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Frankenstein Nears Completion! - May 5, 2012

Howdy! I have been working hard on my "Frankenstein" project, editing and re-doing the vocal parts. I am expecting to be done by the end of the month and I will start mixing. I am also going to have Mark Hornsby mix some of them and Kelly Schoenfeld will be mixing a few as well. I have lined up Nashville's "Dark Horse Theater" for a live performances the week of Hallowen. Mark your calendars!

Pretty Little Horses in stores and online! - March 7, 2012

Pretty Little Horses - "Evergreen," is available on CD Baby and on all of the usual online stores:
Check it out and leave a review!

Frankenstein Tracking Nears Completion! - January 26, 2012

I have been recording with my full band every mon, tue, wed since Jan 4 and we have most of the tracks knocked out for "Frankenstein." For the next few weeks, I will be recording on Tuesdays with Val, doing guitar overdubs and solos. After that, I will tweak the keyboard parts, add a few here and there and re-cut all of the vocals. Then I can finally start mixing....

I am feeling really good about this project. The guys played their butts off and really reached for it. Val and Travis have experimented with sounds and come up with some great stuff - especially Travis, with his distorted bass on a few tracks.
I have been sick for over a month, i hope my voice clears up soon so I can do the musical tracks justice!

Frankenstein, coming to life! - November 14, 2011

I have demoed 22 songs for my newest project, "Dean Madonia's Frankenstein!" I am very happy with the songs - I think some of the very best I have written. We start recording next month. There will be a companion graphic novel and I have already started sketching roughs for that as well.

I plan to perform this CD live at the Darkhorse theater next Halloween (2012) with my band and we will film a live video to be made into a DVD, I have begun a "kickstarter" project for it. Please take a look at this video:

Pretty Little Horses is mastered and about to be pressed! - November 14, 2011

Pretty Little Horses, "Evergreen," is mastered and about to be pressed! I am very happy with the way this turned out. I will let you know when they are available at CD baby and for download...

Dean Madonia's Frankenstein!!! - May 10, 2011

I have been hard at work on a new prog-rock influenced concept CD based on the Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein.
The CD (may be a double CD), will explore the emotional content of her work. I have demoes of 9 songs so far and have the ideas and music for most of the rest of the CD. This has been a lot of fun so far - interpreting the novel has given me a great platform to stretch out and say some things that I feel strongly about - hidden behind the guise of the monster and the creator.....

I am looking forward to tracking - hopefully beginning this summer (after the release of "Pretty Little Horses."

More info as it happens...

Pretty Little Horses CD finish and waiting to be mastered - May 10, 2011

Thanks everyone for being so patient. The collaboration with Childhood friend, Greg Curvey is in the can and waiting to be mastered. The CD is called "Evergreen" and the band will be called "Pretty Little Horses.

Should be released this summer. A video for the song, "Just Like Love," will be available for viewing within the next week or so.

Evergreen by Pretty Little Horses - December 7, 2010

The new CD is going to be called "Evergreen," and the band name is "Pretty Little Horses." Named after the lullaby...
Greg Curvey: Lead Vocals, Guitar,Drums
Dean Madonia: Vocals, Keyboards, Bass

This CD is mixed and nearly ready for mastering. Just want to live with the mixes for a little while and make sure I love them.

This CD was a work of love. No label, no fans, no budget, no time constraints.
We did this for ourselves and for the love of music and I think it shows. In a world where most musical acts are calculated for a quick sale, I think we have written something with some legs on it and I hope that "Pretty Little Horses" - "Evergreen," will find an audience.

Evergreen by Pretty Little Horses - December 7, 2010

The new CD is going to be called "Evergreen," and the band name is "Pretty Little Horses." Named after the lullaby...
Greg Curvey: Lead Vocals, Guitar,Drums
Dean Madonia: Vocals, Keyboards, Bass

This CD is mixed and nearly ready for mastering. Just want to live with the mixes for a little while and make sure I love them.

This CD was a work of love. No label, no fans, no budget, no time constraints.
We did this for ourselves and for the love of music and I think it shows. In a world where most musical acts are calculated for a quick sale, I think we have written something with some legs on it and I hope that "Pretty Little Horses" - "Evergreen," will find an audience.

