Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Hush Over the Crowd

A  L  O  H  A !
" Perfection is a trifle dull. 
It is not the least 
of life's ironies 
that this, which 
we all aim at, 
is better not
quite achieved. "
                   Somerset Maugham

“The broad-minded see 
the truth in 
different religions;
 the narrow-minded see 
only the differences”
                       Chinese Proverb

“Spread love 
everywhere you go:
 First of all 
in your own house...
 let no one ever come to you 
without leaving better and happier.
 Be the living expression 
of God's kindness; 
kindness in your face,
 kindness in your eyes, 
kindness in your smile,
                      Mother Teresa 


What are you
spreading around?

I'm making up for
all the disharmony
I spread before:
"Get OUT of MY Way!"

One thing I share
is music.
Never without
my little 

Was at the Busiest
Costco in the Chain
(Iwilei, Honolulu)
the other day.

It was a mad house!

The crowd at the check-out
was restless for 
Hawaii people.

Everyone in Hawaii
knows "Hawaii Aloha"
many events, 
including the legislative
session, open with
this song.

So I like to start
with Hawaii Aloha,
then segue into
Aloha `Oe
to respect this place,
the spirits that linger,
and any local person
in earshot.

I began playing.

A hush.

Then soft singing
by some present.

The time flew by
and it was my turn.

Folks let me know
that they liked it.

Once a woman told me:
"You changed the whole
atmosphere in here!"

What a gift
to be able to
do that!
The gift of music.

Then I left.

Everyone's day
was better after that.
Or so I like to believe.

Just let your ego go
and BLOW!

Here's a quick & dirty
recording of me
jazzing up those
venerable songs:

                       Love, cloudia


eViL pOp TaRt said...

What a lovely song! It was inspirational to play that for the people waiting at Cosco. You are so wise; it should be a duty for us to spread joy to others and bolster their spirits!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Cloudia, was Costco having a big sale? I love the Hawaiian music, it is a lovely song to share. Mother Theresa was a smart woman! Enjoy your Tuesday!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I would have loved to be in that crowd Cloudia, what a treat! I see an Ocarina duet with yourself and Aimee :)

TexWisGirl said...

wow! you play beautifully! what a happy sound your instrument has!

21 Wits said...

Oh yes, sweet Cloudia, you are a rainbow in our clouds, Aloha!

Teresa said...

What an amazing post! So, you're like the Pied Piper with your ocarina, turning rats into human beings at Costco. I love the picture of the narrow space between the buildings and the quote you chose to match with it. When you go to Costco during the Xmas rush lines, you'll probably need an electric guitar and portable amp to get everyone boogie-in' down instead of grumbling about the lines.

Halcyon said...

Love your rainbow. :)

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful song and beautiful post.

RedPat said...

You are wonderful, Cloudia!

LOLfromPasa said...

Love the song. Both videos lovely.

William Kendall said...

Wise quotes and wonderful shots!

Elephant's Child said...

No-one could listen to that an hang onto anxiety and frazzlement. Lovely. And thank you.

FilipBlog said...

hm, your traditional rainbow pictures.


Big Sky Heidi said...

You play the ocarina beautifully. Such a lift!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

"yes, but can you say Kalanianaole?"

Would it be Ca-la-knee-an-ow-lee?

Cloudia said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your comments today!!!


Su-sieee! Mac said...

I like your story about Costco, Cloudia. Good for you. Thanks for sharing the link about the Ocarina. I went over there and listened to the music and read about it. This may be the Husband's birthday present this year. I'll get one, too, so I can join in. Why should he have all the fun. :-)