Recently I have gone through my personal archives and I’ve found videos I shot while still on Maui that were never posted or shared. Two of them feature songs from my latest CD release “Snap Shots”. The original Chapman Stick composition “Little Miss Laptop” was shot in the living room of my Lahaina apartment on the new SG-12 Stick Guitar instrument. The oldie, “Sleepwalk” was shot at the Whalers Village Concert series in Kaanapali and the Maui Photo Collage was put together in 2009 using the original tune “Front Street Stroll” from my CD release “Hawaiian Paradise”. My personal favorite is the heavy metal version of “Blue Hawaii” that was shot in the hills of Launiopoco with the island of Lanai in the background. I got so tired of playing the Elvis version of this old movie tune that I had to do something to retain my sanity. I also used the SG-12 Stick Guitar instrument in this video. To see any of these videos go to my YouTube channel by clicking the link below (or copying and pasting into your Internet browser):
In other musical news, I’ve just completed my latest release “The Chapman Stick Meets The Beatles- Volume Two” and it should appear on CDBaby and iTunes in the next week for purchase as a digital download. My first Beatles CD (Volume One) has been one of my most popular CDs ever since it’s release in May 2011. I still love The Beatles and there’s no shortage of great Beatles tunes to reinterpret on The Chapman Stick: so why not? On this new Beatles album, I’ve introduced a lot of new sounds and textures using a Stick outfitted with a guitar synthesizer. It’s a whole new sound for The Stick and a new take on 15 more great Beatles tunes. I think you’ll enjoy them!
This weekend, I’ll be under the banyan tree in Old Town Lahaina for another art fair sponsored by the Lahaina Art Society. Here’s a shot from a recent fair. Everyone looks happy, eh? Hope to see you.
More happy faces.
Many thanks to all of you who purchased my Christmas CD “Frosty The Stickman” over the holidays last year. I enjoyed hearing from you and happy to know that my music accompanied you during those present wrapping session and holiday celebrations. The photo above is from a concert I gave during the holidays here in Lahaina. Now we are well into the new year and Spring is right around the corner. I know some of you in the colder regions are looking forward to that. Here on Maui we are blessed with good weather all year long, so anytime you need some warmth and sunshine, please pay us a visit. Just a quick update: I’m just now finishing up recording on my 11th CD release and I expect it to be available sometime in the next couple of months. If you’d like me to keep you posted, please sign up for my periodic emails below. In the meantime, I’m sending you the biggest aloha!
Hi Gang- I’m happy to announce that my new CD, “Suntan Lady” is almost here. The official release will be towards the end of July (perfect weather for surfing, right?) We’re planning on a CD Release Party to be held here in Lahaina at Lulu’s sometime in late July or early August. If you’re not already on my email list, please sign up below and I’ll be sure to send you an invitation. This is my 10th audio CD in as many years and I’m very pleased with the original graphics that were specially made for this CD by Sean Rhys Stirling. Here’s a sneak preview. Have a great summer- SURF’S UP !!
Here’s a short little video (3:28) that I thought you might enjoy. It was recorded on West Maui at a holiday concert performed on Christmas Eve 2009. The sun sets behind Lanai just as the song concludes. Yes- I can control the Sun! LOL 🙂
If you enjoy the video, please leave a comment. Or, better yet- subscribe to my video feed and you’ll be notified by email anytime I put up a new one. Still working on the new CD. It will be my tenth audio CD release in as many years. I’ve written a half dozen new originals for the album and there will be some great covers, as well. They include ‘White Sandy Beach’, ‘Daydream’ and even a Santana tune, ‘Flor de Luna’. I think you’ll enjoy the new CD and I’ll let you know as soon as it is ready to ship.
To watch Maui Sunset Song, click below-
After a year of writing and recording here on Maui, I’m very happy to announce that my new CD, “Hawaiian Paradise” is now available and ready to ship! It is my 11th independent release. Woo hoo! It was mixed and mastered by three-time Grammy award winning sound engineer, Dave Russell, and it features four tracks with veteran pedal steel guitarist, Don McClellan. I’m certain it will become one of your favorites. It’s posted here on my website (below) so go have a listen! (You can also find it at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/kollwitz10