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David W Donner | Eterna

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by David W Donner

An eclectic instrumental acoustic guitar album, combining modren fingerstyle, meditative, and blues elements.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Avesah
4:46 $1.11
2. Tribal Dance
4:55 $1.11
3. Hope
4:20 $1.11
4. Big Toe
3:13 $1.11
5. Eterna
7:14 $1.01
6. Shi Hu
5:26 $1.11
7. Someday Soon
5:00 $0.99
8. What's the Deal (With Women)
3:21 $0.99
9. Rite of Passage
4:00 $1.11
10. Finding Lila
4:37 $0.99
11. Lonely Road
2:56 $0.99
12. Prelude to Avesah
3:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
You could say this album was over a decade in the making… it had been in the back of my mind that long anyhow.  I spent years playing and writing songs with bands, doing canned tracks for music libraries, and even composing for indie films.  Yet after trudging through the minutia related to those efforts, I realized my guitar work was the one thing—musically at least—that was most authentically my own.  It was also the one constant in my life, throughout those years.  In the end, it became apparent that no matter what else I did, an original solo guitar album needed to become a priority.  And so, around a year-and-a-half ago, I began taking all the scratch tracks I had accumulated over the years, and finally put them together into viable songs.  



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Steve Sheppard

From One World Music Radio
For me there is nothing more special that a new guitar based album, this is also my instrument of choice and of course, I get to hear new material for my acoustic based show Reconnections. On Eterna we have an extremely talented artist in David W Donner who can create a multi layered backdrop of string driven sounds for us all to enjoy.
Avesah starts the album off at a fair pace and the upbeat tempo carries us along our new musical journey, the performance on this piece is almost mystical at times, the added bells increase this feeling somewhat and move us beautifully into the next piece called Tribal Dance. As the title describes, it does indeed have that built in sense of movement, the opening flute paves the way and some insightful playing. Tribal Dance is a track packed with vitality and bathed in energy of the indigenous peoples.
We now move to a piece called Hope, this is one performance I loved, and the song is really passionate and has a beautiful progression and pull back with some subtle harmonics. One could almost sense the anticipation of an expectant hope within the tempo of the track.
The curiously entitled Big Toe is next on our journey, but regardless of the origin of this composition, it has a really beautiful feel about it, almost a little ethnic at times, but this is one of those tracks I would class as sun filled and to be honest, fun.
The title track is before us now, on a personal level this was an incredible piece, the smooth and mysterious synths opening the track creates a back drop for us to allow our imagination to step forward and then with a slow but deliberate intent, Donner steps forward with his guitar and delivers us a track that is simply perfection. Eterna manifests us a piece that is steeped in ancient history, the chord changes are sublime and the performance over all is quite exceptional and was my favourite off the album.
At the half way point on our journey dear reader we come across a track called Shi Hu, the added strings here are so perfectly subtle and in fact all the added instrumentation on this release is too, this makes it such an appealing piece to enjoy. The track itself is a complex, but an incredibly charming arrangement and like the Chinese herb of the same name, it is indeed healing in its composition and texture.
We now come across a really luscious creation called Someday Soon, and this one had a similar energy to the track Hope; it’s built in sense of energy and expectation was enticing. The whole dynamic here is a lively, but extremely well performed piece that has such a positive vibration about its construction.
Now I am going to have to be careful about what I write here as my wife is sitting right next to me producing shows, especially as the track is called What’s the Deal With Women, technically this is a fine example of what Godley and Crème from 10cc use to call Art for Art’s Sake, you’re going to find this one of the most unusual tracks your likely to hear, but one of the most addictive and amusing, a clever piece, with a turnabout is fair play ending!
Rite of Passage is our next port of call, it is a composition that has a full flowing movement about it, but stops and hovers beautifully, as if waiting to be told to move onward, thus giving the title of the track even more relevance, Donner has succeeded in manifesting a composition that does indeed grow and mature as it moves onwards.
Finding Lila is now upon us and at times reminded me of various acoustic segments by the Eagles, especially on a track called Bitter Creek. This has a certain character about it; I could easily see it being used in a soundtrack for a movie. The narrative creates a feeling of mystery as Donner’s performance on this composition is absolutely outstanding.
Dear constant reader, I hope you have enjoyed the ride so far with David W Donner and his album Eterna. We are now at the last but one stop on our travels and we can listen to the artist perform an arrangement called Lonely Road. The title opens up a real opportunity to create something special and Donner duly obliges with some stylish guitar playing that really raises the bar for the last piece off the album called Prelude to Avesah. The sense of a journey nearing its completion is evident and here Donner pulls out all the stops, increases the power and intensity and ends with a sublime flourish.
If you a fan of really excellent acoustic guitar music you are going to be in heaven with this release, Eterna is a fine example of what can be achieved with great skill and proficiency, it is a great example of what can be achieved by taking your time and creating such excellent compositions and arrangements and only releasing them when your totally happy to do so. Eterna by David W Donner is a passion filled, fun release, that contains moments of bliss, segments of light and shade, but always a totally superb performance from the first second, to the last.