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Sharing Germs and Learning Tunes

Monday, November 21, 2011

This weekend, I realized that the kids I’ve been working with at an elementary school here in NYC have shared so much with me.  Not only their hearts and their music–but also their GERMS!

Auē!

On Friday night, about 24 hours after my session had ended with the kids the day before, I noticed that I wasn’t feeling well.  My body ached and I had small-kine chills.  But as soon as I realized it had probably come from hanging out with the kids the day before, I couldn’t help but laugh.  They really DO share everything.

I’m happy to repot that I’m “on the mend.”  The worst seems to be over and I look forward to feeling better–and fully recovered!–by Thanksgiving.

In other news:

Earlier today, I sat down to start working on a song that has won my heart this week, PUA ʻAʻALIʻI.

This Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winning song (composed by Lee Ann ʻĀnuenue Pūnua) totally blew me away the first time I heard it.  (Please click HERE to read an article about that awards ceremony.)  It was a few years ago, so the circumstances of where I heard it are lost somewhere in my memory banks.  I do remember loving it.  (**Note:  I have started to carry index cards with me because I am constantly making “mental notes” about music that I hear, but those “mental notes” don’t always stay with me for very long…)

On Friday night, I was listening to Kawika Alfiche’s CD, Kaleʻa, and the song came on.  Ah! I recognized it immediately!  I stopped what I was doing so that I could peek at the song’s title.  I might have even said aloud, “This is a song I should learn.”

And then at a party on Saturday night, I heard the song, AGAIN!

So I sat down and started looking at the song this morning.  And you know what?  I triple love it.

I love its simple structure–no need for a complicated melody, vocal acrobatics or a complicated structure when you’ve got a song that expresses so much beauty in four short verses.  Each verses has only two lines!  A real testament to Ānuenue Pūnua and her compositional skills.  I tip my hat to you, for sure!

The song is haunting.  It stays with me.  I find myself humming it while I work.  (In fact, I’ve been humming it the whole time I’ve been writing this blog post!)

And I look forward to “going deep” while I study it–chewing slowly and carefully and really allowing it to sink into my bones.

I love a song like that, don’t you?

Happy Monday, gang!  How was YOUR weekend?  Drop me a line and let me know…

5 Responses to “Sharing Germs and Learning Tunes”

  1. james says:

    Great post! Keep Chewing…

  2. Nicole Thibadeaux says:

    Jason, don’t forget to swallow!

    My weekend; we held an open house memorial gathering for Grandma Peggy at our home. Our friends took care of everything: invitations, potluck, dishes (they brought them & cleaned them too!) – true Hawaiian style, tho’ they’re mostly jewish – ! Lots of photo albums, slideshow on the T.V. lots of talking story. All Peggy’s favorite foods were served -clam dip, baked yams & butter, chardonnay, those little maple leaf-shaped sandwich cookies – you know the ones? Some of the youth played piano in honor of her memory.

    It was not too big, not too small, not too hard, not too soft…just right.

  3. Jason! Pua `A`ali`i -one of my all time favorites! Nice to read your blogs Jason – hope you folks are keeping warm over there!

  4. Eleanor says:

    How happy am I that you are adding this mele to your repertoire? I love, love LOVE this mele. One of my favorite hulas to dance to and I can’t wIt to hear your rendition of this song.

    Me ke aloha
    Eleanor

  5. Auntie Maria says:

    I fell in love with this mele the first time I heard it — 1999 CD “Ho`okena 5″ by Ho`okena, with their gorgeous harmonies. But I’ve subsequently become a huge fan of Kawika’s version…almost totally solo, and great!