You can find interesting music almost anywhere, although I can say
from personal experience that the odds improve dramatically if you
stay far away from
Ho concerts. Mr. Ho aside, there's some amazing music in Hawaii.
And some of it even involves the ukulele, an instrument that was
nearly dead and buried with the arrival of
I mention all this as an unnecessarily drawn out introduction to
Israel Kamakawiwi'ole, a giant of a man with a haunting voice. I
discovered Iz while searching the net for a recording
of What a Wonderful World for a music video
project. Instead of Louis Armstrong, I discovered wonderful
performances by Eva Cassidy and Iz. I used Ms. Cassidy for my video,
but kept coming back to Iz. And loved the rare beauty of
Beneath My Wings and the raw power of his rendition of the
Island. Anybody who can give dignity to Sherwood Schwartz is
truly touched by the gods.