Tropical Paradise

by Jon on December 1, 2010

Here is a fun little project I did last year.  A total departure from the music I usually play, it’s a recording of an original composition I call “Tropical Paradise”.  It is based partly on an experience I had many years ago while visiting one of the Hawaiian Islands.

First you must close your eyes, relax and imagine you are lying on a lovely beach on a remote and beautiful tropical island.  You and someone very special are all alone there together.  As you look around, all you can see for miles are the beautiful blue and blue-green waters of the ocean, the sandy beach lined with green trees and shrubbery in both directions until they encounter red lava cliffs in the distance.  You can hear the waves gently washing up on the beach as you sip something refreshing and enjoy the peaceful and lovely surroundings.  Off in the distance you can see white puffy clouds out over the water and moving towards you.  As you watch them and listen to the soothing sounds of the waves, you begin to doze off.  Everything is lovely beyond words, so peaceful and perfect.  You drift off into a deep sleep, suspended in time there on the warm sand.  Suddenly you are jarred awake by the loud crack of thunder!  While you slept, a tropical thunderstorm had moved in and now it is pouring rain.  Even the rain is beautiful and warm; so the two of you snuggle up together and watch it come down and listen to the waves, the rain and the rolling thunder.  You think to yourself, “This must be a dream and I never want to wake up”.

Lovely Beach

Lovely Tropical Beach

I hate to spoil the illusion.  But I’ve added tracks for the background rhythm and accompanying sound effects.  And though the concept is based on my Hawaiian experience, the thunderstorm was actually recorded here at my home in Murrieta.  Everything else was done on synth guitar (and “on location” inside my head).  The photo is of the black sand beach in Maui located “on the road to Hana”.

I hope you enjoy “Tropical Paradise”.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.   Close your eyes and let your imagination go.

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Myrtle Wahl December 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

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And a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you.
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Stefanie Pappalardo December 4, 2010 at 7:49 am

Thanks for sharing Jon, that was some great music!

Rich December 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I remember driving down to Hana, The Seven Sacred Pools, and Charles Lindbergh’s Gravesite, all at the southern tip of Maui. A 60 mile narrow two-lane road, with more twists and turns than an Agatha Cristie novel. And since you can only average about 10 miles an hour, it takes 6 hours to get there and 6 hours to get back to Lahaina. It’s a beautiful drive, but it would become very tedious after a couple hours, if it weren’t for all the beauty you see on the way down. Thinking back, I could have used your music to listen to on the way down to Hana, and beyond. BTW, I read that the reason Maui so lush and green, is due it’s daily rainfall which occurs 365 days a year.

Michelle December 2, 2010 at 9:10 am

Nice Jon,

I really enjoyed listening this morning. What a way to start the day!

Thanks,
Michelle

Mike Kohloff December 2, 2010 at 12:00 am

Jon,
That was a very smooth blend of emotionally calming but mentally stimulating. Very enjoyable & nicely done.
I would like to have the lightning strikes about 5 miles further away, but that’s just nervous little me.
Mike

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