Little Boy Blue "official" video. - April 21, 2010

Last weekend I made a video for the song "Little Boy Blue" and posted it to youtube. There is already a live video with an interview for this song, but I always wanted to make a "real" video for it so people could hear the album track. I was a little homesick this weekend, so I used home movie footage, some live concert footage as well as some time-lapse highway footage I appropriated from the internet. Please stop by and check it out when you get a chance and let me know what you think. I also have a lot of live videos from the Dean Madonia Band and Wyscan there. You can just got to youtube and search for "Dean Madonia" and you will find them.

Greg Curvey Project ready to Mix! - April 21, 2010

Just got back from Chicago where I stayed briefly with my friend Greg Curvey. We tracked a vocal and a couple gtr parts and now I am ready to start inspecting the tracks to prepare for mixing. It has been a long time coming and I am looking forward to mixing this one. The name of the project is (as of now) "Pretty Little Horses." Hopfully we can put this thing to bed within the next couple of months...

Sonic Waves Of Grain Well On the Way! - November 12, 2009

Finished tracking Greg's drums, guitars and vox on 9 songs. Greg heads home tomorrow. Everything sounds great - this is going to be a really cool CD. I can't wait to add bass, keys and vox. Stay posted for more updates.

Sonic Waves Of Grain starts tracking today! - November 9, 2009

5:04 am: Howdy 'yall. I am up early today about to head down into the studio to do a little pre-production work on a new CD that I start tracking today with my friend Greg Curvey. Greg is a childhood friend, an talented songwriter/vocalist/guitarist and drummer now living in Chicago. His band "The Luck Of Eden Hall," just released a new CD, 'When The Clock Starts to Wake Up We Go to Sleep'
Greg and I have been planning to do a project for awhile now and have been collaborating long-distance on the writing aspect. I think we will track some rhythm guitars today and get a good sound for the drums which we will track tomorrow. Wed we should be able to get the loose ends tied up. I will add keyboards and bass later with some background vocals. The CD is going to be called "Sonic Waves Of Grain." I will keep you posted on it's progress, but I imagine that it should be finished before the end of the year and available in the early part of 2010.

Ok, it's not music - it's Bill Moyers, check it out. - October 12, 2009

BILL MOYERS: You know from the news that early next week the Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on its version of health care reform. And therein lies another story of money and politics.

Polls show the overwhelming majority of Americans favor a non-profit alternative -- like Medicare -- that would give the private health insurance industry some competition. But if so many Americans and the President himself want that public option, how come we're not getting one?

Because, the medicine has been poisoned from day one, in part because of that same revolving door that Congresswoman Kaptur and Simon Johnson were just talking about. Movers and shakers rotate between government and the lucrative private sector at a speed so dizzying they forget who they're working for.

SEN. MAX BAUCUS: Our plan does not include a public option.

BILL MOYERS: Take a close look at that woman sitting behind Montana Senator Max Baucus. He's the Democrat who's the Chairman of the Finance Committee. Liz Fowler is her name. And now get this. She used to work for WellPoint, the largest health insurer in the country. She was Vice President of Public Policy. And now she's working for the very committee with the most power to give her old company and the entire industry exactly what they want: higher profits, and no competition from alternative non-profit coverage that could lower costs and premiums.

I'm not making this up. Here's another little eye-opener. The woman who was Baucus' top health advisor before he hired Liz Fowler? Her name is Michelle Easton. Why did she leave the Committee? To go to work -- where else? -- at a firm representing the same company Liz Fowler worked for WellPoint. As a lobbyist.

It's the old Washington shell game. Lobbyist out, lobbyist in. And it's why they always win.

They've been plowing this ground for years, but with the broad legislative agenda of the Obama White House, it's more fertile than ever. The health insurance industry alone has six lobbyists for every member of Congress, and more than 500 of them are former congressional staff members.

Just to be certain Congress sticks with the program, they've been showering megabucks all over Capitol Hill. From the beginning, they wanted to make sure that the bill that comes out of the Finance Committee next week puts for-profit health insurance companies first, by forcing the uninsured to buy medical policies from them. Money not only talks, it writes the prescriptions.

In just the last few months, the health care industry has spent 380 million dollars on lobbying, advertising and campaign contributions. And a million and a half of it went to -- don't hold your breath -- Finance Committee Chairman Baucus, who said he saw "a lot to like" in two proposed public options but voted "no."

SEN. MAX BAUCUS: My job is to put together a bill that gets 60 votes. Now I can count and no one has been able to show me how we can count up to 60 votes with a public option in the bill.

