Bright colored pinwheels go 'round in my head.
I love it! I’ve met people on the mainland named Lonnie but never Lani from Leilani! I have some friends here named Leilani; they go by “Lei” for short more often than “Lani.” In any case, it’s a beautiful name. I hope to do more research on Lani Hall! My mom appreciates her work with Herb Alpert. I know that my mom thought Lani had Hawaiian connections and that Herb was Latino at one point—she was surprised to learn that Herb is a talented Jewish American trumpeter. Honestly, even if the two of them are not Brazilian or Latino, their repertoires reflect such a worldliness that other artists of the time didn’t really have, not to my knowledge. To make Brazilian bossa nova not only mainstream but almost sophisticated/cosmopolitan for its time really speaks volumes about their forward-thinking vision, especially during the mid-1960s. I think my grandfather had some Sergio Mendes tapes (reel to reel) but unfortunately they baked in the Hawaiian heat, so when I rediscovered them maybe 5 years ago they were curled up and brittle. 😭