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April 12, 2009
This was originally submitted on 4-8-09 but did not go through.

To the Family of John King,

My name is Kathleen Elzey, I live in Elk Grove, California and have only known about John King’s music for 4 months. My cousin, Jean Caldicott, gave me John King’s "Royal Hawaiian Music" CD for Christmas. From the moment I first listened to it, I fell in love with his ukulele playing and the beauty of these precious songs...they sounded like an exquisite, heavenly music box. He played them with such reverence and soul...I was just knocked out. I wore out the CD the first 2 months I had it, it is one of a few favorites that I play regularly...I always hear something new with every listening.

I had seen some the original sheet music of these songs at a little museum in the Princess Kaiulani Hotel in Waikiki. I am fascinated by this era in Hawai’i, because my grandmother was born and lived there during this time. I even videotaped each piece of music in close up, hoping someday someone who can read music could play it for me. So, I was amazed to see, with a closer look at the liner notes, that he was playing these songs I had longed to hear!

My cousin even sent me a photo of John playing ukulele because I am now such a big fan...it’s been in our family album ever since. But this morning I received an e-mail from her telling me the tragic news about John’s death and his obituary. I have been stunned by this news today. I am so sorry you’ve lost your wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend. I didn’t know him, but hoped one day to see him play...his music has moved me so very much. I’ve been playing his CD all morning on this very sad gray rainy day...thinking of him and all of you.

Sincerely
To the Family of John King,

My name is Kathleen Elzey, I live in Elk Grove, California and have only known about John King’s music for 4 months. My cousin, Jean Caldicott, gave me John King’s "Royal Hawaiian Music" CD for Christmas. From the moment I first listened to it, I fell in love with his ukulele playing and the beauty of these precious songs...they sounded like an exquisite, heavenly music box. He played them with such reverence and soul...I was just knocked out. I wore out the CD the first 2 months I had it, it is one of a few favorites that I play regularly...I always hear something new with every listening.

I had seen some the original sheet music of these songs at a little museum in the Princess Kaiulani Hotel in Waikiki. I am fascinated by this era in Hawai’i, because my grandmother was born and lived there during this time. I even videotaped each piece of music in close up, hoping someday someone who can read music could play it for me. So, I was amazed to see, with a closer look at the liner notes, that he was playing these songs I had longed to hear!

My cousin even sent me a photo of John playing ukulele because I am now such a big fan...it’s been in our family album ever since. But this morning I received an e-mail from her telling me the tragic news about John’s death and his obituary. I have been stunned by this news today. I am so sorry you’ve lost your wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend. I didn’t know him, but hoped one day to see him play...his music has moved me so very much. I’ve been playing his CD all morning on this very sad gray rainy day...thinking of him and all of you.

Sincerely
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