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Aloha, gang!

Need some help when it comes to getting motivated?  Me, too.

Here is a playlist (courtesy of my computer) to help keep you musically inspired while you work out, make your way around town, commute to work or just surround yourself in mele Aloha.

Nanina – Kuana Torres Kahele
Analani E – Na Palapalai
Lovely Sunrise Haleakala – Napua Greig
He Mele No Kauai Kaupapa – Weldon Kekauoha
Haleuia – Kuana Torres
Ohai Alii Kaluhea – Holunape
Hilo Hula – Uluwehi Guerrero
Halamua Kihi Loa – Kuana Torres Kahele
Ka Ua Kilihune – Hoku Zuttermeister
He Aloha Moku O Keawe – Na Palapalai
Papalina Lahilahi – Genoa Keawe
Hanalei Moon – Dennis Pavao
E Pili Mai – Kealii Reichel
Nani Kauai – Amy Hanaialii Gilliom
My Sweet Pikake Lei – Brothers Cazimero
Lehua Beauty – Kuana Torres Kahele
Kuu Home Alo Kele – Napua Greig
Kuu Hoaaloha – Weldon Kekauoha
He Aloha No O Honolulu – Na Palapalai
Nani Na Pali Hauliuli O Na Koolau – Hoku Zuttermeister

(Notes: The list was chosen by the “Genius” feature in iTunes.  I’ve transcribed the song titles/artists as they appear in iTunes so that they are easier to look up and reference when purchasing the tunes on the web.  I’ve purposely not used diacritical marks.  This is what I’ll be listening to while I’m on the treadmill.  Bring it on!)

Happy Aloha Monday.

Right on.

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The Crooner’s Weekly TOP 5 (9.5.12)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

ukulele Croonerʻs Weekly TOP 3 iPod Jason Poole Accidental Hawaiian Crooner

I LOVE HAWAIIAN MUSIC!  True story.

And I listen to it all the time!  Especially when I’m on the move–either walking along NYC’s crowded sidewalks or riding the rails on the subway through the tunnels under the city.  (I’m convinced that it helps to keep me sane in this crazy city!)

And I love a really wide variety of it: vintage, traditional, contemporary, instrumental… I love it all!

And I love sharing some of my favorites with you.

Here are the TOP 5 SONGS from my iPod this week:

1.  Beautiful ʻIlima (Aunty Agnes Malabey Weisbarth and the Makaha Serenaders’ recording on the album Sunset at Makaha)

Aunty Agnes opens the song with the chorus–which is in English–and then launches into the verse–which is in Hawaiian.  A wonderful combination of the two.  And a great way to introduce this beautiful mele written by Princess Emma Alexandria Kanoʻa De Fries.

Her voice is one of those voices that carries.  I mean, it would be the voice you’d hear coming down from the mountains or over the waves.  Vintage?  Maybe. Timeless.  Absolutely.

The simple structure of the song reminds me of a church hymn.  Lovely and uncomplicated.

2. Laupahoehoe Hula (Kimo Alama Keaulana & Lei Hulu’s recording on the album Hula Lives!)

A classic hula!  And one of my favorites.

I love that track opens with the paʻi/rhythmic beating of the ipu.  And then ʻukulele, steel guitar and voices join in.  Love it!!

The recording has a great “homegrown-feel” to it.  Nothing overproduced.  There are no bells and whistles.  Why?  Because you don’t need ‘em.

This is one of Pops’ favorite hulas, too.  (You should see him dance!)

3. Hanohano ʻO Maui (Uluwehi Guerrero’s recording on the album Nā Kumu Hula: Songs from the Source Vol. 2)

A beautiful hula that celebrates the island of Maui.

And this recording features the soothing, honeyed voice of kumu hula, Uluwehi Guerrero.  Right on!

This is one of those recordings that pretty much begs for a hula dancer to illustrate the song and its lyrics with movement.  Why?  It’s simple.  Unaffected.  Edited down to its bare bones.  And absolutely stunning.

Yes, please.  More like this!

*Please click HERE to visit Uluwehi’s website.

