August 03, 2008

Sunday Music: Israel Kamakawiwoʻole: "Over the Rainbow"/ "What a Wonderful World"



Israel "Iz" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole(May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997) (pronounced [kaˌmakaˌvivoˈʔole]) was a Hawaiian musician. He is to Hawaiian music what Bob Marley was to Jamaican music.

Let's give a listen.

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Looks like I'll be heading over to Dublin ( hey Doyle, save me a Guinness!) and London for work in September. And its likely that for the second time since 2001, I will be flying London- NYC on September 11.

The first time was in 2002. I took a nearly empty American Airlines flight from Heathrow to JFK. Underneath my business shirt, I wore a t shirt with an American flag on it. Sometimes, everything you do makes a statement.

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The New York Yankees held their Old Timers Day yesterday. Its the one day when they invite many of their former players to come back to be recognized, and for some to take part in a two-inning friendly game.

The Yankees have the richest history of any team in baseball, and probably in all of sports. This history was honored yesterday when old men ( Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford ) got to hang out with younger retired players ( Reggie Jackson, Bucky Dent ) and players who seemingly were playing just yesterday ( David Wells, Rickey Henderson ). Its a beautiful celebration of the long history of baseball, and of its most famous team.

In yesterday's NY Times, there was an op-ed piece bemoaning the fact that the New York Mets no longer have their own Old Timers Game.

Why not? You'd think that a team with 45 years plus history would have enough memories to work with. A team spokesman said that they stopped having these events because they "didn't make enough money". Well, if you want to remain the number two team in NYC for another thirty years, keep thinking like that.








http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/opinion/02biegel.html?scp=2&sq=old%20timers%20day&st=cse

5 comments:

The Green Hornet said...

Phantom, how i've heard it all

The Green Hornet said...

Let me change that to SEEN everything too

Rob K said...

thanks for posting that video--it's great stuff.

Daphne said...

I love your eclectic nature.

Mahons said...

I have the CD. I also didn't know the Mets crapped out on Old Timers Day. A crime.