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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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The Crooner’s Weekly “TOP 3″ (9.1.10)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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. Maka ʻĀlohilohi (Kawai Cockett’s recording on the album Hula! Hula! Hula!)

In researching this hapa-haole song, I read that it was written for the composer’s daughter. Maka ʻālohilohi is her name and it means “twinkling eyes.”

There’s something so special about a name song. What a treasured gift! And to think that it was composed by a father for his daughter… wow. I can only imagine!

And its simplicity makes it a perfect song that begs for a hula!

2. Kuʻu Hoaloha (Weldon Kekauoha’s recording on the album Ka Lehua ʻUla)

This song, composed by Victor Kala, was written to honor the home of Mrs. Helen Tam. It sounds like it was a wonderful home to visit! The lyrics sing of the great hospitality offered to guests as well as the beauty of the home and land, itself. Incredible.

There are a lot of great versions of this song that have been recorded, but Weldon’s is the one that I’m hooked on this week. His gentle, smooth and rich tones are fantastic. I’m instantly transported away from the concrete island of Manhattan when I listen to his voice.

3. Summer Lady (Cecilio & Kepono’s recording on the album Elua)

Ok. It’s September. The kids are heading back to school. Yellow school busses will be on the road soon. Summer Lady = I HAD pick this song!

This C & K classic is so cool with its ultra ’70s vibe and sound. It makes me feel like I’m driving along the coast looking at a clear blue sea. It embodies the sounds of summer–which will soon be a memory here in NYC once the leaves start to change.

What are YOU listening to? Drop me a line and let me know!!

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Let’s Read A Book!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

We’ve been talking about it for a long time… creating a TAHC’s Book Club.

A lot of you have written in saying that you’d like to read a Hawaiʻi-themed book and be a part of a reading community.

The summer is drawing to a close. September starts, um, TOMORROW! Kids are heading back to school. It seems like the perfect time.

So let’s stop talking about it and let’s get reading!

For the first book, I’m suggesting Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s WILD MEAT AND THE BULLY BURGERS.

I read it years ago. It is a book that made me stop and think. It made an impression, for sure. I think it’s time to open it up again!

Who’s with me?

We can touch base in the middle of the month. I’m thinking Thursday, September 16th. A check-in. A way to let you know how far I’ve gotten in the reading. And, more importantly, a way for YOU to tell me (and the gang!) how YOU’RE doing with the book. How you feel about it at the month’s mid-way point. (And we can discuss a new title for the month of October!)

And then, of course, we can do another check-in at the end of the month.

Sound like a plan?

Come on! You know you wanna do it!

You might be able to find it at a local bookseller. However, because I love you guys and I want to make this as easy as possible, I’m including links to the book at various online sellers, too! (The various websites have reviews, book descriptions, etc. And a lot of ‘em have discounted copies for sale!)

Native Books

Amazon.com

Barmes & Noble.com

Borders.com

So whatcha think? Who’s with me??

**Crooner Update: If I remember correctly, there are some part of this book that weren’t very–well–”pretty.” Like I remember feeling a bit nauseous at times. But there were other parts that made me laugh out loud. Consider yourselves warned. (ha!)

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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. Kīkaha Mālie (Chris Yeaton’s recording on the album Kīkaha Mālie)

This is one of my favorite pieces that my good friend and gifted guitarist, Chris Yeaton, has recorded. A stunning guitar solo.

He is such a talented musician! A student of John Keawe and Keola Beamer, his music prowess never ceases to amaze me. This song, the title track from his 2003 album, is a killer! It sets the tone of the album and succeeds in painting pictures with sounds… like a seabird gliding along peacefully.

Today is Chris’ birthday. Please join me in wishing this excellent musician HAUʻOLI LĀ HĀNAU!

And please check out his page at Woodsong Acoustics Group.

**Crooner Update: Chris’ album IS available on Woodsong Acoustics Group website!

2. Wahine Uʻi (Andy Cummings & His Hawaiian Serenaders’ recording on the album, The Wandering Troubadours)

I love this song! And I can’t get enough of Andy Cummings’ version. Pure delight. I think his falsetto and lyrical voice are both fantastic. And the way that this song bounces along, well, it makes me grin. I can picture a dancer helping to illustrate the song’s lyrics about a woman’s beauty with her hands, body and face. Makes me want to be in Waikīkī right now.

In the research I did, I found discrepancies, of course! It’s credited to two different people: John Kameaaloha Almeida and Johnny Noble. Let’s face it–studying Hawaiian music is a lesson in learning to say “Okay…” as you hear different versions of each story. To this listener, it’s not as important WHO wrote it. I’m just glad SOMEONE did!

3. In A Little Hula Heaven (Darlene Ahuna’s recording on the album Bridge Between Generations)

This crooner classic, written for the 1937 film Waikiki Wedding, is such a gem! And Darlene Ahuna’s version of it is perfect–simple and bright and lively and light. You can’t ask for better than that.

