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ukulele Croonerʻs Weekly TOP 3 iPod Jason Poole Accidental Hawaiian Crooner

Aloha kākou!

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. Aloha Kuʻu Pua (Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs’s recording on the album Night Club Hula…Hawaiian Style)

This recording of Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs & His Royal Hawaiians makes me smile.  I mean, it makes my heart smile.  I love this song–a declaration of love.  Four verses–each verse only 2 lines long.  And yet it says so much!

His delivery of the song is simple and elegant.  A true Hawaiian crooner!

It calls to mind images of Waikīkī and live music on the beach.

2. Rain Kilikilihune (Auntie Agnes Malabey Weisbarth & the Makaha Serenaders’ recording on the album Sunset at Makaha)

Are you looking for strong female voices?  Tight vocal harmonies?  Simple yet powerful arrangements?  A song in the classic Hawaiian style?  Then you’re in luck!  This is it!

Auntie Agnes (I’m told she went by “Aggie”) and the Makaha Serenaders rock my world.  This whole album has a backyard “kanikapila”/jam session feel to it.  And it’s a jam session with world class musicians!  Right on!

3. Mele O Lānaʻi (Weldon Kekauoha’s recording on the album Ka Lehu ʻUla)

We don’t hear enough songs about the wonderful island of Lānaʻi.

Thankfully, this classic song by Val Kepilino is one that we hear, occasionally.  And the one-and-only Weldon Kekauoha does it so beautifully!  One of my favorite versions, for sure.

His falsetto is so smooth!  And the way he sings/pronounces the Hawaiian–wow!  So fantastic!  So much emotion!  A crooner to study and learn from.

I triple love this recording and listen to it all the time.  True story.

4. Falling (Keahiwai’s recording on the album Satisfied)

Back in the days when I was only beginning to learn about Hawaiian music, the sounds of Keahiwai dominated the Hawaiian radio–at least the internet radio I was able to stream on my computer at work!  I listened to their voices and imagined how wonderful it must be to spend your lives singing/sharing Hawaiian music.  I considered them to be some of the luckiest people on the planet.

And now when I hear this song, I’m taken back to those magical days–days where it felt like I was finally “waking up” from the sleep I’d been in and falling in love with Hawaiʻi.

Their music will always be magical for me.  Mahalo for that, Mailani and Lei!

5. Livin’ On A Easy (Gabby Pahinui & Group’s recording on the album The Waimea Music Festival)

Wanna relive a magical moment in Hawaiian musical history?

This song was recorded at the now-legendary Waimea Music Festival that was held on May 19, 1974 (according to the album’s liner notes).  The whole album rocks as a LIVE album–complete with hoots and hollers from the audience.  I like to listen to the album with headphones on.  It adds to the experience!

I love how the audience cheers when this song starts.  And knowing what I know about Gabby “Pops” Pahinui, I’m sure he was jamming with some great musicians that day.  (I’m sure some of the readers will know the names of everyone that made up his group that day!  Please share ‘em if you do!)

It’s fun.  And not only because it’s live.  It’s also a real lesson in how to play Hawaiian music.  (And how to play it well!)

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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The Crooner’s Weekly “TOP 5″ (11.2.11)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

ukulele Croonerʻs Weekly TOP 3 iPod Jason Poole Accidental Hawaiian Crooner

Aloha kākou!

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. ʻAlika (Genoa Keawe’ recording on the album Party Hulas)

Aunty Genoa Keawe is one of my all-time favorite Hawaiian performers.  But she’s so much more than that to me.  She inspires me every day–making me want to learn more and to help to keep Hawaiian music alive.  I keep a photo of the two of us at my desk.  I see her smile while I work.

This week, on Monday, she would have turned 93 years old!  So to honor her birthday–and her amazing legacy–I thought we should open the Weekly “TOP 5″ with a song that’s become one of her signature songs, ʻAlika!

By the time I started going to Waikīkī to see Aunty Genoa and her amazing band of musicians sing at their weekly show, she was already in her 80s.  But you never would have guessed it–especially when she sang this song.  It was like she could hold the notes FOREVER!

