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The Crooner’s Weekly “TOP 5″ (10.19.11)

Wednesday, October 19, 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. Royal Hawaiian Hotel  (Steven Espaniola’s recording on the album Hoʻomaka)

A fantastic recording of a classic Hawaiian song by a modern master!

This is one of those songs that has been recorded a million times.  But…

It’s always exciting to see/hear what an artist does with it.  How they make it their own.

And Steven Espaniola definitely seems to have taken some time to really approach the song to see how it speaks to him.  He found a way to put his own stamp–his distinctive sound and style–on it.

I’m hooked on his recording this week.

*Please click HERE to visit Steven’s website.

2. Ka Huila Wai (Nā Palapalai’s recording on the album Ke ʻAla Beauty)

You guys know how much I love the sound of Nā Palapalai.  I’m a huge fan!

And this song, attributed to Alfred Alohikea, is a great example of why I love ‘em so much.  So perfect.  Their voices–wow.

Wow.

Best way to sum it up for me.  Wow.

*Please click HERE to visit Nā Palapalai’s website.

3. E Mau (Teresa Bright’s recording on the album Self Portrait)

A jazzy rendition of a classic song attributed to Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs, Sr.

You know, I’ve heard people say that Teresa Bright is “too jazzy” or “not traditional.”  But I have to say that I really appreciate her interpretation of some of the classic songs.  It’s different–which is sure to ruffle a few feathers in the Hawaiian music community–but it’s a style that’s definitely HERS.  And how appropriate to to have a very contemporary version of song about perpetuation.  Her version brings new life to it.  I applaud that.

Right on, Aunty Teresa!  Right on!

4. Pane Mai (The Kaʻau Crater Boys’ recording on the album Making Waves)

One of my favorite things to do is to sit in on a jam session (kanikapila) with my friends.

And this recording sounds like a kanikapila, for sure.  I mean, if a jam session could be professionally produced and consisted of two world-class musicians like Ernie Cruz, Jr. and Troy Fernandez.

The song, written by Robert Cazimero, speaks of calling out to one’s beloved–even rousing one’s beloved from a deep sleep.

I love it.  I love how the song makes me feel.  And I love the smile that it produces when I listen to it.

5. Silent Rhythm (Anthony Natividad’s recording on the album Ahupuaʻa)

I love the sound of the ohe hano ihu, the bamboo nose flute.  And Anthony Natividad is a true master of this ancient instrument.

This week, I’ve  needed to his soothing recordings.  They reach deep inside me and take me to “a quiet place.”  And living in NYC, sometimes you just need that.

This wonderful recording features ambient nature sounds in the background.  It reminds me of sitting near the auwai in Halawa Valley.  Ah…

(**Crooner Note: I might be the worldʻs worst nose flute player.  But I hoping that the more I listen to his album–and practice, of course–the better my chances are of actually being able to play it one day.)

*Please click HERE to visit Anthony’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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