Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Soundtrack of My Life - Track 1

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Everyone knows this version* of the classic song, although you may not realize it right away. But I guarantee you've heard it. This is the version that was playing on ER the night the Dr. Green died in Hawaii. It's also the background music for the current Rice Krispies commercials, and was used by eToys before it went under.

This has long been one of my favorite songs. It's simultaneously uplifting and heart-breaking. It expresses hope more powerful than pain, and the possibility of what's to come.

I was going to tell you all about how this song has played a role in my life, about how it fits into my soundtrack. But right now, this song has a special significance. So, instead of talking about me, I want to dedicate this song to all the Hokies out there. God bless you all.

* The linked video from YouTube includes scenes from Iz's funeral celebration.


Jo said...

That's totally stuck in my head now you know.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
and wake up where the clouds are far behind
ooohhh ooooh oooh

Helen Skor said...

Ah, but if you have to have a song stuck in your head, this beats Jefferson Starship's "We built this city" rambling through your brain all day!! (Thanks, PL, I still I haven't forgiven you for that!)