I researched this song [Somewhere Over the Rainbow – a mashup between Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and Jason Castro] today to add to some travel stuff I was writing. And oh my goodness I love this version. It’s a duet between someone living and someone no longer on earth – through the magic of what is apparently called digital mashup, a really unpleasant word for something that came out so beautiful. The version I have through iTunes is by Katherine McPhee, which I also love.
It’s very feminine of me perhaps, but I love these songs that strike that strange balance between bitter and sweet. Life itself is a balance of the two. I don’t know – maybe mashup is the perfect word after all.