January 21, 2011

Funky Music Friday ... Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Posted by meli on Friday, January 21, 2011 in , | No comments
Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole, or Brotha IZ as he was affectionately known, originally performed this song using the beautiful sound of the ukelele. When Jason Castro sang this song on American Idol it was a hit, and when he chose to perform it again for his top 10 or 8 or 6 (or whatever it was) performance, he preluded the song with a shout out to IZ, and he said something like...

"this version of the song is really magical.
it captures what the song is all about ...
hope and dreams,
and dreams coming true.
dreams do come true
I hope this inspires you to dream big".


I chose this song for a few reasons.
Most surface reason would be the start of a new American Idol season. Although, that's a bit of a cop out. Not really the reason I chose this song (I don't even watch the show, lol. I watched for maybe 2 seasons. The last being the season this song was played), it just sort of happens to line up perfectly, so I had to mention it.

No, the real reasons are ...
1. there's a great amount of turmoil going on in my family right now. Abandonment, again. No clue where he is, again. No word to the kids, again. This song is reminding me not to lose hope, not to stop dreaming, and not to stop striving for those dreams to come true. and ...
2. I love this version of the song so completely that it has been my cell phone ringtone for a year or two now. Once in a while I get the urge to find something new, a change, but nothing stacks up to this beautiful song. I wont let go of it. And I wont let go of the hope and dream that soon one of these calls will be from my husband...



Somewhere Over the Rainbow ~Jason Castro
oooooooooooooh
somewhere over the rainbow
way up high
and the dreams that you dream of
once in a lullaby

somewhere over the rainbow
bluebirds fly
and the dreams that you dream of
dreams really do come true

some day I'll wish upon a star
and wake up where the clouds are far behind me
where troubles melt like lemon drops
high above the chimney tops
that's where you'll find me

somewhere over the rainbow
bluebirds fly
and the dream that you dare to
why oh why can't I?

one day I'll wish upon a star
wake up where the clouds are far behind me
where troubles melt like lemon drops
high above the chimney tops
that's where you'll find me

oh somewhere over the rainbow
bluebirds fly
and the dream that you dare to
why oh why can't I?

ooooooooh ...

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