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New CD! - April 6, 2019

I have recorded and mixed 9 songs for my new CD. Just working on the last 2 or 3 now. Details to come.

My Foot - December 21, 2016

I have been "out of commision" with a foot injury - 3 broken bones in my right foot. Just starting to get up and around with shoes instead of a cast. hope to be back at the dojo, working out by early Feb...

The Big Crunch on WGUVTV35 - November 19, 2016

Here it is, warts and all - "The Big Crunch" on WGUVTV35 from the show "Kalamazoo Lively Arts." This was filmed during Will Alderman's Music Hop last summer:

Live on WGUV35 - November 19, 2016

I have played a couple of the Music Hop Events run by Will Alderman here in Kalamazoo. Some months ago my venue was Tibbs Brewing. Will had mentioned that WGUV TV35 was filming segments for their show "Kalamazoo Lively Arts. The crew was great; courteous and professional. The show was under attended, but I had a good time with the people who were there.
I remember talking too much betweeen songs and during intros of songs - some good editing took care of that. Here is the song from that night's performance, "Full Fathom Five," off the CD "Deep Sky."

Live On WIDR! - September 19, 2016

I will be the guest this Wednesday for "Local Brew," on WIDR (88.1FM) with host Gianna Capadona. She will be interviewing me and I will be performing some songs live in the studio!
Listen in on 88.1FM, from 9am - 10am!

Frankenstein... - November 24, 2015

"Meet Your Makers." That's the catchphrase for the new Frankenstein movie. The description says: "James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation"

Gentlemen (and ladies), there was one maker of "Frankenstein," and that was Mary Shelley. I wish someone would actually read the book before they write a screenplay. Meet your fucking maker.

Just saying.

Music Street Journal review of S2S - September 29, 2014

Got another really good review of "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein" from Music Street Journal - Check it out:

Frankenstein Movies - November 4, 2013

Of course, you might imagine that I am a fan of the horror and Science Fiction genres. Why else would I do a 29 track CD based on Frankenstein?
I can't really think of any movie that's gotten the story right. Nobody ever shows the complexity of the monster (while remaining true to the original story).
In "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein," I tried to put you inside the monster's head. Show his reasoning and sense of morals.

Just by chance, there seems to be a lot of interest in "Frankenstein," lately. Many movies in production. One of them, "I Frankenstein," looks like a huge deviation of the original... When I say huge, I mean vast, giant, gargantuan...
For some reason, "I Frankenstein," has winged creatures flying around and creating mayhem... Are they demons? Angels? Bot? I don't know...
What I do know is that they have no place in a story about Victor Frankenstein's creation...

So basically, "I Frankenstein," has some buff looking hunk with a modicum of scars walking around like a "Twilight" kind of superhero? I am not sure of the plot, but I AM sure to be disappointed with "I Frankenstein."

Please let me know what you think of this movie once it comes out - 2014....

Big Thanks To KOPN Columbia Missouri! - November 4, 2013

A great big THANK YOU to Patrick Keenan and WKOPN in Columbia, MO for playing "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein," IN IT'S ENTIRETY on Halloween night! You guys rock - thank you so much!

My Art Page - October 4, 2013

Hey, it's brand new, kind of bare bones, but I created a page on wix to share some of my artwork with you. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Just In Time For Halloween! Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein at Cd Baby! - October 4, 2013

Just In Time For Halloween: "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein," at Cd Baby!
Order now! Available on iTunes next week....

1st Great Review - October 2, 2013

I have sent all of the Cds to my Kickstarter supporters and I sent 31 out today to bloggers, internet radio stations and magazines. I spent $189.00 to send this stuff out today, and I was at the post office for over an hour. I forgot about the customs forms...
Hopefully, some good reviews will start pouring in and I can get enough interest to do some scaled-down shows and have some butts in the seats...

As Halloween approaches i am reminded of last year when I had to cancel the big Halloween show. This one will pass with a whimper, but NEXT YEAR, I plan to do a small "Frankenstein" tour. Maybe about 10 cities... I will have to see what kind of reaction I get from reviewers and fans, but so far, so good..

"Dean dives deep into the dark abyss of Mary Shelley's timeless classic novel "Frankenstein" and returns with 26 great songs that range from the outrageous to sublime. This album shows an accomplished songwriter/performer/producer at the top of his game."

- Derek Sivers, founder, CD Baby,

The CDs Are Here - September 10, 2013

I have gotten the CDs back from the manufacturer. They look great! The printing looks really sharp (though, I might have made the cover a little dark)...
The "official" release will be in 2014, but I will make them available beginning in October on CD Baby and some Nashville area retailers. Of course, by late October or early November they will be downloadable from your favorite digital sites and streaming services.
Now I need to get busy on that graphic novel...

"Frankenstein" Duplication 100% Funded - Thanks! - August 13, 2013


Thanks to the generous backing of you people, the entire amount of $1490.00 has been raised! I am so grateful and touched that you think enough of me and my music to help make this happen. Especially in this down economy, it means even more to me.

Final Tweaks...

