The Crooner’s Weekly TOP 5 (8.15.12)
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I always have my iPod with me. It’s my personal jukebox.
Living in New York City, I spend a lot of time traveling underground via subway–and those rides can be long and boring! But having a collection of great music with me at all times keeps me from losing my mind. I can escape to a tropical isle with the push of a button. Portable paradise!
Here are the TOP 5 SONGS from my iPod this week:
1. Lei Poinaʻole (Genoa Keawe’s recording on the album By Request)
One of my all-time favorite voices? Aunty Genoa Keawe. One of my all-time favorite ladies? Aunty Genoa Keawe.
Her voice and distinctive strum have “set the standard” for so many songs–and this is no exception. Every time I’ve ever thought of this song, it’s the voice of the beloved Aunty Genoa that rings in my ears.
And how could you not love a song that opens with “You are my beloved, unforgettable lei…”
*Please click HERE to visit Aunty Genoa’s website.
2. For You A Lei (Andy Iona and the Islanders’ recording on the album Hawaiians In Hollywood)
My “time warp favorite” this week is this song as recorded by Andy Iona and the Islanders. I mean, it’s really like opening a window and stepping back into 1934. That classic ʻukulele strum, the slide guitar, the vocal harmonies…
I am so thankful we have recordings from this era. I could listen to ‘em all day!
*Please click HERE to read more about Andy Iona.
3. Honouliwai (Eddie Akio Waimakanui Tanaka, Jr’s recording on the album Mystical Molokaʻi)
You guys know how much I love the island of Molokai. And how the island’s East End holds a special place in my heart…
Well, Eddie Waimakanui Tanaka’s song about Honouliwai, the bay that’s also celebrated in Uncle Dennis Kamakahi’s Wahine ʻIlikea, is a special song in my heart.
And he should know the bay well–his home is right there! He captures the magic of that special place so beautifully.
A hauntingly beautiful new song about the island of Molokai and the bay known as Honouliwai. Fantastic!
*Please click HERE to visit Eddie’s website
4. Kauaʻi Nani Lā (Robi Kahakalau’s recording on the album Sistah Robi)
This week, I’ve been feeling a need to listen to the voice of the one and only Sistah Robi. Soulful to the max!
This song describes the beauty of the island of Kauaʻi. Her voice reminds me of Stevie Nicks on this track–and when the harmonies join her, it reminds me of Fleetwood Mac.
And yet, at the same time, it’s a distinct and very unique sound. Distinctly island. Distinctly Hawaiian.
And oh, so beautiful.
It tugs at my heart. (And brings a tear to my eye.)
*Please click HERE to visit Robi’s website.
5. Keiki Slack Key (Sonny Chillingworth’s recording on the album Endlessly)
I love kī hōʻalu, Hawaiian slack key guitar music.. And I especially love it when it’s played by a master like Uncle Sonny.
This song bounces. That’s the word that comes to my mind when I listen to it. And it’s peppered with familiar melodic passages from children’s nursery rhymes. It’s fun. It’ll make you smile.
And it reminds me to take a much needed deep breath. Right on.
Please click HERE to read more about Uncle Sonny.
What are YOU listening to? Drop me a line and let me know!
And, as always, a giant MAHALO to Puna and the gang at www.mele.com for being an awesome Hawaiian music resource. You all make the world a better place! I’m DEFINITELY thankful for that!
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