Donna Lisa

Donna Lisa

 Westfield, New Jersey, USA
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Donna Lisa is an award winning songwriter, and writer. Her children's album, stories, songs for adults, and musical screenplay have received awards and/or publication. Vivid imagery, imagination, humor and touching vignettes, are all part of Donna's songs and writing. Her style is distinctive.

Biography

Donna Lisa’s album for children, “Toucan You Can,” received twenty national and international awards including, an iParenting Media Award, a National Parenting Publications Award and a Children’s Music Web Award. Kerianne Spellman, of the “The Westfield Leader” (of NJ) wrote. “I honestly can say that “Toucan You Can,” is one of the best children’s albums I have ever heard.” The album features playful songs about animals, places, and activities that intrigue children.

Donna Lisa has had considerable experience writing and performing for children. She was a noted children's songwriter in “The Songwriter’s Market.” Donna has performed in schools, libraries, shows and coffee houses, and she has received radio airplay. Two of her songs are currently under contract with the music licensing/publishing company, Noteborn Music. Piano Press has published two of her songs in their compilation song books. Recess Music and PARMA RECORDINGS will include one of Donna’s songs on their 2010 Earth Day compilation release.

Donna’s songs for children and adults were recognized in The 2012 International Song Contest, The 2011 Dallas Songwriters Contest and The 2010 Great American Song Contest. Donna’s song, “Toucan You Can,” was included on “Celebrate Earth” a 2010 release on Big Round Records.

Donna is the A&R Coordinator and a contributing songwriter on “Playful Journeys to Grow On,” a soon-to-be released, compilation, children’s album. This CD will feature a variety of children’s artists including Laurie Berkner, Raffi and others. The album will benefit disadvantaged children through the United Way.

Donna is also an award-winning, published writer of musical screenplays, teleplays and stories for children and families. Her scripts have received recognition in a variety of competitions such as, The 2012 Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, The 2011 Moondance International Film Festival, 2011 Kids First Film Festival and others, 2011 Script Vamp Short Screenplay Contest and many others. Chicago Script Works performed a reading of Donna's winning musical screenplay, "Kheng Kheng Crocodile."

Donna writes a column on songwriting and scriptwriting for Toonboom News (Montreal). Three of her television and film projects under Agreement with producers, Engine 15 Media, Bonita Siegel and Flat Rock Motion Pictures

Lyrics

Thrilling Thistle Thumb

Written By: Donna Lisa

Chorus:
Thrilling Thistle Thumb
He was small but he wasn't dumb
He wiggled and he wriggled and he jiggled on the top of my hand
Thrilling Thistle Thumb
Give a little smile an he will come
And nestle like a baby against your purple tongue

One day Thistle Thumb
He met Tillie Toe
And anyone could see
They were meant for each other, uh huh
Thistle Thumb was a little shy
But Tille said, "Honey, take you time
I'm not about to let a good thumb
Just pass me by
(Chorus)

Our friend, Tillie Toe
She was a fickle lady so,
She started making eyes
At a finger caled Pinky LaRue
Thistle Thumb he was plenty mad
But knew her pinky was just a fad
And, sure enough, Tillie came back
And made Thistle glad
(Chorus)

Kheng Kheng Crocodile

Written By: Donna Lisa and Ted Brancato

Kheng Kheng Crocodile
Words & Music by D. Lisa
& T. Brancato
Kheng Kheng crocodile
He lives in Thailand
With a little boy whose name is Koompakan
He was found in the village pond
A baby, just twelve inches long

Kheng Kheng crocodile sleeps in Koompa’s bed
Hogs the pillow with his long and pointy head
And he dreams of a river swim
With Koompa floating next to him

All the village knows
Where Koompa goes Kheng Kheng goes
Cuz they’re together each day
Kheng Kheng follows Koom
Even in the shower room
They splash around in the spray

Kheng Kheng crocodile
Playful reptile

Kheng Kheng crocodile lives in Koompa’s house
With three grownups, two dogs and a tiny mouse
All the people and pets agree
That Kheng’s part of the family

Kheng Kheng crocodile has rows of sharp teeth
Koompa brushes them across and underneath
Then he asks Kheng to open wide
So he can take a peek inside

Kheng Kheng loves to eat
Chicken, fish and curried meat
He swallows, he doesn’t chew
Sometimes he pretends
He’s back in the wild again
Hunting like crocodiles do

