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:-( This just hit the news.
I think his TV show only lasted a year for perhaps some of the reasons you stated, but he was a lovable character, and the fog of memory softens many insincerity's in our thoughts.gary said:I just eliminated a longer post because I think it will be taken wrong. So let me begin this one by saying cheers to Don for keeping musicians working, keeping live entertainment alive, and for furthering Hawaiian music and mystique before the general audience for so many years. The Hawaiian music and experience is probably better off because of his shows and success over the course of so many years; quite an accomplishment.
My experience with him goes back to when he played/sang at his parent's place "Honeys" in Kaneohe- before he was a hit- and then later at Duke Kahanamoku's, etc. Considering the sensitivity of commenting with anything negative on someone's passing, I'll just say that my experience with his show and his delivery is not the same as those posted above - I found the music banal and his delivery insincere- and I wonder how many of you actually saw Don Ho.
That being said, his being able to keep up with all of this for so many years is quite an accomplishment. He is a legend and if he brought a good feeling to his listeners, that's wonderful. May he rest in peace.
"Spitting on his grave"? :scratch: Here's another cute phrase: "Killing a gnat with a sledge-hammer";Bar-Ron said:Personally I think when some one passes on its customary not to spit on their grave, even if it's to reflect upon personal experience. I think there is some sort of unwritten politeness rule on that. Maybe I am just old fashioned.
Yeah, I hope the Reverands aren't offended that the poor man died and his name just happened to be "Ho"martysax said:Was it the "nappy headed" comment that killed him?
Do you think he took it personally?
You are right, I was a bit more sledgy like than needed.:shock:gary said:"Spitting on his grave"? :scratch: Here's another cute phrase: "Killing a gnat with a sledge-hammer";
which is what your reply is, and which raises a question about hidden agendas.
My post is tactful, as well as honest. I weighed my words carefully, specifically not to seem disingenuous. I wanted to make sure that what I said was respectful on his passing. There are plenty of compliments and credit for his accomplishments given. To say that I am spitting on his grave is a gross exaggeration.
Here, let's make a list:
references to banality and insincerity, vs.
- cheers to Don for keeping musicians working
- (for) keeping live entertainment alive
- for furthering Hawaiian music and mystique before the general audience for so many years
- Hawaiian music and experience is probably better off...quite an accomplishment
- he brought a good feeling to his listeners, that's wonderful
- his being able to keep up with all of this for so many years is quite an accomplishment
- May he rest in peace
Spitting on his grave? Give me a break!