• "I see what you don’t. Write about things least spoken of. Speak less, listen more. Watch less, observe more. Know more by learning more. Attach less, detach more. Be seen less, remembered more. And believe that less is, in fact, more."
  • "Today, organs can get replaced but no one has found a replacement for lost trust, abandoned hearts, shattered souls and tears that flowed. Imagine that!"
  • "Life is not a straight line. It is a circle. See you a-round!"
  • If you do not wish to cross the bridge when you get to it go ahead, take a boat... either way, cross over, you will have to."

Aug 08 2013

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

This true story is about a Hawaiian musician.

Image credit: en.wikipedia.org

Image credit: en.wikipedia.org

On May 20, 1959, in the final days of Hawai’i’s territorial era, three months before the Hawaiian Islands would become America’s 50th state, a baby was born in Honolulu, whose voice would unite the Hawaiian people and be heard all over the world.

His name was Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole ….
(translation: “The Fearless Eye, the bold face”)
Also called Bruddah Iz (Brother Iz).

Throughout his life, Kamakawiwoʻole suffered from severe obesity and at one point weighed 757 pounds (343 kg) standing 6 foot-2 inch tall.

He endured several hospitalisations because of health problems caused by his obesity. Beset with respiratory, heart and other medical problems, he died at the age of 38 on June 26, 1997…. Thousands of fans gathered as his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Mākua Beach in Hawaii, on July 12, 1997.

Gone Too Soon!
… YET his spirit lives on….. in one of his most famous songs… and one of my favourites…

Sensitive, melodious, soulful… Iz …. still is ♥

“Somewhere over the rainbow
Where troubles melt like lemon drops” … is where I’d like to reside…

“Somewhere over the rainbow
Where blue birds fly…” is where I’d like to breathe.

“High above the chimney top, that’s where… you’ll find me…. “

© Maulshri Rajdhan

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