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jen3005545
(Seattle, WA)
Posted: Jan 29, 2018 12:40
 

{#Hearteyes}
DocStrangelove
(Ottawa)
Posted: Oct 02, 2017 19:42
 

epic
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Aug 02, 2017 14:51
 

Eva Cassidy version is also wonderful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rd8VktT8xY

Springbok84
(B.C.)
Posted: Jul 02, 2017 22:02
 

Got married to this
lizardking
(700 miles north of Paradise)
Posted: Jun 02, 2017 11:09
 

 grahamdillabough wrote:
Wonderful.  I had to stop and listen. 

If the numbers could go higher than 10, I would have to say 10 squared!  And I don't care how overplayed it is.

 
My feelings too!  His voice is/was unmatched.  If you (or anyone) is inclined to learn more about Bruddah Iz, there is an excellent documentary about his life, music, weight and health issues, fame, family, and most chilling, his death and funeral.  He was the 3rd person in Hawai'i to ever get a "state funeral" and the first not to be in government. State flags at half-mast, a convoy of semi trucks and everyone blaring their horns....the dumping of his ashes into the Pacific....all very chilling and well deserved respect.  And after he died (June 26, 1997) this track took off (originally released in 1993 I think) and became what it is today, going platinum in 2005.

And it's a bittersweet track for me;  I played this at my mom's funeral in 2008 and then at my dad's in 2015. 

Long Live RP!


SeriousLee
(Dans l'milieu d'deux milles livres)
Posted: Jun 02, 2017 10:55
 

Such a beautiful song.
LAwolf8
Posted: Jun 02, 2017 10:52
 

This is a beautiful song and playing, also a favorite
AKMacAddict
(Anchorage)
Posted: May 02, 2017 22:16
 

Love this version...
Wardleader
(Philadelphia USA)
Posted: Apr 02, 2017 9:45
 

The pure humanity of art reveals the searingness of everyday life can be calmed, sent away for us to return, renewed, to live life as if life is all we have.  The Sun Also Rises.
jmattv
(Detroit)
Posted: Mar 02, 2017 18:38
 

makes me smile so immensely.  there is hope after all.  what a good, good man.
stalfnzo
(Aptos, CA.)
Posted: Jan 30, 2017 23:40
 

Thanks, Iz. You make me happy in a world gone mad. Love you.
 
hagz21
(somewhere between here and there)
Posted: Sep 29, 2016 15:37
 

 moi aussi, or at least feel a little "human" 

rpdevotee wrote:
This song makes me cry...

 


rpdevotee
(San Jose, CA)
Posted: Sep 29, 2016 15:16
 

This song makes me cry...
grahamdillabough
(Somewhere in Q8)
Posted: Aug 29, 2016 4:23
 

Wonderful.  I had to stop and listen. 

If the numbers could go higher than 10, I would have to say 10 squared!  And I don't care how overplayed it is.
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: May 25, 2016 19:29
 

A guilty pleasure.
idiot_wind
Posted: Jan 19, 2016 14:38
 

Great timing!

It's snowing outside and its around 10 degrees! 
kicking
(Thailand)
Posted: Dec 19, 2015 5:59
 

 colt4x5 wrote:

He was a gifted artist.

He was a Native activist in an age when that is taking a personal risk.

"The Hawaii state flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwoʻole's funeral. His koa wood coffin lay in state at the state capitol building in Honolulu. He was the third person in Hawaiian history to be awarded this honor, and the only one who was not a government official. Approximately ten thousand people attended the funeral." (Wikipedia)

That's all I can think about when I hear it. 
 

 
Fantastic!
colt4x5
(95.8 miles from Purgatory. (I measured it.))
Posted: Aug 15, 2015 21:01
 

 dave6 wrote:
great song, great singer, but he's dead and was hugely obese which probably killed him. that's all I can think about when I hear it. 😥
 
He was a gifted artist.

He was a Native activist in an age when that is taking a personal risk.

"The Hawaii state flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwoʻole's funeral. His koa wood coffin lay in state at the state capitol building in Honolulu. He was the third person in Hawaiian history to be awarded this honor, and the only one who was not a government official. Approximately ten thousand people attended the funeral." (Wikipedia)

That's all I can think about when I hear it. 
 
dave6
(Wayne, NJ)
Posted: Aug 15, 2015 20:51
 

great song, great singer, but he's dead and was hugely obese which probably killed him. that's all I can think about when I hear it. 😥
igwanna
(Denver, CO)
Posted: May 13, 2015 16:30
 

Best mike check in history..
...and keep your hands off my wife's ukulele!
Ginetta
(Ulm Germany)
Posted: May 10, 2015 2:18
 

 helgigermany wrote:
not my taste!

 
As you see below.. . mine neither {#Evil}
Ginetta
(Ulm Germany)
Posted: May 10, 2015 2:17
 

 sirtezza wrote:
I’m starting a petition to have every ukulele in the world destroyed!!  Who’s in?

 
Me!{#Frustrated}
helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: May 10, 2015 2:16
 

not my taste!
rabid_wolf
(Blue Ridge Mountains)
Posted: Apr 08, 2015 7:56
 

`olala
DaidyBoy
(Bristol, UK)
Posted: Apr 08, 2015 7:55
 

 thewiseking wrote:
If there's a hell, this will be playing there on an endless loop

 
Good luck to 'em.  I hope it cheers them up a bit during their torment.
thewiseking
(New York, New York)
Posted: Apr 08, 2015 7:53
 

If there's a hell, this will be playing there on an endless loop
markus333
(Breitscheid Countryside)
Posted: Mar 11, 2015 6:10
 

mahalo for playing this nice tune!!!
ice-9
Posted: Jan 07, 2015 10:45
 

 expertTexpert wrote:
Well, he has a nice clean voice, but the song itself isn't anything more than two touching tunes smooshed together.
It's pleasant, but there are things that are a lot more moving, to me, anyway. (For instance, JB's The Pretender is the same idea of despair and perseverance.)

