Tuesday, May 01, 2007

I took this picture in the highlands of Iceland, with its stunningly barren black lava gravel, immense sweeping views, grand changing skies of rain and sun... but the rainbow is universal. This song by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole makes me cry every time I hear it - the music coupled with the tender words makes me crumple into soaking tears without fail. (Hence my tissue is soaked because I've now watched these two slideshows numerous times in making this post).

Israel "Bruddah Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole (May 20, 1959 - June 26, 1997) was a musician who lived in Hawaii until his death at the age of 38. He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993 with his medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World", which was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and commercials.


Kamakawiwo'ole was nicknamed "The Gentle Giant" by his admirers. He was described as always cheerful and positive, and he was best known for his love of the land and of the people of Hawaii. Through his consummate ukulele playing and incorporation of other idioms (such as jazz and reggae), Iz remains one of the major influences in Hawai'ian music over the last 15 years.

I was so sad to hear of his passing at such a young age - truly his music was beautiful and caused happiness and good feelings to surround all who listened. The world lost a lot with his moving on..

10 comments:

Tom & Icy said...

Beautiful picture! And that was a nice video of the song.

Autumn Storm said...

Such a beautiful song, I listen to it often and it never gets tired. Beautiful picture in this post too. :-)

Jodes said...

nice. thanks for coming by.

Toby said...

Wonderful picture! He sounds like a stand up guy. Too bad he didn't take better care of himself.

weatherchazer said...

That picture is beautiful- and the song goes with it so well.

jillie said...

That song make me leak every time I hear him sing it and he's the only one that was ever able to make me do it. How sad he left us at a young age. Beautiful picture as always Terry! The contrasting colors is unbelievable...

BTW...I wanted to tag you but I still haven't followed through on your tag, can't figure out all the details yet with getting everyone's avatar and so on. Thinking doesn't come that easily for me....LMOA....

How's the preparing coming along for your trip?? I'm starting to get my "shit" together now because I have to go to WI first...ugh.

xo

G said...

Oh I'll have to listen later from home. THe picture itself is quite beautiful. I was introduced to Iz in Central Snark by Neva and when we visited Mo'a, she had his lovely music playing. It had such an ethereal yet earthy quality to it. I'll be back later.

Outdoorsy Girl said...

Terry...Oh how I've missed your beautiful pics and touching posts! SOrry I haven't been around in such a LONG time. Life has been (still is) crazy!

Keshi said...

beautiful indeed!

Keshi.

jillie said...

3 MORE WEEKS girl!! I'll be you just can't stand it!

Hope you have a great day ;o)