What you're about to read is a collection of pointers to some of the music I've discovered on the iTunes Music Store, music I like enough that I want to share it. If you're an iPod owner and an iTunes fan (and if you aren't, what are you doing here?), maybe you'll find something new. Click on any of the CD covers to bounce over to the store and sample a few tracks. And then maybe stop by my other blog for a few well chosen words (and maybe a random snark or two).RSS feed
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    Rock (105)
     Soundtrack (32)
      Spoken Word (1)
       Vocal (15)
        World (15)

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Wed, 29 Sep 2004

E Ala E / Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
E Ala E 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 Don 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 Tiny Tim.

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 Wind Beneath My Wings and the raw power of his rendition of the theme from Gilligan's Island. Anybody who can give dignity to Sherwood Schwartz is truly touched by the gods.

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