I wish it could transport me back to the first time I saw my favourite film, but I honestly can’t remember. All I know is that by the time I actually remember watching Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, The Wicked Witch, Glinda, and The Wizard, watching the movie had become a daily ritual.
Even now I watch it whenever I get the chance and always sing along with my favourite song. I can feel Dorothy’s longing and the words and music never lose their meaning and emotion.
What you may not realize about the song is that it has been sung by many others, including Israel Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole, a Hawaiian musician. As much as I associate “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” with Dorothy, Israel brings something unique and special to the music. The strumming of the ukulele and Israel’s gentle voice transports me to another place—a warmer, happier, sunnier place.
Known throughout his career as the “Gentle Giant”, Israel was not only famous for his beautiful singing voice and expert ukelele playing, but for his Hawaiian advocacy projects. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1997 due to complications from his obesity, which included cardiac and respiratory issues. But, he will always be remembered for his soulful voice and songs that soar, over the rainbow.
Click on the video below to listen to this song—Israel’s voice and music deserve to be heard. Please like and share the post with family and friends!