BILL MOYERS: Of course not. They can't get 60 votes. Not when the people who want a public alternative can't possibly scrape up the millions of dollars Baucus has received from the health sector during his political career.

Over the last two decades, the current members of the Senate Finance Committee - you're looking at them -- have collected nearly 50 million dollars from the health sector. A long-term investment that's now paying off like a busted slot machine.

Not that we should be surprised. A century ago, muckraking journalists reported that large corporations and other wealthy interests virtually owned the Senate, using bribery, fraud, and sometimes blackmail to get their way. Jokes were made about the Senator from Union Pacific or the Senator from Standard Oil.

This fellow in particular was out to break their grip. His name was David Graham Phillips, and one day in 1906, readers of COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE opened its March issue to discover the first of nine articles by Phillips titled "The Treason of the Senate."

He wrote: "Treason is a strong word, but not too strong, rather too weak, to characterize the situation in which the Senate is the eager, resourceful, indefatigable agent of interests as hostile to the American people as any invading army could be..."

The public outrage provoked by Phillips and other muckrakers contributed to the passage of the Constitutional amendment providing for the direct election of Senators, who until then were elected by easily bought-off state legislators.

Of course, like water seeking its own level, big money finds its way around every obstacle, and was soon up to its old tricks, filling the pockets of friendly politicians. Today none dare call it treason. So how about calling it what it is: a friendly takeover of government. A leveraged buyout of democracy.

Outrageous? You bet. But don't just get mad. Get busy.

Sharee Spoltore and NSAI - September 16, 2009

When I am on the road, a lot of people ask me about songwriting. Some of them are the other musicians I work with and some of them are fans who are music hobbyists. If you are interested in learning more about songwriting, I highly recommend Nashville Songwriters Association International, or NSAI. NSAI helps songwriters at all levels from the novice to the music pro, providing advice and educational tools as well as going to bat with the Govt over our rights as creators.
Sheree Spoltore, the National Membership Director, is just about the most positive, enthusiastic and giving person I have had the honor to meet, and she is really trying to help the writers, not just in Nashville, but nationwide, to become better and more successful.
I highly recommend NSAI and it's team of hard-working, big-smiling volunteers and staffers. Check them out at:

Best Of Collection? - June 17, 2009

Howdy! I am planning to put together both a "best of" and a "live" CD and I am wondering if anyone has any favorite songs that they would like to see included.
Both CDs will feature music from Third Wish (Wyscan) - My solo Cds, "Deep Sky," " The Light Of Reason," "Madness and Desire, One Night In America," and Country and Midwestern.

Dean is available for Concerts In Your Home - March 25, 2009

My friend Fran started the wildy successful web-site /organization, "Concert In Your Home."
if you are an artist who is looking for something different, where people actually come to hear YOU, this might be a perfect fit. I have just joined and I am available to play for qualified hosts. If you are interested in being a host or an artist, check out:
and enjoy!

Country and Midwestern is back from Diskmakers - January 21, 2009

My new country Cd, "Country and Midwestern" is back from Diskmakers and I will ship them off to CD Baby as soon as DiskMakers sends me the new covers that don't make my face look like an oompa loompa.

Hopefully CD Baby will rip them and send them to iTunes and others asap so they will be available for everyone to download.

CD is DONE!!!!!!! - December 29, 2008

I have finished mixing and mastering "Country and Mid-western" and I will be sending it out for duplication the first week of January.

I have posted the song "Signs" which I have decided not to include on this CD for reasons I explain on the "Signs" page.

You can hear rough, un-mastered versions of some of the songs on my MySpace page:

I hope you like it!

Do I Want A Woman As President? - April 23, 2008

The simple answer is - yes. I have been waiting all of my life to see the right woman get elected as president of the USA. Do I want Hillary to win? No way.
Why not? I don't believe Hillary is the right woman. I have grown tired of hearing her tired, weak rhetoric, trying her best to be "folksy," sharing different fictional scenarios (in a robotic voice that seems to have been borrowed from Al Gore). A few of my favorite recent examples are the "90-year-old women who didn't even have the right to vote..." and how happy they would supposedly be to see Hillary as president (even though they couldn't have voted anyway because they were minus two years old at the time - national women’s suffrage did not exist until 1920. Hillary, you would have needed to talk to a group of 106-plus-year-olds).

