GENE MITCHELL: VacationThe 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!
ABOUT GENE MITCHELL
Gene Mitchell was born and raised in a harbor town on the coast of Georgia where he began writing and performing music. He served our country in the United States Navy for 21 years and was decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal from the President of the United States among other Medals from the Secretary of the Navy. He continued his songwriting and performing while in the Navy, and earned two college degrees with honors. During his 21 years in the Navy wrote and produced over 100 songs about sailing and adventures in more than 30 countries he visited. Though his music still maintains that southern style, his years in Hawaii, the South Pacific and the Caribbean strongly influence his jazzy island styles.
Gene has continued to write since becoming a full time musician and has released even more high quality CDs and his albums feature such artists as John Raymond (guitarist for Kenny G), Amy Lee (saxophonist for Jimmy Buffett) and Troy King (current writer of the music for Temptation Island on Fox) and Rick Cathaway (bassist for the Osmonds). Two of Gene's CDs feature artwork by world famous Florida artist Paul Brent.
Gene's children's book "Welcome To Florida" with sing-a-long CD is sold throughout Florida.
Gene's song "Greetings From Florida," from the CD of the same title, is currently used as the theme song for "The Morning Show," broadcast live Monday through Friday at 7:00am on FOX, Channel 8 - WPGX, Northwest Florida's newest live television show, hosted by Tom Najjar.
Gene's songs can be found on several compilation CDs, "Songs For Sailors, Volume One" published by the national boating magazine "Lattitudes and Attitudes (The Cruising Lifestyle)", "Sailing" published by Migration Music, and "Thongs In The Key Of Life, Volume 2" published by Lulu Records, to name a few. Go to YAHOO.com and search "Gene Mitchell" to find out where Gene has been and is going. Click on News/Gigs on this site for updated information.
"Gene Mitchell's lyrics are thought provoking and his melodies sing-a-long, a winning combination."
- quote by Norman Saleet
(songwriter for the Billboard #1 hit by Air Supply "Here I Am" and Salena's hit "Where Did The Feeling Go")
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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