If you're loving it, good on ya. But we all have our preferences. 

 
I read a story about this song, or heard a piece on the radio ... I forget, but I do remember learning that this was not planned and was sort of spontaneously thrown together tongue-in-cheek.  He knew he was getting the lyrics all wrong, but didn't care, since it was not intended for release.  My lasting impression was that he pretty much agreed that it was a trifle and that people might be (and probably should be) annoyed that there wasn't much attention to detail.
kh808
(HAWAII)
Posted: Jan 07, 2015 10:45
 

I was blessed to get to know Brother IZ as he is know in Hawaii, you could feel the true Aloha spirit from this very large man. We all do miss him his music last for ever and keeps his spirit alive I know he is playing with the angels now!   Mahalo for playing Bill
ChrisVIII
(Germany)
Posted: Jan 07, 2015 10:39
 

I hate this song... so slow and whining, repetitive and anything but "relaxing". It does just the contrary to me, makes me feel like shaking him so he would stop or give more energy... 2, because he has a nice voice and maybe we can hear it better on a different song. 
stalfnzo
(Somewhere... out there)
Posted: Dec 03, 2014 15:22
 

Sunny, with a touch of rain, right Bill? 
DaidyBoy
(Bristol, UK)
Posted: Oct 02, 2014 4:04
 

Don't make fun of fat people.  It only makes them eat more.  This guy had a beautiful voice.
expertTexpert
(High in the Custerdome)
Posted: Jul 31, 2014 17:26
 

Well, he has a nice clean voice, but the song itself isn't anything more than two touching tunes smooshed together.
It's pleasant, but there are things that are a lot more moving, to me, anyway. (For instance, JB's The Pretender is the same idea of despair and perseverance.)

If you're loving it, good on ya. But we all have our preferences. 
Sp3o
(Belgium)
Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:01
 

{#Sunny}{#Dancingbanana} Lekker number, he makes me feel slim.


handyrae
(Zero Point Field)
Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:01
 

 nutrod42 wrote:

I'm with you. How hard would it have been to get the lyrics right? 

 
Of for goodness sake! Isn't this a "mash-up?" So it's the lyrics from two songs and the artist has a lot of leeway to fit them together as he thinks best.
SquiddlyDiddly
(Brighton, UK)
Posted: Jun 30, 2014 9:58
 

For the record its not a ukelele he is playing, its a full sized guitar.

Its just he was so massive it looked small. 
Sloggydog
(UK)
Posted: May 30, 2014 1:39
 

Don't fight the smile Stingy-baby.  That's your soul bloke.
WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 18:37
 

 Stingray wrote:
Why I always have to smile in a weird way, when hearing this?

Frankly?

I think its big bag of  bull!

 

That's okay, Stingy. You're a teeny-weeny bag o' bull.
nutrod42
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 18:37
 

 emersonrp wrote:
I can't be the only one irritated that he knows like a third of the words to "Rainbow", all mixed in from different verses, and just sings them wrongly over and over?

 
I'm with you. How hard would it have been to get the lyrics right? 
rdo
(DC)
Posted: Apr 28, 2014 18:36
 

Yeah....no.
hugogdt
(Uppsala)
Posted: Mar 28, 2014 5:54
 

When I bought an ukelele this was of course my first attempt. But it is impossible to come close to the great atmosphere that Israel creates with this, simply magic!
Ubaldo
(Hurricane Alley, FL -- Inside the Cone)
Posted: Mar 28, 2014 5:52
 

This gets a 20
JeffGuyett
(Pullman WA)
Posted: Mar 13, 2014 15:05
 

 Boy_Wonder wrote:
My son's just said 'What's that.... it's a bit shit!'...... and I have to agree.


And has someone photoshopped the album cover or is he really that porky?

 
Boy_Wonder, yes, he "was" that porky, yes. RIP

The song is not shit, but a unique cover/approach that has been extremely overplayed, especially since his passing, used in saccharine soundtracks and overdubs in the most embarrassing manner. Still, not shit.


acamon
(Scotland)
Posted: Feb 28, 2014 1:49
 

"Someday I'll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me"
One day soon... #HawaiianIndependence
doktorpsilo
Posted: Feb 24, 2014 13:07
 

So many other great songs by Bruddah Iz, I wish you would play those instead of this overplayed one, such as 'Opae E.
RandomousJam
(RandomousJam.com)
Posted: Jan 27, 2014 6:21
 

I was surprised to learn this version came out in 1993. I first heard it second hand in the late 2000s.
Boy_Wonder
(Bath, back in the UK)
Posted: Jan 27, 2014 6:13
 

My son's just said 'What's that.... it's a bit shit!'...... and I have to agree.


And has someone photoshopped the album cover or is he really that porky?
KCayenne
Posted: Jan 23, 2014 17:05
 

Entered our St. Patrick's Day wedding reception to this song.......SMILES!
Bohemianbemuser
(State of Grace)
Posted: Dec 26, 2013 10:33
 

Cannot listen to this song any longer without it tearing my heart out. This was the last time I held my Mom's hand and sang with her, to this song. She is with Isreal over the rainbow I am sure singing along with him.
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Dec 26, 2013 10:33
 

A nice story with a tie to this song:

http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/12/24/schmitz-christmas-iowa