Thursday, January 26, 2017

Inauguration Day - (A Bad Lip Reading)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Life Accordion to Trump

Remember when President Clinton played the saxophone? It's always nice to see musical talents in our political leader. Donald also has some musical talents as well as the creator of this video @rabbitandcoffee (Huw Parkinson).

And then there is this

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Iesu No Ke Kahuhipa (Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us)

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In 1972 was still finishing up my Navy service and was unable to attend my cousin Marcia's wedding. She was living in Hawaii with her husband and my cousins sang this beautiful Hawaiian adaptation of an old hymn (Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us) at their wedding ceremony.

Just recently I rediscovered a 1972 recording that my cousin's husband had made. Thanks to YouTube and Google I not only found the lyrics, but a good idea how to play it on the guitar. 

One staple of Hawaiian music is Slack-key Guitar in which the instrument is tuned to open tunings. I noticed in the video that Jesse Tinsley seemed to playing in an open G tuning (most of the strings are tuned down, "slackened"). The "E" string is slackened to ""D" giving a lovely bass note.

Here are two renditions, the first is my cousins and the next is my YouTube find. Enjoy!

Click here for the Lyrics in Hawaiian and English