Kheng Kheng crocodile, playful reptile
Kheng Kheng makes all of the villagers smile
Kheng will stay with Koompa for a long while

© Donna Lisa

My Beastie

Written By: Donna Lisa

Chorus:
Teddy bear you're nice but my beastie is better
He's as soft as my daddy's sweater
He looks kind of mean but he's not really bad
In fact he's the very best toy I've ever had

His hair is purple and his belly is round
His eyes pop out and they roll up and down
(Chorus)
His ears are long and his nose is short
He gulps and he gurgles and he lets out a snort
(Chorus)
His mouth is big and he eats a lot
But he won't eat me, he better not!
(Chorus)

Oliver Otter

Written By: Donna Lisa

Oliver Otter I love watching you

Diving for pennies each day at the zoo

Under the water your little tail goes

Then you come up again with a coin on your nose

Chorus

Oliver Otter you’re my favorite animal

Oliver Otter I love watching you

Oliver Otter you’re my favorite animal

Oliver Otter I love what you do

Oliver Otter the zookeepers know

You’re always ready to put on a show

Holding your paws like you’re saying a prayer

Spinning and waving your tail in the air

(Chorus)

Oliver Otter your have a new friend

She swims around you again and again

She does a back flip and wiggles about

You rub her whiskers and bring her a trout

Hey Baby Llama

Written By: Donna Lisa

Hey Baby Llama
Words & Music by Donna Lisa

Hey baby llama, you know I wanna
Have a little talk with you
Hey baby llama, I told your mama
Just what your were trying to do

Chewing on my jacket
What for?
I gave you my crackers
But you wanted more

Hey baby llama, you know I’m gonna
Cut you up a juicy pear
Cuz baby llama I just don’t wanna
Have you chewing on my hair

You’ve got big brown eyes and a soft nose
Children pet and feed you
Then you bit their clothes

Hey baby llama, I wore pajamas
Underneath my coat today
So baby llamas are you and mama
Making room for me to stay?

I’ll sleep on the ground right beside you
And I’ll do the things that baby llama do
Hey baby llama, hey baby llama
Say baby llama, say baby llama
Hey baby llama, hey baby llama
Say baby llama, say baby llama

Spoken to fade out (individually):
You ate that whole box of crackers!
Now you’re chomping on my brand new jacket.
I’ll give you a pear, if you’re good
Ouch! My ponytail!
Do you like these polka dot pajamas?

© Donna Lisa

Kheng Kheng Crocodile

Written By: Donna Lisa and Ted Brancato

Kheng Kheng Crocodile
Words & Music by D. Lisa
& T. Brancato
Kheng Kheng Crocodile
He lives in Thailand
With a little boy whose name is Koompakan
He was found in the village pond
A baby, just twelve inches long

Kheng Kheng crocodile sleeps in Koompa’s bed
Hogs the pillow with his long and pointy head
And he dreams of a river swim
With Koompa floating next to him

All the village knows
Where Koompa goes Kheng Kheng goes
Cuz they’re together each day
Kheng Kheng follows Koom
Even in the shower room
They splash around in the spray

Kheng Kheng crocodile
Playful reptile

Kheng Kheng crocodile lives in Koompa’s house
With three grownups, two dogs and a tiny mouse
All the people and pets agree
That Kheng’s part of the family

Kheng Kheng crocodile has rows of sharp teeth
Koompa brushes them across and underneath
Then he asks Kheng to open wide
So he can take a peek inside

Kheng Kheng loves to eat
Chicken, fish and curried meat
He swallows, he doesn’t chew
Sometimes he pretends
He’s back in the wild again
Hunting like crocodiles do

Kheng Kheng crocodile, playful reptile
Kheng Kheng makes all of the villagers smile
Kheng will stay with Koompa for a long while

© Donna Lisa

Discography

"Toucan You Can." Songs from her musical screenplay, "Kheng Kheng Crocodile," were played at the 2006 Moondance Film Festival. Songs from "Toucan You Can" were played on WPRB, "The All Ages Show," Princeton, NJ and "Magazine," Skywave Radio, Brighton, England.

Set List

When Donna performs for children, her sets range from 30 minutes to 1 hour. She performs her original songs, and uses animal puppets, movements and hand motions for added stimulation.