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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole

Continuing the spirit from last week, we stop by the motion of our life's wave of destiny, stand still, open your arms wide, close your eyes, and feel your life passes by. Visualize the journey seeking for that something; be it a possession of love or affection from insignificant others, fulfillment of achievement in your life, or that destination at the end of the track, in you heart. Somewhere far, yet still reachable.

But every journey and destination has its hurdles and obstacles. Fret not of these blunders and misfortune but take a deep breath and keep going on. Because we all know, something good, something better, something wonderful is waiting for us at the other side. Take that leap of faith, believe in the possibilities that you dreamed of, and hope that you are moving closer and closer each day to that place just over the rainbow.

'Somewhere over the Rainbow' encourages us to adopt the optimist point of view and grasp the fact that there is something great, waiting in the distance. It is a journey in search for something good. It helps us believe in a place, where you will soon be happy. Whether literal of figurative, it all dependent on your own self. This song teaches us to follow our dreams and that nothing is impossible if you dream big.

Originally titled as 'Over the Rainbow' this beautiful ballad was written by E.Y. Harburg, musically composed by Harold Arlen, and originally performed by Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale for the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. Though this song is adapted so many time by various artistes, such as Eva Cassidy, Danielle Hope, Kylie Minogue and few others, this song retained its glory as Judy's signature song. In our hearts of hearts, this song embodies of what a great entertainer she was.

One particular version, sung by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole version, however stands out from the rest of the covers as his beautiful ukulele medley of this song and 'What a Wonderful World'. With the release of his album titled 'Facing Future', his single of this song topped and rise to many different charts and billboards, gaining popularity by melting a lot of the fan's hearts and moving them to tears. Though many disputes between Judy and Iz as the better performer for this song, they would all agree that both of these great performers are have their own beautiful presentation for the song and that they are happy, somewhere over the rainbow.

"Someday, I wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That's where'll you find me
Somewhere, over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
And the dreams that you dare to
Oh why, oh why can't I?"

.::Rest In Peace::.
Judy Garland & Israel Kamakawiwo'ole