Blink Of An Eye (remastered)

by danny DONNELLY

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Since moving back to LA from Northern California many people in my travels in and out of town would say, "Hey! where's 'Blink Of An Eye' ? I can't find it anywhere on line! It's been one of my favorites through the years" I was shocked people were still spinning it and listening.

Blink Of An Eye was written and recorded between the years 1997-1999.
I met these amazing talented guys Michael Smidi Smith & Brian Steckler at one on my regular gigs. They had come in from Nashville not to long before that and had these sweet recording rigs called Pro Tools (not many of those floating around at that time) .

It was at The Warehouse in the Marina they asked if I'd like to record. Brian and Smidi opened my eyes to new sounds and ways to record that inspired me to really create in realtime in the studio. There was not alot of stopping to fix gear that was breaking or not synching up. They encouraged and supported me in my production ideas and the songs i was writing.

Blink Of An Eye is actually my second album that followed up my first album Passion Tree which was just guitar, voice with a few accents.

Looking back now at this time and season of life, A lot was happening around the same time. I was still mourning the loss of my Uncle Mike who was a huge part of my life, I met my wife Rachel. The most radical turning point in my life In August of 1998 I surrendered my life to Christ at an at a church in Downey CA. Two of the songs on this record would take first place in a large songwriting competition. First place got me my amazing white guitar case i still travel with today and a opening spot at Folk Festival in Park City Utah. One tune "All In Good Time" wound up in a motion picture called 'Duets'. A few years later after playing "Sweet Moon & Tennesse Sky" at the end of an audition with Kenny Loggins, he offered me the gig and i went on tour for over a year.

Remastering this project, hearing these songs and looking back on that season, though it seems so long ago, the songs don't feel old to me. The songs still take me somewhere and have new meaning this side of of creating them. Music is interesting like that. It can take you right back to a moment in your past. Meet you right in the place your standing or shine a light on the road your walking on.

Revisiting this album or hearing it for the first time
Hope you enjoy it.


released August 1, 1999


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Track Name: Coming About
Coming About

Coming About
It's time to catch some wind
Well you know what its about
It's time to sail away
Reef the main
Won't you tie on board
Better dress worm

I could hear you father crying out
Son grab the helm we're gonna come about
Gonna sail away to a place where no one could find
I believe she's a straight away
Lord to the Isthmus tonight.

I could see those dolphins starboard
Swimming by the boat
Ya better get your camera ready
Cause Sandy your missing it you know
All these memories there ringing through my head
Their a place of peace when life gets a little dense
Where's my duffle i say just the other day
I got plenty of worries to fill it
Oh and just

Oh sail away no worry day
Come find your peace
Cast all your cares
Let the wind fill your sail
And come about when you need
Come about when you need

Life's a short sail always be prepared
In what you bring on board
And all that crazy stuff you got in you head
If you learn one thing you better pay her some respect
The sea the wind in your life long trek
Life seems to blow us through squalls
Giving waves to climb
Just keep her in the wind
Wait her out and you'll be fine

to chorus

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Track Name: Tennessee Sky
Tennessee Sky

Well the concert was over
On the dirt road in Muffresboro
Couldn't wait to hear her sweet voice
Sing 'Good Night Louise, Goodnight'
Well us friends jammed into the wee hours
We talked about the blues
And this land we call "ours"
And we said, "someday soon we'll fly on"
We said, "someday, someday soon
We would fly, fly on"

Jessi if you can hear me
We need to make that trip
The Mississippi Delta
We'll start in Mephis
Well I can almost hear the juke joint now
Oh, that National guitar
And the sound of your sweet voice
Like that night under the stars

It's plain to see
I've got you on my mind
though we had so little time
That girl set my heart on fire

When Jessi sang
Oh the words she testified
A love for the blues
My guitar rang
On a hot summer night
What I wouldn't give for that night
We played for the fire flies
Lookin' in her eyes
Under a Tennessee sky

Rolling with the sounds
Man that Aretha she can sing
By the looks of that dark cloud
I believe it's gonna rain
95 degrees southern style
mother nature pour it on
Cause we're headed for our fathers
W.C. , Muddy Waters


So turn the page and write on
Right or wrong
Story tells the day
I'm gone… movin on
Track Name: Blink Of An Eye
Blink Of An Eye

When your days are gettin' long
And your heart is blind
You don't know what's ahead
For the rest of your life
You try to shake it off
But its all in His time
In a blink of an eye

Spend all of your time
For your silver and gold
Times passion' on by
But your only getting older
You can't shake it off
Cause it's all in His time
In a blink of an eye

Go on and tell someone
Somethings in all of us
We got a longing to know
Some unknown God
Who holds real and the true
Takes the load and the strife
In a blink of an eye

Too many band-aid gods
But who can save and heal
Wont be this steel string guitar
But the Holy Spirit I feel
That will fill me up
Shake it off in time
In a blink of an eye

You want to know His will
Well He's spoken it to you
And all of the World
Through His Word He reveals
How to Shake it off
Wait on His time
In a blink of an eye

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Track Name: All In Good Time
All IN Good Time

How can I face tomorrow
I can barely find today
I bet those words just rang
Through Michael's head
There's no one to blame
He was a best friend
He fought the good fight
Over & again & again
Oh but when my light of life grew dim
He'd always say brother
Keep aware, There's a gift my friend

