Old plantation idealized


POSTED: Friday, December 25, 2009

'Aloha Maui Pine'

Byl Leonard
(JML Productions)

; Hawaii song writers have commemorated many events over the years. Byl Leonard brings the tradition forward with this timely requiem for Maui Land & Pine.

Long-time residents will remember Leonard as one of the winners on Ron Jacobs' first “;Homegrown”; album for KKUA in 1976. Thirty-three years later he is still writing and recording “;acoustic island rock”; but using modern technology to give this solo project the full-bodied sound of a group.

The title song recalls with fond nostalgia the idealized plantation society of old. Four other songs—including a newly recorded version of “;Living in Hawaii,”; his 1976 “;Homegrown”; winner—make this a five-song showcase.

Leonard's lyric images of local life will resonate with island residents and expatriates everywhere.

His label plans to release the EP in traditional CD form. The songs are also available at myspace.com/bylleonard and at www.amazon.com/mp3music.



;» ”;Aloha Maui Pine”;