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For whatever reason, they had this disc at our library today. The cover features the six or seven hundred pound Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo`ole floating in a pool. It seemed worth giving a listen, particularly since our high temperature was negative 5 today.

It's hard to describe how ethereal he sounds, but if you're familiar with Ted Hawkins--whose The Next Hundred Years came out and brought him improbable popular notice just before he died--there's a similar quality here, which surely we must read into the music to some degree, of someone singing his farewells. Don't know about the tunes that are sung in Hawaiian, but In This Life and Starting All Over Again are like someone singing his own eulogy, but rather joyfully.

You can check out some samples here. It's quite beautiful.


Grade: (A)


See also:

    -ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Alone in IZ World (Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo`ole) (2002 NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS)
    -ESSAY: "IZ" will always be: The revered isle singer, beset with respiratory and other medical problems, dies at 38 (Catherine Kekoa Enomoto and Gregg K. Kakesako, Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
    -ESSAY: `n Dis Life' Israel touched many: His legacy continues through the message of his music (Catherine Kekoa Enomoto and Tim Ryan, Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
    -TRIBUTE SITE: Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo`ole (Hawaiian Island Music)
    -Israel Kamakawiwo`ole Memorial Page (Born May 20, 1959--Died June 26, 1997)
    -Bradda Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: This page is dedicated to the Hawaiian Supah-man, Bradda IZ!
    -Mountain Apple Company
    REVIEW: of Alone In IZ World (Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo`ole) (Jamie O'Brien, Rambles)