Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday On My Mind - 9

It's been a couple of weeks since I took part in the 'Friday On My Mind' photo feature from Rhonda of the lovely Down To Earth blog, so on my mind today, Friday 20 May?

A song that makes me daydream every time, it's a classic, Over The Rainbow, but with a twist, sung by the amazing Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, who unfortunately died before his time, in 1997, aged just 38.

He at one point weighed in at 350kg!  His brother died of issues relating to his obesity also.  While he was a man mountain, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole had the voice of an angel.

We'll be using this song in our wedding :), which is another reason it's On My Mind!

Plus it's one of my Mum's favourite songs (the original version :)  )  and she's about to head into surgery (minor surgery, fingers crossed), playing this song while she's in surgery helps take my mind of feeling like a terrible daughter for having moved 1,300kms away from home!  Get well soon Mum, good vibes on their way to you and the surgeon this very moment.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - his version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow is amazing
The YouTube link to Somewhere Over The Rainbow is:


  1. This is an absolutely beautiful version of this song. It brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my mouth every time I hear it. :)

    I hope your mum's surgery goes well :)

  2. Thanks Shelley, it does the same to me every time, combined with Mums surgery, the screen has gone a bit blurry, need to close Youtube :) Thanks for your thoughts re mums surgery also :)

  3. A gorgeous version indeed!

  4. what fun to have a wedding song on your mind! thanks for making me smile!

  5. I first heard this song from "Into the Wild" and I too love it!

  6. Wow, that was lovely. Thanks for sharing. Voice of an angel indeed.

  7. Hi Mel, I love that song too and it's such a shame he died so young.
    I hope your mom is OK !!
    Have a great weekend.



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