Tuesday, January 4, 2011

As the sun eclipsed ... resolution/acceptance of the conflicting attitudes toward change and memory




Music is said to be the voice of the Gods.  Timeless and yet present at precisely the point where the innocence of a moment lets all guards down opening to the potential of miracles, music can be the balm of birth wounds or resolve that is divine.  In the darkness of last night's pre-eclipse Pete and I lay together and talked of time present and times gone, time lost and friendships never to be the same.  We talked of corrections, heva (wrong-doings) and then the sun eclipsed with Capricorn's New Moon.  Miracle?  Probably.  Change?  Undoubtably.

We are older now, and we have left many, many  places and people.  So too have we become more and more accepting of what we had and what we have now.  Among the songs that melts all guards that keep me distanced from my self, the Hawaiian classic Ku'u Home O Hahalu'u written and song by Jerry Santos and his partner the late Robert Beaumont, speaks to my heart.  If you click on the link above you can listen to it yourself.

Cindy Combs, slack key artist from the Island of Kauai has also recorded this incredible, timeless ode and from the liner notes of her album "Slack Key Lady" I found this:

Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u (vocal)


Tuning: C Wahine (C–G–D–G–B–E)

-from the Liner Notes of  "Slack Key Lady" by Cindy Combs, Dancing Cat Records"

One of the great songs of the 1970s, Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u eloquently addresses the conflicting attitudes toward change and memory at the heart of traditional culture. Like many of the most successful pop songs, it is at once both candidly personal and strikingly universal. Cindy's friend Jerry Santos wrote it and first recorded it with the late Robert Beaumont as the popular duo Olomana on their 1976 album LIKE A SEABIRD IN THE WIND (Seabird Sound). As reflected by the song, the group Olomana has always been involved in deep community issues, combining political, social and artistic ideals of the highest order. "I've been in love with this song since the first time I heard Jerry sing it," says Cindy. "For the album I was trying to create an arrangement in C Tuning and just couldn't get what I felt it needed. Something seemed to be missing and I was getting kind of frustrated. Then, driving into the studio the next day, the Olomana recording came on the radio and that did it. Hallelujah, it was like a sign and after that, things just flowed." The Hawaiian word 'o'opu refers to Gobi fishes, Ko'olau refers to the Ko'olau Range on O'ahu; and the last phrase of each chorus (and the song title) "Me ke aloha ku'u home o Kahalu'u" means "Love for my home, Kahalu'u." Cindy dedicates her version me ke aloha pumehana (with warm aloha) to Jerry.

Is there music that does this for you?

3 comments:

Joan Tucker said...

M, Remember New Years in Honolulu listening to slack key at New Year event in downtown. Yesterday I fired up my ipod with Hawaiian tunes yesterday and made clay stuff; could feel those trades..

Mokihana and Pete said...

YES! I remember the time, and I feel them trades; with the windback in the trees here it's warmer and that's good. Clay stuff such perfect muddy work for you.

mokihana said...

The comments attached to Me Kuu Home O Kahaluu are rich. Pages of connection with that gem of a song that makes me sad and glad at the same time. This internet is some thing!
M