While Glee has popularized the expression Mash-UP, (a song created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs), my favorite mashup of all time is Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World.
I was driving over Mulholland today after a long meeting and a fairly miserable day, when a huge rainbow suddenly appeared smack dab in front of me. And I smiled. And my perspective immediately shifted as I thought about IZ and my favorite rainbow song (sorry Kermit, yours is number two). The combination of the lyrics, the ukulele and IZ’s sweet voice are the soundtrack for the magic of the rainbow which, today, provided traffic congested drivers with a bit of beauty. I quickly took a picture with my iPhone— RIP Steve Jobs–someone who truly took IZ’s lyric’s to heart… ‘and the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true”.
RIP Steve Jobs. RIP IZ.