I’d heard his rendition of “Over the Rainbow” before, but didn’t know that the singer was Israel Kamakawiwo’ole until we’d returned from Hawaii and a friend mentioned him. “Bruddah Iz” was a native Hawaiian with the voice of an angel. This song takes on a fresh new meaning in a land where, unlike Kansas, you see rainbows almost daily, combined with the knowledge that Kamakawiwo’ole died at the age of 38, shortly after this recording was made. Some might consider the lyrics escapist, but sung by this gentle mountain of a man, it strikes me as the sort of simple, hopeful message that’s consistent with Easter. The ukulele accompaniment is a refreshing contrast to the big orchestral backup that Judy Garland had.