Thursday, June 19, 2008

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

I got this message from a friend today and looked up this beautiful video. Having lived in Hawaii, then returned there once, the island still runs in my blood, even more so after watching this.

A portion of the letter:

I recorded Larry King last night and just watched it. They discussed Tim Russert's memorial service. I watched most of it. The song that played as everyone was leaving was "Over the Rainbow" by Iz, the Hawaiian singer who died at a young age from complications of obesity. His version of OTR was playing when I was in the airport in Honolulu getting ready to meet my husband. I have his CD with the recording. If you've never heard it, go to YouTUbe to listen...so different and really beautiful. Anyway...the amazing thing...and I just LOVE when things like this happen...Larry K talked about how they played OTR and then after the ceremony a huge full rainbow appeared...actually was partly a double rainbow. Wow! The same thing happened when we came back to TX after leaving HI. I was having so many mixed emotions, leaving the beauty of HI for HOT S. TX (it was Aug.) and a day or two after we got back we had a sun shower in the evening. I went outside for something and there was a double rainbow. I felt like it was just for me. :)

8 comments:

Annie Wicking and Loman Austen said...

Sometime beauty surprises us by coming when we least expect it.
What a beauty voice!

Best wishes

Annie

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Thanks for posting this, Pris.

Pris said...

Thank you both for stopping by. This video still tugs at my heartstrings.

Brian Campbell said...

Wow! he really brings out a genuine feeling from this trite cliche of a song... startling and touching at once.

Pris said...

Doesn't he, though!

Pris said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_17vGYa81s&feature=related

Here's another more traditional one by him, joined in song by hawaian onlookers. Beautiful!

Ellen M Johns said...

I already have this downloaded onto my Mp3...beautiful.
My friend Ang and me listen to it when we get down in the dumps...this version is so uplifting.

Pris said...

Ellen
I love this version, too!