4. Pūpū ʻO Niʻihau (Darlene Ahuna’s recording on the album Bridge Between Generations)

I don’t know many songs about the island of Niʻihau.  Perhaps it’s because Niʻihau is a private island.  Maybe it holds its music tightly like a precious jewel?  Maybe because of the island’s seclusion–things just don’t travel away from its shores?

But this is a well-known classic.

And Darlene Ahuna does a lovely job with it.  I love that the album is called Bridge Between Generations.  It is!  Her voice and her amazing haʻi (female falsetto) is a throwback to another era.  A treat for the ears, for sure.

5. Safe Passage (John Keawe’s recording on the album Hawai’i Island Is My Home)

New Yorkers aren’t the only ones who feel stress.  You get stressed out, too, right?

One of things I love to do when I’m stressed out is put on some amazing kī hōʻalu, slack key guitar, music.  It soothes me.  Reaches down inside me and acts a pressure release.  Seriously.  I can feel my shoulders drop away from my ears…

And when it’s played by an amazingly gifted and skilled musician like John Keawe… wow!

This is one of those instrumental tracks where you are completely transported–the voice of the guitar tells the story.

Ah.

*Please click HERE to visit John’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″ (2.29.12)

Wednesday, February 29, 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. Pua Melie (Edith Kanakaʻole’s recording on the album Hiʻipoi i Ka ʻĀina Aloha)

I love the this album.  I love listening to Aunty Edith’s voice.  I love how she speaks an introduction (in Hawaiian!!) for each of the songs.  I love that the recording has the “down home” kind of feeling.  Authentic to ‘da max.  Like you’re sitting right there in someone’s living room or backyard and basking the amazing music and spirit of Aloha.

Written by Aunty Edith, the song is a beautiful tribute to the plumeria flower.

I love that she says pua melie.  I have only ever heard it called pua melia.  Love the differences!!  Celebrate each island (and sometimes each island’s individual districts) and the linguistic diversity!

(Mahalo to Ms. Marian for reminding me about this beautiful song!)

*Please click HERE to visit the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation’s website.

2. Ikona (Nathan Aweau’s recording on the album The Hawaiian Classics Series Vol. 2-Hula)

Does it get much better than Nathan Aweau interpreting a hula classic?  Um… nope.  Pretty awesome, if you ask me!

And I love this song.  It’s a favorite!

And listening to his voice (so smooth!) glide effortlessly is just so very inspiring and soothing to the soul.   Yes.

*Please click HERE to visit Nathanʻs website.

3. Nani Kamakura (Uluwehi Guerrero’s recording on the album Uluwehi Sings Nā Mele Hula Aloha)

I was reminded of this song by my friend, Kumu June Kaililani Tanoue, this week.  It had been a while since I’d listened to it.  So when she mentioned it in an email, I immediately went to my music library to look it up and listen to it, again.

This awesome song, composed by Uluwehi Guerrero and Barry Pono Fried, combines lyrics in both Hawaiian and Japanese.  But the beautiful thing is that you don’t need to know how to speak either of the languages in order to enjoy it.  Trust me on this one:  it will delight your ears!   (And the melody is a lovely fusion of east and west.)

It’s easy to imagine a hula being danced to it.  I’d love to see that…

*Please click HERE to visit Uluwehi’s website.

4. Diamond Head Daydream (Olomana’s recording on the album Come To Me Gently)

I woke up this morning with this thought:  I NEED TO LISTEN TO SOME OLOMANA TODAY.

And I reached for this classic album.  With my iPod on shuffle mode, this was the first song that played.

Written by Jerry Santos, it was the perfect song to listen to this morning.  Love it.  A great, chill and super-relaxing late-70′s vibe. (I think the album was released in 1980.)

It started me daydreaming about Diamond Head and being back on Oʻahu.

Right on.

*Please click HERE to visit Olomana’s website.

5. Pua Mae ʻOle (Byron Yasui’s recording on the album Anahola)

I’m only a simple strummer with the ʻukulele.

Byron Yasui is a master in the truest sense.  When I listen to what he can do with the ʻukulele, I think my mouth is open in amazement the whole time!

And to top it off, he’s a kind an gentle man, too.  I loved the time I spent with him.  So very warm–and willing to share what he knows, too!  Auē!  If only I was a stronger player…

Love this song and his fantastic recording.  I found it to be so inspiring this week.

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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