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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. Heavenly Hana (John Piʻilani Watkins’ recording on the album Songs To Remember: Hana-Maui)

Ah!  The soothing sounds of this vintage recording has been rocking my world this week.

And such a fantastic falsetto!  Auē!  Someday… Someday…

This English language song is one that will delight listeners of old-school Hawaiian music.  Sung by the composer himself, John Piʻilani Watkins’ recording of Heavenly Hana is a favorite, for sure.

*Please click HERE to read a great bio via HawaiianMusicHistory.com

2. Kuʻu Pua Pakalana (Natalie Ai Kamauu’s recording on the album ʻĀ)

Ok.  This song is my obsession of the week.  I mean it.  Seriously.  I’ve been listening to it non-stop.

It’s contemporary and timeless at the same time.

According to the album’s liner notes, she says she wrote it to honor her son, Chaz.

It brings tears to my eyes and warms my heart.

*Please click HERE to visit Natalie’s website.

(** Crooner Note: A special MAHALO to Kbelle for introducing me to this song.  Wow.)

3. Kalāhuipuaʻa (Nālani Olds with Kaimana’s recording on the album Hawaiian Classics)

This song came on my iPod this week while I had it on shuffle mode.  I was amazed at the beautiful and clear voice I was hearing thru my headphones.  I had to stop and listen.  A melody that I wasn’t familiar with.  Absolutely lovely.

When I got back to my apartment, I went to my CD collection so that I could look up the album and read the liner notes.  That’s when I really started to learn about the artist, Nālani Olds and this haunting song, attributed to Larry Lindsey Kimura.

LOVE THIS!

Her voice is so clear and clean and I want to learn more.  To listen to more.  I guess I’ll have to be a real detective to track down some more of her recordings.

*Please click HERE to read an article (from 2000) about Ms. Olds.  Fascinating!

4. Summer Lady (Cecilio & Kapono’s recording on the album Elua)

Oh!  I was craving some 1970′s goodness this week!  Something with a good groove and maybe some moody chord progressions–as long as it was still sparkling and fun.

And I found it in THIS song!  (And kinda fitting, too, with Memorial Day weekend coming up.  Summer is fast approaching!)

Yup.  A favorite.  I’ve had it on the TOP 5 lists before.  And I’m sure you’ll see it, again, someday.  Why?  Because it’s a favorite.

1970′s goodness.  Right on.

*Please click HERE to visit C & K’s website.

5. Keiki Time (John Keawe’s recording on the album Hawaiʻi Island Is My Home)

Yes… this song was on last week’s “TOP 5″ list.  And I’m including it on this week’s for a good reason:  it’s still playing in heavy rotation for me this week, too!  Mahalo, John, for sharing a song that delivers such a smile.

I love the sound of the acoustic guitar and the warm colors it brings to my mind.

And I especially love the sounds that John Keawe coaxes from his guitar.

I’ve been trying to find the words to describe the sounds in this song.  I keep coming up with “sparkling” and “golden” and “carefree” “the feeling of childhood” and “running” and “laughter.”

He uses really cool chord progression!  At one point, I thought he was taking a “moody” turn in the piece.  And then I was delighted when he turned it all back around in the next few chords.  Just like childhood–full of ups and downs.

The next time I see him, I hope to remember to ask him about the moment that inspired this piece.  I’m sure there’s a great story.  He paints such awesome pictures with the sounds of his guitar.

*Please click HERE to visit John Keawe’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!  I’m DEFINITELY thankful for that!

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The Crooner’s Weekly “TOP 5″ (2.1.12)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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. Ka Pua E (The Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau’s recording on the album Nā Mele Hoʻoheno Vol.1)

This hapa-haole song, attributed on the album’s liner notes to Edward Marino, is lovely!  It brought an instant smile to my face.  And in my mind, I choreographed a hula to it!  Ha!

I love listening to the young voices that made up the Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau.  Their tight, Hawaiian-style harmonies make my head tingle.

While it would definitely change if sung by a solo artist (i.e. no harmonies), this song could become a crooner staple.  I think I need to learn it and add it to my repertoire.

*Please click HERE to read Tropical Music’s brief (but informative!) bio of the Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau.

2. Kupa Landing (The Hoʻopiʻi Brother’s recording on the album Hawaiian Classics)

A favorite!  Many folks know this song by its distinctive hui (chorus) where the Hoʻopiʻi Brothers rock out with their amazing leo kiʻekiʻe (falsetto) stylings and paniolo (cowboy)-style yodeling!

The song describes Kupa Landing (Cooper Landing) at Hoʻokena on Hawaiʻi Island. It must have been an amazing place in its heydey–the way it makes the singer break out into song with such jubilation.  (Especially the way the Hoʻopiʻi Brothers sing it!  Wow!)

They are so quick and amazing in this recording that it never fails to make me laugh.  The sound is pure and wild and FUN.

*Please click HERE to read their bio on Mele.com.

*Sadly, Uncle Sol passed away in 2006.  Please click HERE to read about his amazing life in his obituary.

3. Miliʻōpua (Cody Pueo Pata’s recording on the album He Aloha…)

Cody Pueo Pata’s leo kiʻekiʻe (falsetto) always amazes me.  I remember being in a car on Oʻahu and hearing his voice on the radio.  I asked everyone in the car to stop talking so that we could just listen.  He makes it sound effortless, gliding from low to high.

This song, written by Pata, describes a hill on Oʻahu–but he refers to the song as a mele hoʻoipoʻipo.  Often times in Hawaiian music, there is an “implied meaning” that lies just beneath the surface/literal meaning of a song.  It’s called kaona.  Sometimes a composer will tell you what they meant or implied, like Pata does with this song.  Other times, you are left on your own to sit and imagine what the composer might have been saying with the song.

This is a favorite.

*Please click HERE Ululoa Productions’ webpage for this album.

4. Kihawahine (Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom and Willie K’s recording on the album Hawaiian Tradition)

The first time I heard this song, I was sure I was listening to a lullaby.  It’s so soothing!  Gentle ʻukulele and voice open the song.  And then a lovely piano joins in the mix.

I remember when I went to the album’s liner notes to read more about it.  The song, written by Keliʻi Tauʻā, is about the lizard goddess, Kihawahine.  I was shocked!  I guess I’d figured that a song about a lizard goddess would be fierce instead of gentle.  It just goest to show you how we are influenced by our environments–I was certainly limited by my own preconceptions.

A favorite song, indeed.  And Amy’s voice, as always, is incredible.

*Please click HERE to visit Amy’s website.

*Please click HERE to visit Willie K’s website.

5.  Rainbow Ridge (Jeff Peterson’s recording on the album Maui On My Mind)

This morning I was sitting at my computer with a cup of coffee listening to music on “shuffle mode” and I was blown away by this song from Jeff’s album, Maui on My Mind.

I love the rich tradition of kī hōʻalu, slack key guitar. And I love the sound of contemporary guitar artists.  And Jeff marries both the traditional and the new so brilliantly in this recording.

I’m always intrigued by a song’s title for an instrumental track.  Always curious about why the composer called it by that name.  But this song really invokes a sense of place.  In the story I’ve written in my mind, it’s a place Jeff goes to–a place both ancient and new.  Full of life.  A place that invigorates him.

This track rocked my morning.  I hope it rocks your world, too!

*Please click HERE to visit Jeff’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!  I’m DEFINITELY thankful for that!

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