I wish you love and peace

04_TO_LOVE_YOU_BABY.mp3  Wrote this with Tony Perrino & Joe Mele. Very talented very good people. Wishing you much love and courage. #ValentineDay #HappyValentineDay

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Peace on earth

www.janelledonovan.com. We decorated our home page & showcased our holiday album #Christmas Eyes. Come hang out a bit. We have a recipe page too! Mmmmm









Song for Brian - Cannon Ball

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In loving memory of my youngest son who passed away from #cancer three years ago. Below are the lyrics to a song I am writing for Brian. Mark Cargill & Greg Cook are my co-writers. Last June we finished the basic tracks for "Cannon Ball." Sometimes, I would start to cry during recording. Mark and Greg would stop and sit with me quietly, sometimes crying with me until I could start again. We had been working together about 4 years when Brian was diagnosed. They were very supportive during our battles and stayed in touch with me. They told me their church friends were praying for Brian and I. I love how this song evolved from our hearts. We need to have other good recording buddies join us to finish the instrumental base and background singing. It has been a few years since I have seen them but it will truly be a home-coming.A lot has happened since I saw them last. Most of the album was finished before Brian was diagnosed. Only this memorial song and the title track "Main Street" remain to be finished.  My Blog carries more information about this marvelous young man, my beautiful baby boy. With much gratitude to our family and friends and @Livestrong. For more info on adolescent and young adult  #AYAcancer see @heycriticalmass & @stupidcancer

Peace and love - Janelle 

Cannon Ball  Copyright 2017 Janelle Donovan

Sail him like a human cannonball

Far away from here

from the silent desperation 

and the quiet constant fears

Blast him past the gravity

Of this sickened circumstance

Through the stratosphere of miracles

where he can find another chance


Shoot him like a cannonball

Help him sail to heavens gate 

Find the everlasting cure we crave

before its too late

Fly him fast... like a cannonball


But he flew like a shining star 

 out of here

away from all the earthly pain

Beyond the fear

He rose above the gravity

 that tried to pull him down

With angel force inside 

he rose above the ground

And just to remind us 

that he was still beside us

From the ceiling above us

To let us know he loved us

 He turned... and gave us one last  smile.

No cannonball appeared...


I feel his hands upon my shoulders

 Hear him say my name

In heaven dreams he hugs me tight 

although it’s not the same

I don’t shatter like a cannon ball

I find a place right here

Through the new born silence and my sudden aching tears

I don’t shatter like a canon ball - no, not for today

The love of those around me helps me grab onto the day

I find another chance to rise 

 despite the mass and matter

My heart does not  completely shatter ...


Doesn’t shatter like a cannon ball


#Christmas Eyes album holy and photo


CD Baby's DIY conference in Chicago

During @CDbaby 's DIY conference in #Chicago I was inspired by the keynote speaker #KevinBreuner. I am on the edge of releasing our next album, Main Street,  and of course I'm pondering  how best  to present our music to the world. Kevin spoke very directly and powerfully of community and connection being essential. As with most songwriters our songs emanate from our heart soul spirit as well as our mind. But it especially struck a chord with me as the final cut on our album is a memorial tribute to my youngest son who passed from cancer several years ago.I am very grateful that he affirmed my vision for this release. You @CDBABY folks are wonderful. Thanks!

Thoughts & prayers

 #9/11 Dear Friends, My thoughts and prayers this weekend are with those we lost on 9/11, their loved ones, the first responders and their families, those who chose to serve to protect our country from further vicious attacks and their families and loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with our country, the world at large and our leaders. So much at stake. So much courage and love. So many precious lives. #Prayforpeace. #Savethechildren

NYC Fire truck crushed beneath one of the fallen towers 9/11

Monahan's Old Truck

Hi Friends. In less than a week many of us will be remembering and paying tribute to those we lost their lives on #9/11, their families, loved ones, and the brave first responders who risked it all to save others. Based on in person interviews at one of the NYC firehouses, my co-writers and I wrote songs in tribute. For all who care to, the songs are now free downloads @janelledonovan.com. I am wishing you peace love and great health. XO 

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