On Pass It Around, Donavon collaborates and injects new sounds in ways he had not attempted prior. "I definitely had a lot of ideas and it was fun putting trust in other people."
One of those people was producer Joe Chiccarelli, who aside from being a multiple Grammy Award-winner, has worked with everyone from Frank Zappa to The Raconteurs to My Morning Jacket. Donavon also enlisted some of his dearest musician friends including, Ben Harper on the title track, and Philadelphia's most famous surfer G. Love, who adds harmonica on "Sing a Song."
Collaborators can bring out a side of their creative partner that had previously been untapped. This was the case with Grant Lee Phillips and Frankenreiter on the track, "Mansions On The Sand."
If there is one song on Pass It Around that is snapshot of Donavon's organic and non-contrived lifestyle, it is the opening track, "Life, Love and Laughter." "Don't look back it won't do any good/Don't look ahead you'll be misunderstood/Everything you need could be right in front of you." For Donavon that maybe packing up his family and going to a far flung destination or he could be lazing with them at home in Laguna Beach, as long as there's love in the room, he's there.
With some old buddies, new compatriots and a new M.O., Donavon Frankenreiter is more than pleased with the music they made together. He concludes, "I feel this is the best body of work I've done. This is where I am now and where I've come from."