Summer’s here, it’s official (at least for those in the Northern Hemisphere), so I thought I’d share this gem with you in the second installment of Shack’s Sunday Selections, where I feature a record from my friend’s collection. His name is Shack, by the way.
If you’re familiar with Hawaiian music, especially with the Hawaiian Renaissance movement of the 70s, Olomana is a household name. Jerry Santos and Robert Beaumont created some of Hawaii’s most inspiring music during that era with their acoustic guitars—and won plenty of awards to show for it.
Case in point: Come To Me Gently, released in 1980 on Seabird Records, garnered six Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (the top music awards ceremony in the Islands), including: Contemporary Hawaiian Album Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year (“Come To Me Gently”), Hawaiian Language Song Of The Year (“E Ku’u Sweet Lei Poina ‘Ole”), Group Of The Year, and Engineer (Jim Linkner).
The album, according to Olomana’s website, was “an effort to call people back to the spirit that is Hawaii. This music stressed the importance in sharing between the generations.”
And look! Here we are in 2013, and this blogger who wasn’t even born when Come To Me Gently came out is sharing with you a gem from a generation past. But I’d like to add to the synopsis: equally as important is this music’s ability not only to span generations, but oceans, nations, and cultures too.
So wherever you are in the world right now, I hope you enjoy this summertime tune, “Sunny Days”. Feel free to comment below and let me know what you think about it.