I’m kind of “hooked” on this song. I’ve been singing it all over the place as I make my way around NYC. I wonder what the people on the street think as I’m walking around singing it. Ah… who cares?! It makes me smile!

What are YOU listening to? Drop me a line and let me know!!

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The Crooner’s “TOP 3″ (8.18.10)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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.  Maunaleo (Kealiʻi Reichel’s recording on the album Melelana)

Because today is my mother’s birthday, this song is on my mind. I think it is her FAVORITE Hawaiian song. Ever. When she and my dad visited Kauaʻi for the first time a few years ago, they listened to a mix that featured this song. It will be forever linked to those happy memories.

The song is one of his most beautiful. It’s pretty perfect in every way. The song’s structure is incredible. It’s haunting. The lyrics, written by Reichel and Puakea Nogelmeier, are amazing. (I won’t butcher them in a paraphrase here.) Buy the album. Kealiʻi Reichel graciously provides the lyrics, his translation and his thoughts that inspired the pieces. What a gift he’s given the listener!

And he dedicates it to his mother, Lei Reichel. And I dedicate the song to MY mom. Happy Birthday, Mom. Hauʻoli Lā Hānau!

2.  Kiss Me Love ( The Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau’s recording on the album Nā Mele Hoʻoheno Vol. 2)

This John Kameaaloha Almeida tune is a crooner classic and I love the way the Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau perform it! Their harmonies remind me of the iconic vocals in the tune, Mr. Sandman, where each voice takes a different note in the chord and they stack ‘em up like stairs. Delicious. The lyrics are sweet and evoke the era of the song’s composition.

It’s great to hear those young voices singing a classic Hawaiian tune. Ah… those were the days!

3.  Juliette (Kalapana’s recording on the album Kalapana II)

There’s nothing quite like a moody/jazzy/ono-licious Kalapana tune. Their sound captures the perfect 1970s vibe. And this song, which features a piano AND a jazz flute (so cool!) is no exception to that rule. I love it! It makes me think of hanging out in a nightclub in Waikīkī in the 70s. I’m sure it was an incredible scene.

Kalapana remains on the top of my MUST LISTEN TO list. They rock.

What are YOU listening to? Drop me a line and let me know!!

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A Midnight Phone Call

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I was surprised when my phone started ringing last night at midnight.

Who would be calling me at that hour? Something had be wrong.

I threw off the blanket and turned on the lights.

My heart was pounding and my blood pressure shot up. I was in full “fight or flight” mode. When I looked at my caller ID, I was relieved–it was an (808) number. Hawaiʻi calling. And, because there’s currently a 6 hour time difference, it made perfect sense. Bedtime in NYC = dinner time in Hawaiʻi.

Whew!

And then I was shocked to see WHO the caller was. It was my teacher! It was Pops!

If I’m lucky enough to catch him when he’s “out of the Valley” (remember: Hālawa Valley doesn’t have a telephone!) we usually catch up on another night–not Mondays. What a wonderful surprise!

He had been out visiting. He couldn’t talk for very long. I couldn’t get all of the details, but they didn’t matter. I was just so happy to be talking with him.

Even a few moments are valuable!

I was able to “plug into the source.”

I was able to hear what’s happening back on Molokai. I was able to tell him about a few things that have been happening here.

And I was able to speak a little Hawaiian!

See, I’m not a native speaker of ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. I’m not even a GOOD speaker of the Hawaiian language. My skills are rudimentary, at best. But it’s not all that often that I can just launch into a Hawaiian/English conversation living here in NYC!

We’ve been spoiled this past year by having a master language teacher living here in the Big Apple. Kumu Manuwai Peters has been teaching language classes. It’s such a gift to have him here–for so many reasons. And I’ve been doubly blessed to have the opportunity to serve as his kōkua, his assistant, in the classes. We actually speak Hawaiian here in the New York City!

But–at least for now–most of the conversations take place in the classroom. So to have Pops surprise me with a phone call as I’m getting ready to retire for the night–AND have him launch into his native Hawaiian–well, it’s such a treat! I didn’t have any time to prepare. I didn’t have a chance to think about what I’d say.

We just spoke.

When I stumbled for words, I switched to English. OR… I found another way to say what I was thinking. Pops is a very patient teacher. I’m SURE I butcher the language with some of things I say, but he always lets me find my way. I stutter and and I stammer, but I somehow find a way to make myself understood. He says that’s what’s important. I couldn’t agree more!

It’s interesting to see what words come naturally… what words I REALLY know and understand. And it’s equally interesting to see where I have HUGE GAPS in my linguistic knowledge! Auē! Thank goodness I’m not depending on Hawaiian as my language of survival! (At least not yet!)

It was a short conversation. It was a valuable conversation.

And I loved every minute of it.

How do YOU plug into your source?

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