Pua Tuberose

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

I’ve enjoyed listening to Sonny Chillingworth ever since I connected with slack key and Hawaiian music. His “Spanish bass” style was instantly appealing, as was his soothing baritone voice. I’ve had a soft spot for Pua Tuberose ever since hearing his recording on the Sonny Solo CD. And of course the song moved up a few notches when I discovered that Ledward often includes Pua Tuberose in his slow song medleys.

The song is an old one, from the 1920s according to huapala.org and tells about the remembrance of a lost love who was somehow associated with the fragrant flower. The simple story of the lyric triggers a chain of surmises and suppositions, the hidden meaning expresses itself based on our own experience with lost love.

There’s a techie side to this video as well. I recently got a new recording gadget, an iRig Pro audio interface for my iPhone. So I used the iRig, a nice Shure mic, and my iPhone 6+ to record “Pua Tuberose” as a slack key instrumental. And just to make it interesting I shot the song twice, changing camera angles. I’ve also done a blog post and video at my Homebrewed Music blog going over a couple of tricks for the iPhone as a music camera.

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    I have recorded a CD called Kaleponi, all solo acoustic slack key instrumentals, mostly traditional pieces, a few originals.


    You an buy a copy of the CD or download the tracks at CD Baby.

    If you prefer, you can download individual tracks or the whole album from iTunes as well.

    The complete liner notes and back cover notes of Kaleponi are available here.