Archive for December 27th, 2020

Kimo Cornwell – Hawaii State Of Mind

Kimo Cornwell‘s first ever CD “Hawaii State of Mind”, is available since 2018. Kimo wanted to do a CD that would reflect his ties to Hawaii. The 9 originals that he wrote are very diverse in musical style and tell a story of personal loss, local food eateries, Hawaiian spirituality, and well known places and a song for his wonderful wife called “Song For Kepola” (Kepola is Hawaiian for Debbie).

The 4 classic Hawaiian covers that he picked are all well known in the islands, and he really tried to bring something different to them. “Pupu Hinuhinu” (means shiny shells in Hawaiian) is from a revered family of song in Hawaii, The Beamers, and it is usually beautifully performed as a simple lullaby. He turned it inside-out and gave it an aggressive jazz-Latin sort of treatment. “Nani Waimea” (means beautiful Waimea), which is written for a beautiful place on the Big Island of Hawaii, is given a Latin-jazz funk vibe. “Kimo Henderson Hula” was written for a person who owned a beautiful estate above the town of Hilo. A beautiful melody and story of appreciation for a dear friend to Helen Desha Beamer who wrote the song to thank him for his friendship. “Akaka Falls” is a song that was written for a well known waterfall on the Big Island. I’ve always loved this song and he gives it sort of a jazz-bossa feel.

There are 2 songs that he wrote in tribute to 3 family members that he sadly lost during this project. “She Wore A Haku Lei” was written for his dear mother. “We used to call her the ‘energizer bunny’ because of her endless energy. She had a vibrant personality and a zest for life. She lived a very full life to the young age of 98. “Wave Rider” was written for my 2 brothers who used to surf a lot and I try to give you that feeling of riding a wave.” Continue reading