I have had the artwork done for some weeks, but I noticed some typos and had to fix. I have been having trouble with my MacBook Pro lately, so I had to transfer the files to my other computer to clean it up.

This weekend I took a final listen to the whole project on the way home from my gig Columbia, MO. It sounds good to me. On listening, I did notice that one of the songs was in the wrong order. I am glad I caught that!

I also noticed that the last song cuts out completely during the bridge. I am waiting for Jaimie Tate from the Rukkus Room to send me another, whole copy of that one song. Today, while I am waiting, I am going to go through all of the art and lyrics one more time and make sure everything is ready. Measure twice, cut once!

Then, later this week, or next monday, I am sending it off to Steve Mullinix at WTSmedia in Chattanooga, TN for replication. The turn around time is supposed to be about 3 weeks. That should put the CDs in my hands by the second week of September. Hopefully, by the end of that week, I can send them out to you.

You guys rock!

I know you know who you are, but I thought you should know who your fellow backers are:

Patti Owens, Larry Kuiper, Lori Hostetler, Jimmy Maddox, Denise Chambul, Julie A. Minasian, Greg Passmore, Gordon Gidluck, Charlie Crow, Greg Curvey, Tomohisa Ishii, Linda Henderson, Stephen Dakin, Kim Sheldon, Michael Atkins, Larry Getlen, Nancy Eckert, Dan Warner, Roxie Randle, Tom Reisner, Judy Blem, Brian Yoder, Scott Anderson, Matthew Nichols, Andy Neale, Morgan Kujawa, Ron Mittler, JoAnn Zummo Smith and Carlos Pepin. Thanks also to Kris Whitenack and John Foster who payed under the table...

All of you helped me do this...

The Dinosaur Speaks...

I think this is the best work I have done, and I hope you will think so too. I know we live in the digital age of downloads and streaming services and that CDs are going the way of the dinosaur, but I still like to hold a physical product in my hand. I like to look at the CD art, pictures of the band, read along with the lyrics. I miss Albums. I guess I am a dinosaur too, (though lately I have noticed a resurgence of vinyl releases). I guess the people on the above list feel the same way.

Thank you all for helping me bring my creation to life!

PRE-ORDER "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein" - July 25, 2013

If you kick in to my kickstarter, you could just look at it as a pre-order...
Please copy this link and tweet, share, email, yell....

Shadow To Shadow on Facebook! - July 9, 2013

I have a page on facebook that is all about the new CD and graphic novel. Please visit for some updates about this new project!

Mastering Frankenstein - May 14, 2013

The Mastering is taking longer than I thought it would. Jamie Tate from the Rukkus Room is a busy man. He is doing the mastering for me on the cheap, so I told him to "do it in his down time - no rush." Fortunately for him (and unfortunately for me), he doesn't seem to have a lot of down time right now. He has been recording and mixing like crazy, (and I'm talking about #1 records here folks), so I wait patiently, sort of... I have heard the first CD, and it sounds great - Looking forward to hearing the rest of it and pressing some!

Frankenstein - mastered! - March 17, 2013

Frankenstein is mixed and is being mastered! Nashville engineer, jamie Tate has mastered 3 songs for my "Frankenstein," project. I am looking forward to hearing them on Monday. The release date is getting closer and closer - stay tuned!

Frankenstein - so close - February 5, 2013

My CD, "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein," is nearly complete. The song count has swelled to 26 now. My mixes are done, Mark Hornsby's mixes are done. I am waiting on Kelly Schoenfeld. I gave him the mixes in September. For people who keep asking,  I don't know when I will have them.

     Hopefully soon. Keep you posted!

Tennessee has left the building - February 5, 2013

As some of you know, Tim Dugger and I wrote a song called, "(I Called Her) Tennessee," and when Tim was signed to Curb Records, it was released as a single. After 16 weeks on the Music Row Chart, it had peaked at #40. Once stations started playing Christmas music, Music Row quit reporting, when the holidays were over, it had dropped 13 spots... It is now off the charts...sniff, sniff. 

        I was kind of hoping that Curb would have started pushing this spring-break song hard, right up until spring-break, but alas, it was not to be. Still, I am very happy that the song was on the radio. I have faith in Tim and wish him well on his career.

Piano Barbarians Podcast Link - October 8, 2012

Howdy all! After a long day of delayed flights and a 5 hour dueling piano shift (with about 6 Ketel Ones on the rocks), I went back to the hotel with my partner that weekend, Paul, and recorded a slurry but candid interview. Talking about Dueling pianos, "Pretty Little Horses," and "Frankenstein," among other things....

Bluebird, October 2nd - September 26, 2012

OK - big news day today - I am hosting a round at the Bluebird on October 2nd at 6pm. Performing with me are:

Curb Recording artist Tim Dugger
Singer/songwriter, Trent Jeffcoat,

and actor/singer/songwriter, Neill Skylar
I hope the local peeps can make it out!