Nobody knows the way you felt
The troubled days the hours the nights
On end
You'd cast your cares aside to help the average Joe
Asking "What am I doing, bangin on this guitar? "
Where do I start?
Which way do I go?
You'd just say "soak and feel the rhythms,
All around you inspiration"
Harbor good friends like they're gold

All in good time
You'll find
The gift that shines
In your life
You don't know where the time has gone
But these days keep moving on
Now i can see that the gifts are free
Just waiting on me

You and only you
Hold the tools to better take care
Of your heart head senses and soul
Just live to be there in the present
Enjoy your survival your experiences
No intimidation just a little imagination
Flows the music my friend


He'd say, " Just keep walking' on the road
Your straight line brother
Though you feel it move so fast
Trust that you'll be standing tall my brother
There's nothing here to fear my friend "

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Track Name: Sweet Moon
Sweet Moon
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I keep looking over my shoulder
As if your gonna look my way
Idealist some people say
I guess I got a little hope for me
A little hope in you

Don't ask me why I like apple pie
In the middle of the night
With a scoop of you on the side
When they all say I'm crazy
You say I'm just fine

Well I don't mind you
You blind artist
Just paint me the color you use
That shade when I'm with you
Some kind of blue

Where are you going sweet
I guess I just got lost in you
Seems like every time I get this close
This close just flies away
Or leaves to soon
Sweet moon

Miles Davis must have known you
In his past life
He even named a record after you
Words just couldn't say what he was feeling
So he picked up his trumpet and blew

I wonder if Stella knew
That the starlight was shinning down on her face
At just the right angle to inspire
Those were the days of the porch
Where the family would listen in
And you two would perspire

Well I don't mind you
You blind artist
Just paint me the color you use
That shade when I'm with you
Some kind of blue

Where are you going sweet
I guess I just got lost in you
Seems like every time I get this close
This close just flies away
Or leaves to soon
Sweet moon

Sometimes its better
Not to ask, but I do anyway
Seems like I'm always tripping over my heart
Just can't find my way
Forget my way
If it always leads to the gloom
Someday, I'll see you face to face
Sweet moon

to chorus
Track Name: For The Good Of You And I
For The Good Of You And I

Gonna kick off my shoes
take a little time
to think about you girl
how you've been on my trouble mind
is this the reason that i live
Or am i just wasting time
These days I'm walking blind
But in time I'll know the truth
Of you and I

I like traveling down my road
not knowing where it leads
will i see you at the crossroads
where our eyes may choose to meet
well you cut me so deep
with understanding in your eyes
so hard to believe you know
what I'm about inside

I'm holding' on
And i know someday
Well finally get it right
but i feel the days are passing me by
it's time to let it go tonight
and say goodbye
for the good of you and i

"mother" she feels so good under my feet
my toes are in her dirt
well off the concrete
It's just like me and you
it's better way below
down below the surface
so much closer to the core

where do you draw the line?
how can you let go?
and still hold on to the sacred
the thing that matters most
but i know you are the same
girl you and i
by holding on to you
i shakle your soul and mine
can i let it go?
i must let you go!

I'm holding' on
And i know someday
Well finally get it right
but i feel the days are passing me by
it's time to let it go tonight
and say goodbye
for the good of you and i

can i say goodbye?
oh we must say goodbye
for the good of you and I

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Track Name: For You
For You

No compass on board
Floatin in a stormy sea
Clouds overhead can't see
Three feet in front of me
Well here I am no where is where I stand
I guess its good to me free

Cause its good to have company
When your lost of flying free
It's good to know that your looking for me

For you would run a million miles
For you would tell the truth
And I could never give up
Looking for you
You hold the real the truth

I'll be driving in my car
Rolling in some search to find
Anyone, something, someone, anything
To ease my troubled mind

Well I guess we're all the same
All got a longing… a need
For a little real …just a little peace … chorus

Traffic so slow
God it don't help much
Sucks the life out of me
And everyone I meet on the go
Well the wrinkles of my face
Turn to rivers that flow
But you can catch the tears
Before they fall to the floor


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Track Name: Waitin' & Hopin'
Waitin & Hopin
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This was a typical jam that took place in between takes recording this record. One tube vocal mic in Smidi's room captured this one!
Track Name: Hold On To You
Hold On To You

This worlds a crazy kind of place
So much easier to take
When I see your sweet smiling face
I wanna hold on to you and never let go

When it all gets cloudy in my view
And I wonder if true love is something I can do
I see the miracles before me an you
They say hold on to you and never let go

Something stirs inside of me
When I walk next to you
Past the barricades
God let me know somewhere deep inside
How about the the truth in her eyes

So when you here a song a sweet kind of tune
With words that say things like I love you
If your thinking of me just know I'm thinking of you
Of holding on to you and never letting go

My love can only see you the Lord and I
It gets a little crazy but just one day at a time
I'm a little scared as I sit her and cry
May I hold on to you and never let go

I'm strumming hanging on six strings and a prayer
Need a little help keeping true love on the square
There you stand and I can't help but stare
I wanna hold on to you and never let go

It's the simple sweetness that you are
That drives me to lasso down the brightest of stars
To show the world from afar
That I'll hold on to you and never let go

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