I miss you, Tūtū.  But I’m so happy to have your recordings to listen to!  So ʻono!

(**Crooner Note:  I think the album PARTY HULAS  is one that every Hawaiian musician and hula dancer should own.  It’s fantastic!)

*Please click HERE to visit Aunty Genoa’s website.

2. Kalamaʻula (Vickie IʻI Rodrigues and Her Family’s recording on the album Nā Mele ‘Ohana)

I love this Molokai song–about the area on the island known as Kalamaʻula.  It’s a well-known favorite, covered by many, many artists.  A song you’ll recognize immediately if you listen to Hawaiian music.

I love the way it’s sung in this recording.  Simply.  Beautifully.  The voice floats like the wind above the land in Kalamaʻula.

This recording is very similar to how my own teacher, my hānai father, Pops, sings it in Hālawa Valley.  I got all teary-eyed the other day when I listened to it.

*Please click HERE to read about an event earlier this year that honored Aunty Vickie and her ‘ohana.  The page has a great bio about her and her contribution to Hawaiian music.

3. Pua ʻAla Aumoe , EŌ Mai (Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett’s recording on the album E Hoʻomau Ka Hā O Ka Hawaiʻi)

This song has haunted me (in a good way!) all week.  The hui, chorus, with it’s “Eō mai!” echoes over and over in my head.  Which illustrates Kawaikapuokalani Hewett’s amazing composition skills. “Eō mai!” (sometimes written as E ō mai!”) means “Answer me.”  That should be a stand-out lyric.  And he’s crafted the melody to do just that.  It echoes.

The song is about a flower that blooms in the night.  At least that’s what it’s about in a literal sense.

I can see a lovely hula being danced to it in my mind’s eye.

*Please click HERE to visit Kawaikapuokalani K. Hewett’s website.

4. To Be Lonely (Country Comfort’s recording on the album We Are The Children)

A blast from the past!

You guys know how much I love a great 1970′s vibe in song.  And this song totally has it!

The legendary group from Waimanalo, Country Comfort, recorded some of my favorite tunes.  And this week, this song has captured my heart.  In my mind, it could be a sister song/brother song to another tune, Delta Dawn.

The lyrics are poignant.  But it’s the vocals, the jammin’ arrangement, the cool harmonies.  It could be remade today and fit in to any radio’s playlist.

I dig it.  True story.

5. Kauaʻi Beauty (Gabby Pahinui’s recording on the album Rabbit Island Music Festival)

Every once in a great while I’ll hear a song and have to stop and  say, “Wow… now that’s something special!”

The legendary Gabby Pahinui sings this mele–one of my favorite songs–in a way that really feels like it’s a voice reaching out from the past.  The sound of old Hawaiʻi.  His falsetto–wow…

It’s like it reaches way down inside me and pulls at my heart.

*Please click HERE to visit Gabby Pahinui an the Waimanalo Kanikapila’s website.

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!

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Hawaiian Music at the Gym? (Part 2)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last month I posted about searching for the ULTIMATE PLAYLIST to listen to while I run on the treadmill at the gym.

I can’t stand the “cardio-pumping” mixes that have been produced specifically for the treadmill. They just weren’t what I was looking for.

Well…

I’ve been listening to tons of Hawaiian music while running and I’ve been LOVING it!

At first, I tried making my own mixes of tunes. And they were ok–but they weren’t great. It was like I was still stuck on trying to hit the ULTIMATE mix that would keep me going. What was the problem?

Finally, I asked myself “What are you looking for?”

I want to listen to a mix that might play on a Hawaiian radio station.

The songs don’t all have to be my favorites. They don’t even have to all be familiar! (Sometimes it’s even BETTER if I don’t know the song–it helps me learn it!)

So I built a playlist on iTunes using the “Genius” feature. I don’t know ANYTHING about computers or technology. But this was cool. I picked Gabby Pahinui’s song MOONLIGHT LADY and the computer picked 99 other songs from my collection that went with it.

