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Honolulu, I'm Coming Back Again

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Patrick VW - vocals
Ginai - bg vocals
Dennis OHanlon - guitar
Fred Sokolow - ukulele
Lynn Shipley Sokolow - bass
Mike Couchois - drums
Greg Sardinha - Hawaiian steel guitar
Recorded by Patrick VW, Pierre Grill
Mixed by Patrick VW

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I first heard this song in the mid 1970's when I recorded a Hawaiian singer named Ginger Johnson. I fell in love with it as soon as I heard it. She had a flowing fingerpicking guitar style and her voice was like an angel. I sang along for 35 years and played the song live, with the Hot Club of Hulaville and on solo dates.

I thought it would be a good fit for the SWANKY album - since it was an old time song. I thought of calling Ginger, who lives on Maui and still plays great music - but I thought I should do my own version.

I had given the song to my pal, Dennis OHanlon a few years ago and he loved it. I asked him if he would play the acoustic and I'd get his pal Fred Sokolow to play ukulele.

We had a great session with Fred, his wife Lynne Shipley on bass and Dennis on guitar as I sang it live. We played it a few times and got a take that we all liked. I added Mike Couchois on drums and he gave it a nice simple rhythm and flavor.

I then brought it to Hawaii and asked the amazing Hawaiian steel guitar player, Greg Sardinha, to add his magic. He did and it really took us to the south pacific. Ginai came in and added some ooohs and aaahs and it sounded even more dreamy.

This song is about my hometown and I really do relate to it - it's fun to sing "right back to Diamondhead" since I live there. I hope you enjoy it.

VWPC-13-008-M.mp3: Honolulu, I'm Coming Back Again; 2:43

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