Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Facing the FutureIsrael Kamakawiwo'ole Facing the FutureWell up until this weekend I never heard of this guy. However, like me you it is very likely you have heard his medley of Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a wonderful world. Israel was an award winning Haywain singer who lived from 20 May 1959 to 26 June 1997.

What a coincidence tomorrow is 20 May so happy birthday IZ, wherever you are. You have given us all a blessing with your music. You have been a superb example of what is means to be a human being. Your passion and love shines through your music every time it is used a movie. “Somewhere over the rainbow/What a wonderful world” was used at the end of the Forbidden Kingdom (Jet Li, Jackie Chan), which I watched this past weekend. Anyway here’s the brilliant tribute to IZ. If you find yourself shedding a few tears like I did, don’t worry be happy…