Or how about the cute story of father with his little girl on his shoulders telling her "yes, you can be anything you want to be!" (If you graduate from Yale , become a rich lawyer and your husband become president, etc....).

Hillary even compared herself to fictional hero Rocky Balboa. C'mon girl - don't even go there.

Everything I hear out of Hillary's mouth these days is either some whimsical George-Bush-inspired-folksy-annecdote, or some silly, slanderous comment towards Barack Obama.

I hope everyone is paying attention to all of this. I mean REALLY paying attention. I am not saying that Barack Obama has not said anything negative about either Clinton or McCain . He probably has. I personally have never heard him say much about either, but every time I hear Obama speak, he addresses all of the issues that concern me and our nation in an intelligent and reasonable manner. He stays focused on the issues. He lets the facts speak for themselves - rais ipsa loquitur they say in Latin.
Hillary calls Barack a dreamer. Aren't we all dreamers? Whatever happened to the "American dream?" Was it negotiated away overseas to the highest bidder by a team of lawyers? To quote writer Arianna Huffington on dreaming big: "That's the problem with leaders like Lincoln, Kennedy, and Martin Luther King -- they just weren't realistic enough. King shouldn't have said, "I have a dream!," he should have said, "I have a realistic view of what we should settle for! We probably won't be able to pass the Civil Rights Act, but we might be able to pass a bill condemning segregated water fountains. You probably won't be able to sit at the front of the bus, but I might be able to get you to the middle."

Think about it...

Country and Midwestern - March 24, 2008

I have nearly completed the new country CD - "Country and Midwestern." I am just re-doing the scratch vocals and then I mix. I sang 5 songs today. I should have all 14 done by the end of the week.

For old fans, this will be something a little different, but if you liked "Deep Sky," you should like this one a lot.

Stay tuned!


Foodfight pushed back again... - February 19, 2008

The movie "Foodfight!" has been pushed back again - probably until September. The rendering is way behind schedule and Threshold has just purchased 90 more machines to try to finish the movie up.
Keith and Scott and I have a song in the movie, "Honor Is Ours," and I am hoping the movie and soundtrack are a smash.

Dean Madonia and Emerson Drive - December 16, 2007

Last night I was performing at "Mojo's" in Grand Rapids and the place was rockin. a pretty good night. Well, the night got better when Dale Wallace (keyboard)
Mike Melancon (drums) walked in and joined me for a 45 minute set after their show at the Van Andel Arena with Emerson Drive. I love their song "Moments (written by Sam and Annie Tate and Dave Berg) and I actually knew it. Some of the fans from the show were there and they wanted to hear an Emerson drive song and I got to sing one of my favorite songs with one of my new favorite bands! Sometimes good things happen to good people (and me too).

I am paying for the big night with a horrible day-after - Snowed-in at the Detroit airport waiting for a flight that might not take off till tomorrow. what do you make when life hands you snow? Sno-cones...At least i get a chance to ...drink Starbucks and...uh, eat Quiznos one of those fleece blankets I have been coveting for so long.

Dean's New CD - December 7, 2007

Get ready! I have almost completed tracking my new country music CD "Country and Midwestern. This Cd is all solo written and features my brother-man Val Evans on guitar, Randy "Red" Ridenour on Drums and Brian Eckert on bass. i will be playing guitars and keys. Bruce Boughton will be featured on pedal steel on a few songs and I am also going to have Larry Beaird cut some acoustic tracks. People that know me as a rocker should not be scared, I have been writing country for years and the two styles are starting to come together - It's country that rocks, Mid-western country - hence the title track.! Think Keith Urban, Rascall Flatts, meets Skynyrd and the Eagles.

For anyone who feels let down - never fear - a very angry un-marketable prog-influenced Cd is sure to follow!

Top Google Searches - June 25, 2007

Here is what I found for 2006 for top Google seaches:

1. bebo ( What?)
2. myspace
3. world cup
4. metacafe
5. radioblog
6. wikipedia
7. video
8. rebelde (again - what?)
9. mininova
10. wiki

Google News - Top Searches in 2006
1. paris hilton (why?)
2. orlando bloom
3. cancer (sad)
4. podcasting
5. hurricane katrina
6. bankruptcy
7. martina hingis (who?)
8. autism (sad)
9. 2006 nfl draft
10. celebrity big brother 2006 (dumb)

I can understand many of those searches, now I'll have to do a search to see what some of those things are. Don't get old!)
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