Mudcat Café message #2271383 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #69839   Message #2271383
Posted By: ratliffj
24-Feb-08 - 07:07 PM
Thread Name: Hedge and Donna - Where are they now ?
Subject: RE: Hedge and Donna - Where are they now ?
Wow-- let me add to those who have said how wonderful it is to find this thread. And let me add my own H&D experience/connection:

My father was a psychology professor at Whittier College in the early/mid-60's and became aware of Donna's talent. I actually still have two reel-to-reel tapes of Donna and Steve Hennesey (on guitar) recorded in our living room, including a beautiful version of "who can I turn to" with just Donna singing. I believe this was intended as a demo tape. (This is also a neat personal recording for me-- listening closely I can hear our dog's collar jingling and the ice cream truck's tune playing from outside.)

I grew up listening to Hedge and Donna and even got a chance to vist backstage when I was 8 years old at the Troubador in LA (about the time the Special Circumstances album was released). I've introduced countless people to their music over the years and my own kids fell in love with 'Jamie' the same way I did. [My personal favorite song is 'Please Understand Me' ('yes your birds of stone are still resting in my hair / I do not mind')-- the song always brings tears to my eyes.]

I did an Internet search years ago to try and find either or both of them just to say "thank-you." This is the first time I've encountered a thread with posts by people who have been touched the same way. If those of you on the list who know either Hedges or Donna and are able to pass along this note, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks. ratliffj@morris.umn.edu