A- for Pass It Around
Never having heard of this Donavon before, I was intrigued to hear some great song by him on a recent trip to Florida, and talk about your karma! Upon my return, what lands on my desk but this new CD by Mr. F, who apparently goes by his first name, judging by the size of the type they use here for his last name.
So you have this professional surfer dude, who also sings this groovy, mellow stuff, maybe from seeing some great sunsets all over the world, I figure, and he once rented a room from Jack Johnson’s parents in Hawaii, and they became pals. And another of Johnson’s musician pals, Ben Harper, makes a singing appearance here on the title cut. For the first time, Donavon uses some collaborators in songwriting, and some are notable: Grant Lee Phillips, Thad Cockrell and Mike Daly of Whiskeytown.
With song titles like "Too Much Water" and "Mansions on the Sand," it’s easy to see where Donavon finds inspiration.
And even for those of us who get no closer to a surfboard than having one of those Endless Summer posters in our apartment in the 1960s, this is great stuff, from his voice to the lyrics and the vibe.