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Aloha, gang!

Here’s a quick video check-in about the upcoming word premier of the documentary Sons of Hālawa!

I am so excited!  One week from today!

Let the magic begin.

Right on.

*Please be sure to check out the Quazifilms website (click HERE) for more information about other exciting projects.

*For the schedule of the film’s showings, please click HERE.

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Aloha, gang!

A new addition to the website and the Crooner Video YouTube channel:

Crooner Breaks!

After talking with some folks about what they’d like to see more of here on the blog, we think this might be exactly what we need.

Check out Crooner Break #1 to see what this all about.  And then be sure to subscribe to the Crooner Video Youtube Channel (Click HERE) so that you’ll always be caught up on what’s happening.

Right on.

Sending warm Aloha to each and every one of you!

Jason

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Aloha, gang!

I’m so excited to be able to share a new song (with a VIDEO!) with you today!  And it’s a hula!

I wrote it as a gift for Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, the creators of Zentangle®. I wrote the song last September and then recorded a selfie-style video while I was in Hālawa Valley when I was back on Molokai in March.  I sent it to the Zentangle folks last week and it was released in their newsletter yesterday. I was delighted to see it pop up on Facebook and blogs yesterday.

And when I woke up this morning, I was shocked to see that the video had been viewed over 1,500 times! (What?!  Crazy!)

Here’s some backstory for the song:

Many of you may know that I became a CZT™, a Certified Zentangle Teacher, back in 2012. I was part of the 10th graduating class of teachers (CZT 10).  Here’s the crazy thing: if you would have told me that one day I would be able to call myself an art teacher, I would have laughed.  Really hard.  But Zentangle is more than just art, it’s a method of drawing that unites the mind and the body. It rocked my world in ways I wasn’t expecting.

I didn’t become a teacher so that I could teach Zentangle classes.  Well, that wasn’t my primary reason, anyway. It was really so that I could go and study with Rick and Maria in person, to find out what this was and to learn directly from the source. Nānā i ke kumu.  Look to the source.  That’s what Pops is always telling me.  (Note: the only way to become a CZT is to study directly with them at one of their teacher-training workshops. It’s done face-to-face. I loved that aspect of it. It made it even more real, more authentic.)

I’ve taught classes here in NYC and in Chicago. I’ve held classes in Pennsylvania with students ranging in ages from 6 years old to 86 years old. And we ALWAYS have fun. It’s hard to explain. I think the best way to understand it is to take a class from a trained teacher who can lead you through the process, someone who can help you create with confidence.

Anyway… last year, the Zentangle folks asked me to come back in September and speak at one of their teacher-training workshops. They wanted me to talk about how I use Zentangle–sharing stories from classes, both formal and informal.

Now you guy know how I love to play with writing songs. Well, maybe it’s better to say I love to START writing songs. (It’s the finishing of songs that is the tough part!)  And I had this idea that I would write them a song as a makana, a gift, a way to say MAHALO and THANK YOU for all that they do.  I had a little snippet of a melody line I’d been playing with but I didn’t have any lyrics.  While I stood in line at Port Authority Bus Station, waiting for the bus to take me to the workshop in Providence, Rhode Island, it dawned on me: I would write the song in the style of a 1920s-1950s hula.

When I got to Providence, I spent the first night sitting in the hotel lobby scratching away in my notebook, writing lyrics about the Zentangle method of drawing and fitting them into the melody that I’d been playing with. (I wanted to be kind to my roommate for the weekend. He’d traveled all the way from Taiwan to attend the teacher-training!  Night owls like me do better sitting on couches in the hotel’s lobby than sitting at a desk in a room, anyway.) My goal: I wanted to have the song “ready” to share when I gave my presentation the following night. I wasn’t sure if I would share it, but I wanted to have ready. Just in case…

The next night I gave my presentation. I shared about taking Zentangle to Hālawa Valley on Molokai and how we used sticks to draw the patterns in the mud, how my young Hawaiian nephew showed me how to draw patterns he saw in nature around him. I talked about the meditative qualities of the method and how I use it in my own writing process–especially when I get stuck and my hands (and brain) won’t cooperate.

And then it was time. I took the leap into the unknown and while wearing a cordless headset microphone (like a rock star!) I strummed and sang the Zentangle Hula for an audience. For the first time.

It was so much fun.  And the coolest part? Before the end of the song, the teachers-in-training were singing along with me!  The song followed me all weekend long, in the classes, in the dining room, in the elevators.  People sang it and smiled.

Awesome.

So that’s how the song came to be. I recorded it over the spring when I was back on Molokai.  Then I lost the video. (gulp!)  Then I found the video. (phew!)

And now it has a life of its own.

Wanna learn more about Zentangle? Check out their website: https://www.zentangle.com/  (Note: the Zentangle Kit is wonderful. It’s how I got started.)

And you can read more about my story of how I reclaimed my “inner art dude” by clicking HERE.

(P.S.  Because I attended the teacher-training again last year, I’m now a DOUBLE certified teacher!  Ha!  Me–this guy that swears he can’t draw a straight line.  Do you feel that way, too?  Then Zentangle is for you.)

And please share the song/video if you feel inspired to do that. Let’s start a whole Zentangle Hula movement! (Smiles are contagious, you know.)

Much Aloha to you and your families.

Right on.

 

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Happy Birthday, Mariko!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

mariko gordon, jason poole, accidental hawaiian crooner,

Happy Birthday, Mariko!

Do you guys know my buddy, Mariko?

She’s my business partner, mentor, support system and one of the coolest people I know.

AND TODAY IS HER BIRTHDAY!

In my mind, today should be some sort of national holiday.  A day for celebrations throughout the land.

A day to celebrate an amazing person.

And you guys know she wrote a fantastic Hawaiian song, right?  She did!   And I recorded it!  And we made a video–complete with an awesome hula that she choreographed!  (Please click HERE to learn more about it!  And please click HERE to watch the video!)

So today, Ms. Mariko, the whole Accidental Hawaiian Crooner community celebrates YOU.

Happy Birthday, my friend!

HAUʻOLI LĀ HĀNAU IĀ ʻOE!

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