Kelly Schoenfeld mixing some Frankenstein! - September 26, 2012

As you can imagine, "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein," has been quite a time-consuming project for me. 24 songs were written (actually more, but a few didn't make it), recorded, edited and then I started mixing. I decided I could use a hand, so I enlisted the help of friend and famed prog mixer, Mark Hornsby:

Mark did an incredible job with "Running From the Moon,"

and "When He Plays His Guitar,"

... but that left me with 22 songs.... I decided to ask for some more help. Kelly Schoenfeld, owner of Ragtop Recording

is going to mix 11 of the songs for me. That leaves me with 11 to mix myself. I have already done a few and I will be making lyric videos for them as soon as I finish. So far, everything sounds great - updates coming!

"(I Called Her) Tennessee" by Tim Dugger - September 26, 2012

Four years ago I wrote a song called, "(I Called Her) Tennessee" with Tim Dugger. Tim has been signed to Curb Records, "Tennessee," has been released as a single, here is a link to the lyric video: and after 3 weeks on the Music Row chart, Tim Dugger and "Tennessee" are at #64! That means it is being played on 28 stations that report to Music Row (354 spins last week)...
Tim is talented guy, and I hope the best for him. I think this one might do the trick. Keep your fingers crossed for the both of us and call in (or email), and request "(I Called Her) Tennessee," by Tim Dugger on your local country station!

Regarding "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein." - August 27, 2012

Regarding "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein." August 24, 2012


by Dean Madonia on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 4:16pm ·
Howdy all. Writing this on a plane to Reno (through the marvelous miracle of modern internet technology). a 4 hour flight is a good opportunity to think.

This morning, I recorded the very last parts on the last song my new CD, "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein," and at this point I just have a little editing and mixing to do, then mastering, CD art and finally pressing. I hope that you will find this 24 song, concept CD my most inspired and well-crafted work yet.

My original plan last year, was to record and release the CD along with a companion graphic novel, an audio book of the original story by the amazing Mary Wofstonecraft Shelley, and finally, a live, multi media performance of the whole CD at the Darkhorse theater in Nashville TN, that would be filmed and then released as a DVD next year.

I quickly realized that the audio book and graphic novel would have to wait, (though I do have a full book of sketches that I did in hotel rooms and band-houses during the last year), I knew that I just didn't have enough hours in the day to complete it all by my target date. I took solace in the fact that I have an awesome band and that the show in Oct/Nov was going to be really cool. My plan for this show was grand. I had dancers and a small choir lined up to supplement the performance of the band. I also planned to have jugglers and close-up magicians in the lobby and a giant inflatable Frankenstein outside the theater. Film-maker Michael Zakula was going to film the entire production as well as some rehearsal footage and show some short films at the beginning and end of the show as well as during intermission.

Looking over the projected costs involved with lights, sound and an company to come in and record the audio, another for the video, plus paying the performers was going to set me back a minimum of $8300.00 - That's just for the show - not the CD. The Darkhorse is small (122 seats), and the receipts (assuming there would be any), would not begin to cover the show. I was planning on selling my firebird, or taking out a second mortgage on my home to pay for some or all of this. I was OK with this, a little worried perhaps, and a little bummed that it might come down to my car, but OK. This project means a lot to me and I figured that somehow, it would come back to me. It's something that I believe needs to be done.

The first major hurdle came when friend and bass player, Travis Vance told me a couple months ago that his schedule as MD and bass player for country star, Thomas Rhett, was in conflict with the show and that he would have to bow out. I was really bummed when I found out, but Travis gave me the numbers of two really good players who would be able to fill in for him. I decided to go ahead with the show.
The next problem presented itself on Wednesday. Mike Walter, the drummer, also could cannot do the show. That left me with my friend and guitarist Val Lupescu and myself. Val was pretty confident we could find people to play these instruments, but the whole point of using my band and showcasing their awesome talent was out the window. If I were to continue with the performance, I would have a stageful of "hired guns," reading charts, not my trusted friends who recorded the CD with me. The show would surely suffer. I feel that those of you who expressed an interest in attending the show would have been at least somewhat disappointed in the end result, which would not have been true to my vision. I would also have been deep in debt.

Armed with this new information, I have come to the painful decision to cancel the performances of, "Shadow To Shadow, Dean Madonia's Frankenstein," at the Darkhorse. My sincere apologies to all of the people who have been let down by this situation, especially Shannon at the Darkhorse, and Film-maker Michael Zakula, who has already been working on his multimedia presentation of the show. I hope to use his considerable talents on other "Frankenstein" relate projects.

After talking about this my wife and some friends, I know that I have done the right thing. I have been so stressed about this that I am suffering ill health lately with my back for the last two weeks. As soon as I decided, a great weight lifted off my shoulders. When my wife Trina told my son Wolfgang, that I was canceling the show, he got misty-eyed and said he was glad that I was canceling. He said he had been getting stressed and sad because I was so stressed. All of my angst over this whole project has definitely cut into my time with my family as well as my relationships with co-workers and co-writers. I thank you all for your patience.

I have always wanted every aspect of this project to be the absolute best I can offer. The first step is to make sure the CD is finished the way that I want it. It's not something to rush, and neither is this show. I can only hope that the CD will be well-received and that in time, a live performance will be recorded and released as a DVD, and that it will be exactly the way I intended it.


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