This is music that can played during anytime of life. Bedtime, doing chores, nap time, driving time, reading time, while cooking, or when you have company over. A majority of the cd are melodic sketches. Soundscapes for Life.3.   Inspired by LIFE as i know it with my little ones I decided  to play all the smallest instruments I have in my studio for the melodies on LIFE version 1.0. Instruments like the clarinet, chromatic harmonica, ukulele, mandolin and melodica to name a few.  Super Fun!!As I listen to these sketches of music, I began to notice these little sketches of music possess a bit of an ache to them. Each day standing under the water falls of blessings,  I still sense day and night the 'blue' that says,  "there must be more".   And I am reminded truly there is so much more ahead. Heaven is ahead. So I guess these snapshots of music will have some shades of sweet blue to them as so often my song is just a blues for a homesick believer.I marvel at Gods Word in Ephesians 2:10. The verse in the bible  where  God calls us His 'workmanship'. His Poema (greek for poem).  His songs.  His 'little melodies'. And how He desires us to walk in harmony together in tune with the One who sounded the True note.  The concert Master of Life.  Jesus.Grace and PeacedD