Friday Videos Like Being Over the Rainbow

Happy New Year to everyone, including Australia and New Zealand where I think they're celebrating already. This song makes me smile, and I hope it makes you smile, too.


Israel Kamakaiwo'ole died in 1997, and the crowd shots at the end are for the scattering of his ashes into the ocean in Hawaii.

New Year's is an end and a beginning, and may your new year bring peaceful ends and peaceful beginnings, and really, really good books. 


Friday Videos

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    Patricia says:

    I love this song. 

    Israel Kamakawiwo’ole was profiled as part of the 50 Great Voices series on NPR last year.  The piece talks about the recording of this song (1 take! And it almost didn’t get made because the studio was closing for the day) and Israel’s death and funeral, among other things.  It’s an amazing profile to listen to (or read):

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    “including Australia and New Zealand where I think they’re celebrating already.”

    Er, no, we’re still a good 30 hours away from Midnight on New Year’s Eve :)

    But it’s the thought that counts!

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    ms bookjunkie says:

    Wow! His voice gave me the chills. *shiver*

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    azteclady says:

    Thank you, Sarah—and right back at you!

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    Maria D. says:

    I love this song! Happy New Years Everyone!

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    Panadda3 says:

    Thank you for posting this and a Happy New Years!

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    MaddBookish says:

    This is my favorite version of this song. I have it and his Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on my daughters bedtime playlist and she loves IZ too. The end of this video made me tear up.

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    Tyler Zey says:

    Love this song! Great after a long trying day.  Hope you have a happy new year celebration

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    Jen says:

    This is one of my favorite songs, but I’d never seen the video before. It brought tears to my eyes. Such a great talent he was, and so sad that he’s no longer with us.

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    msilk says:

    Very long stressful day at work today, came home and watched the video.  It mellowed me right out, thanks! Happy New Year to everyone as well!

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    museredux says:

    Listen—and you remember all are one with the cosmos. Thank you.

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    rednikki says:

    Have you guys seen this appalling post from The Jane Dough, a feminist blog?…

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    rednikki says:

    I should have added, “this appalling post that slams romance novels.” Direct quote: “If books organized in cliques, romance novels would be among the last rungs on the social ladder. And their besties would be self-help guides.”

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    SB Sarah says:

    I don’t disagree with them. Romance novels are considered by others, particularly outside the genre, to be lowbrow and among the lowest in stature compared to other books. I disagree with that assessment and defend romance often, but I know that many consider romance to be exactly as Jane Dough said – even though they’re totally wrong.

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