January 27, 2010

Angelina Jolie’s touching tribute to her late mother.

It’s always amazing to us how far IZ’s reach can go. From Better Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and now Angelina Jolie who used Over the Rainbow in this very touching tribute to her late mother…

January 25, 2010

Lynx 24/7: London, UK 2004

Here is a commercial featuring “Over the Rainbow” that was shown in the UK…

January 18, 2010

“No cry for me cuz, Go plant one tree…”

Life and Death as IZ see’s it….From IZ himself. I not scard_ plant a tree

January 13, 2010

Sometimes Israel and I Would Rehearse

Sometimes Israel and I would rehearse in his apartment working with a drum machine and a keyboard that I could pull out chords and sounds from.  His daughter and friends would be playing on the other side of the room from time to time but all that didn’t matter because Israel and I would be [More…]

January 11, 2010

Peugeot Automobile: Denmark, Sweden, Iceland in Feb 2006

In the next few months I want to share some of the worldwide television commercials in which we have licensed Israel’s music.
In Europe “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” has been a phenomenal success but other songs too……
They have a different way of making television commercials there.
It’s a music producer’s dream, in most of the commercials there was never a voiceover Just the music.
There have been over 80 licenses given worldwide.
Some of the most creative works I’ve ever seen………


January 08, 2010

Pre-song Chatter – Henehene Kou ‘Aka

Israel would often play around before a song. Making jokes, comments and chatter rarely counting off in a traditional way …. He’d just start playing. I would normally edit out and start on the down beat of the song. Here’s Henehene Kou ‘Aka without any edit …. enjoy jdm henehene

January 05, 2010

The first time Israel heard our version of Hawaii 78

Photo: Mountain Apple Company Studio – Palehua We recorded in two different places. Honolulu and at Palehua which are both in Hawai’i but a bit different. That’s a different story. He had been up at Palehua for some many days and I had been working on for many weeks what I thought was a break-through.

January 04, 2010

IZ’s Official Over the Rainbow Video

This is the official video for “Over the Rainbow” it currently has over 9.5 million worldwide views on youtube!

January 04, 2010

Israel’s Wonderful World Video

Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole’s video of the worldwide hit “What A Wonderful World” produced by Jon de Mello for The Mountain Apple Company