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The idea for �Vacation� came to me four years ago after moving to Florida. However, the songs for the CDs �Down Island Way� and �Greetings From Florida� took priority. After the release of those CDs in 2001 and 2002, I began to focus on writing songs with the theme �vacation.� After each new song was written, I went ahead and arranged, charted and recorded it. At the beginning of 2003 I had five of the songs recorded for �Vacation.� Wanting to share the new songs with fans and friends, I released the compilation CD �Island Party� in March 2003, which contained upbeat party songs from my previous CDs and two new songs, �Make Mine A Pina Colada� and �Cuba Groove.� Footnote: �Cuba Groove� predicted Jimmy Buffett (referred to as �that Margarita Man� in the song) winning a Grammy. Sure enough, almost two years after the song was written and several months after the song was released on �Island Party,� Jimmy won a Grammy for the duet with Alan Jackson on �It�s Five O�clock Somewhere.� Congratulations Jimmy!
�Island Party� became a popular CD over the summer of 2003 as it contained what most tourists and tropical fans wanted, a CD full of nothing but upbeat island party songs. The summer of 2003 brought many more ideas and life experiences and by the fall of 2003 I had an additional four songs written and recorded. Again, not having enough songs for the �Vacation� CD, but wanting to share the new songs, I released another compilation CD. Two new songs, �Sail-ebration� and �Life On A Boat,� along with �Sailing On St. Andrew�s Bay� from my children�s book �Welcome To Florida,� were combined with other sailings songs from my previous CDs and released in December 2003 on the compilation CD �Sail-ebration.�
When I plan a CD, I begin to write songs with the planned title and theme in mind. Like chapters in a book, all the songs must fit together and carry the listener on the mental and emotional adventure I have planned for them. Because all the songs over the past two years were written for the CD �Vacation� and fit together in a planned sequence, the four new songs previously released on �Island Party� and �Sail-ebration� are included on this CD as well. I also included �Texas Moon� as a bonus track. It is a remake of my song �Florida Moon� from the CD �Greetings From Florida,� however it is recorded in the upbeat Texas swing style and sings of, obviously, a Texas moon instead.
Now, as the summer of 2004 approaches, all the songs for �Vacation� are complete. The final result is one BIG CD of 15 tracks and almost one full hour of fun and adventure. I hope �Vacation� will result in a lifetime of listening pleasure for everyone that has supported my music over the years and those discovering the music of �The Big Coconut� for the first time. I humbly and sincerely say �thank you� to all. Enjoy the music and, by all means, go on VACATION!
2. Caribbean Crazy
4. Sugarcane Is Sweet
6. Make Mine A Pina Colada
7. Coconut Girl
9. Coconut In The Tiki Hut
10. Looking Forward To Nothing To Do
11. Dance Among The Stars
12. Texas Moon
13. Life On A Boat
14. Cuba Groove
15. Parrot Bay