It’s a Livin’

Waikiki Magazine - - IPLAY - By Waikiki Team

Get into the beachy, sand, surf and sun vibe with Dono­van Franken­re­iter’s lat­est al­bum, Start Livin’. The Hawai‘i-based singer/gui­tarist/ song­writer’s nine-track se­lec­tion of folk-in­fused songs pro­vide an in­ti­mate feel, as if you were sit­ting in on a beach­front kanikapila. And, it’s no won­der, since the al­bum is bi­o­graph­i­cal with sen­ti­ments straight from the song­writer’s heart. “Start Livin’ is ba­si­cally a love al­bum,” says Franken­re­iter, who co­pro­duced the record with Matt Grundy and Adam Able­man. “Most of the songs are about my wrie and our two boys, and the life that we’ve built to­gether in Hawai‘i.” Stand-out tracks in­clude the ti­tle song, “West Coast Fool,” which features the un­likely combo of a banjo and Ti­betan singing bowl, “Shine” and the poignant “A.I.,” writ­ten for Franken­re­iter’s friend, the late cham­pion surfer, Andy Irons. Avail­able at mu­sic re­tail­ers through­out Waikiki.

photo: courtesy sony mu­sic

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