The Verdict?

I listened to the mix today while I ran. I set the timer on the treadmill for the maximum amount of time (6o minutes at this gym) and pressed PLAY on the iPod.

One hour later, I was finished with a killer workout. And I was smiling from ear to ear. The mix was fantastic! It was like being able to stream Hawaiian 105 KINE on my iPod! (Maybe someday we’ll be able to do that. Until then, this is a good substitute!)

So I’m publishing it here for you with links to the albums!!

Here are the 16 songs that played over the course of the hour and the cool-down:

1. Moonlight Lady (Gabby Pahinui’s recording on the album, The Panini Collection)

2 Hanakeoki (Eddie Kamae & the Sons of Hawaiʻi’s recording on the album, Eddie Kamae: Sons of Hawaiʻi)

3. Sun Lite, Moon Lite (Country Comfort’s recording on the album, We Are The Children)

4. Kuʻu Home O Kahaluʻu (Olomana’s recording on the album, Like A Seabird in the Wind)

5. Kāwika (The Sunday Manoa’s recording on the album, Guava Jam)

6. Waika (The Brothers Cazimero’s recording on the album, The Best of the Brothers Cazimero)

7. Wai Paheʻe (Eddie Kamae & the Sons of Hawaiʻi’s recording on the album, Eddie Kamae: Sons of Hawaiʻi)

8. All Hawaiʻi Stand Together (Dennis Pavao’s recording on the album, All Hawaiʻi Stand Together)

9. Pua Maeʻole (Raiatea Helm’s recording ont he album, Sweet and Lovely)

10. Kona Daze (Kalapana’s recording on the album, Best of Kalapana Vol. 2 )

11. Lei Nani (Gabby Pahinui’s recording ont he album, The Panini Collection)

12. Seabreeze (Keola and Kapono Beamer’s recording on the album, Honolulu City Lights)

13. Hale Aliʻi O Waimaka (Amy Hanaialiʻi Gilliom & Willie K.’s recording on the album, Hawaiian Tradition)

14. Good Morning (Willie K.’s recording on the album, The Uncle In Me)

15. Kananaka (ʻAleʻa’s recording on the album, Take Me Home)

16. Jealous Guy (The Pahinui Brothers’ recording on the album, The Panini Collection)

So I think I’ll have some fun with this “Genius” playlist for a while. I’ve got 83 more songs to go before it repeats! Cool!

What do YOU listen to when you exercise?

**Crooner Note: PLEASE SUPPORT HAWAIIAN ARTISTS AND BUY HAWAIIAN MUSIC!! (Mahalo!)

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Aloha kākou!

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 3 SONGS from my iPod this week:

1. Heʻeia (Gabby “Pops” Pahinui’s recording on the album Gabby)

This is one of my favorite hula songs–and there are so many great recording of it. But there’s just something special about Gabby “Pops” Pahinui’s version.

Iʻve started learning a hula to this. We’re using ʻuli ʻuli and itʻs AWESOME! We do it as a hula kahiko while chanting, but it sure would be fun to do it this recording, too!

2. Come To Me Gently/Remember Be Sure And Be There/Pili Aloha (Olomanaʻs recording on the album, Come To Me Gently)

This medley of songs clocks in at 8 minutes and 27 seconds, but it’s so wonderful that you’ll be bummed when it ends. It’s got a classic ’70s vibe that really evokes the spirit of Hawaiʻi from that time. I’m transported to Waikīkī from the minute Jerry Santos begins to sing. Love it!

3. Beautiful Kauaʻi (Kawai Cockett’s recording on the album, Beautiful Kauaʻi)

A lovely hapa-haole song that often inspires folks to get up and hula when they hear it! It’s one of my favorites. And Uncle Kawai’s ʻukulele strum was so distinctive–and so maikaʻi! Right on! (Did you guys know that he was from Molokai?? True story!)

What have YOU been listening to this week? Drop me a line and let me know!

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