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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Medley


Do you remember the Sean Connery movie Finding Forrester?  It wasn't a bad little film, I recall enjoying it at the time, but today the first thing I remember about the movie is the song that played during the closing credits.

It was "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "What A Wonderful World" tied together and it was so mellow and sweet I was sure to wait for the soundtrack credits to learn who was behind this intoxicating medley.  It was Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, a name I had never seen before.

I soon learnt Israel Kamakawiwo'ole was a recently deceased Hawaiian musician and that his medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" was his signature song.  I've heard it since in other films and commercials and here it is, an ideal song to take us away as we await yet another snow storm.

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