Ka Hikina O Ka Hau (The Coming of the Snow) (Dancing Cat, 2007)
Guitarists or everyday guitar junkies might want to take a listen to Keola Beamer’s "Ka Hikina O Ka Hau" (The Coming of the Snow) CD. This gem of a CD is a feast of classical selections composed by such greats as Satie, Ravel, Stravinsky, Piazzolla and Mendelssohn, among others. It also features "Poli`ahu (The Mauna Kea Snow Goddess) composed by Mr. Beamer and his classic version of "The Little Dummer Boy."
If it’s the traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar you’re looking for you might want to pass, but Keola Beamer‘s masterful elegance and expert layering should be all the draw you need.
Buy Ka Hikina O Ka Hau.
Author: TJ Nelson
TJ Nelson is a regular CD reviewer and editor at World Music Central. She is also a fiction writer. Check out her latest book, Chasing Athena’s Shadow.
Set in Pineboro, North Carolina, Chasing Athena’s Shadow follows the adventures of Grace, an adult literacy teacher, as she seeks to solve a long forgotten family mystery. Her charmingly dysfunctional family is of little help in her quest. Along with her best friends, an attractive Mexican teacher and an amiable gay chef, Grace must find the one fading memory that holds the key to why Grace’s great-grandmother, Athena, shot her husband on the courthouse steps in 1931.
Traversing the line between the Old South and New South, Grace will have to dig into the past to uncover Athena’s true crime.