Melelanaby Keali'i Reichel
Keali'i Reichel combines two Hawaiian words -- "mele," which he defines as "song, anthem, or chant of any kind; poem, poetry, to sing," and "lana," "floating, buoyant, moored, afloat, adrift; to drift, lie at anchor; calm, still, as water" -- summing up the resulting word, "melelana," as "a lullaby." The songs on the album of this title certainly have the calm mood of lullabies, but most of them are not songs to put children to sleep, per se. Rather, this is a typically eclectic Reichel collection, always maintaining a combination of Hawaiian traditional elements and folk-pop, but varying from actual traditional songs to originals by contemporary Hawaiian songwriters (including the singer), and some material from further afield. Included, for instance, is contemporary Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman's "I Will Be Here," sung in English, with another English-language song being "The Road That Never Ends," a newly written wedding song by Jim Kimball. Reichel also reaches back to the interwar era for "Lei Hinahina," a song that, with its familiar steel guitar arrangement, sounds like the kind of music non-Hawaiians associated with the islands when Bing Crosby was singing it. Throughout, Reichel sings in his appealing tenor, making this a pleasant journey whatever side trips may be involved.
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- Punahele Productions
Performance CreditsKeali'i Reichel Primary Artist
Terry Wollman Guitar
Frank Fitzpatrick Bass,Guitar,Drums
Jeff Gauthier Violin
Iki Levy Percussion
Mark Hollingsworth Wood Flute
Peggy Baldwin Cello
Kapono Beamer nose flute
Darrin McCann Viola
Cameron Patrick Violin
Kathleen Robertson Violin
Technical CreditsJim Linker Engineer
Jim Linkner Engineer
Pua Kanahele Composer
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Love him-love him Great in the car to keep you happy and calm when driving
When ever the weather gets me down here in the Seattle area or I just need a soothing listen - I play all of his albums. What a treat...
Play his music, close your eyes, and you will imagine that you are in Hawai'i. We have listened to this CD since returning from Hawai'i and his music makes the memories come alive.
We came home from our vacation with a piece of Hawaii, and fell in love with Keali'i and his way of portraying the culture and feel for Hawaii. This is a favorite, but his others are also wonderful.