“Think as I think,” said a man, “or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad.” And after I thought of it, I said, “I will, then, be a toad.” ― Stephen Crane
What's incredible is that his guitar there is actually one of those huge Mariachi guitars, but the optics really fool the eye.
It is just peaceful music bags.Sometimes I just put it on in the yard and sit back with a cold drink and think about being on the beach.Iz was a great guy. But like many native Hawaiians the sugar did him in.His music is wonderful though.
I have been listening to Iz since back when he was still alive. As it turns out, weighing close to 700 pounds decreases one's longevity. Who knew?Is it okay to mock Hawaiian accents? They are Americans, in theory, and certainly some of them are not, in practice, and the last time I was there I flew in from Sydney. Nice flight - Quantas, so I wasn't concerned. Pilot was not named Mo anything. Anyway, flying west to east, and crossing the international date line, does funny things to a person.I got on the hotel courtesy bus at the airport and rode from hotel to hotel, but I couldn't understand the driver when she announced the names of the hotels. As I say, part of it was exhaustion, part of it was the goofy way those Sandwich Islanders talk. She kept saying "Ow Tree Gah". Ow tree gah? What? What language is that? I had spent weeks in Japan, some time in Singapore, Oz (and who can understand that lot, amirite?) and so I am mulling over ow tree gah - when I happened to glance out the window - what do you know - the hotel was the Outrigger. Sumbitch. I would never have guessed that based on what I was hearing. So I am all for mocking the Polynesian Americans - they are difficult to understand. Just don't mock the guys from Asmat - heads will roll. Literally.Pro tip, Troop, hang around with Pacific Islanders - Tongans, Samoans, Hawaiians - they are slimming.
Iz was a talented guy. Relaxing stuff.The Bible has been translated into Pigdin. I bought my son one for Christmas a few years back. Sample:Da Boss Above, he take care me, Jalike da sheep farma take care his sheeps. He goin give me everyting I need.He let me lie down wea da sweet an soft grass stay. He lead me by da water wea I can rest.He give me new kine life. He lead me in da road dat stay right, Cuz I his guy.
My Hawaiian girl friend from many years ago sent me an Iz CD. On it was his version of John Denver's Country Roads. That beautiful song brought up a tinge of regret that I never made it to the Islands. I was, however, part of a Hawaiian family for five years in San Francisco so I was able to see those islands through their eyes and from the stories they told. Thanks, Trooper and Sixty, for reigniting old memories.
@ Dad Bones. That was beautiful. I have never heard of this artist. He is wonderful. What an angelic song. I'm a real sucker for a male tenor voice.
Not that it matters to anyone but me but this is the song I was trying to link. Shoulda double checked.
Iz is incredibly beloved in Hawaii. I used to own a place in Maui and he was huge there. When he died the natives there were very depressed, but alas, he was a victim of his own glutony regardless of the fact that he was really a gently soul that was super talented.
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