So, Reddit brought out an awesome music link that I would have never expected: Ukuleles. Considering that I spent a few years living in Hawaii when my dad was in the Navy, I’m totally familiar with this sweet little instrument. However, I missed some really good singers that love this instrument (which I took them for granted since they were everywhere). No, I’m not talking about the music of Don Ho, because as beloved as he was (sorry to all you fans), you can only listen to Tiny Bubbles so many times before you lose it.
The wonders of the Ukulele, the traditional instrument of Hawaii, can be found in humorous songs as well as melancholic songs. The purity of 4 simple strings that emit such a cascade of emotions when they are strummed and plucked is an experience to be shared. I remember learning to play the Uke while in school, as well as learning to hula and also play with many other traditional Islander “toys” (like the awesomely fun Poi Balls – sometimes with fire). It was a fun place to be a kid!
Now Reddit has managed to find an incredible singer (or two), Austin, who manages to pair the Goo Goo Dolls with a Ukulele. Needless to say, he’s got an amazing voice, so enjoy:
Austin Criswell (aka ACMusic7) - Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)
Of course, you can’t not listen to this legend of the Ukulele:
IZ (aka Israel Kamakawiwo’ole) - Somewhere Over The Rainbow (with tear-jerking tribute at end)
I thought that this would be a beautiful start to a new week. At least it’ll be relaxing, right? Check out both of these incredible singers’ sites to enjoy more of their music. You’ll be glad that you did!
- Mahalo to Reddit and to Hawaii for letting me remember some beautiful memories!