Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Being in a Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong recorded this rendition of "What a Wonderful World" towards the end of life. He was, in fact, ill at the time of this recording. We often see this great artist smiling with the brightest eyes. You can see that light here but the pain of life is also heard in his voice and tempo. I always heard this pathos even in his most upbeat songs and saw it in his wide toothy grin.

Armstrong was more than an entertainer. He was a dispenser of hope. In spite of his immense popularity, he endured tremendous hardship in the segregated south and as he travelled. Yet, he endured. Even though he headlined major clubs, he could not stay in certain hotels in the south and north. But the beauty here is that he still saw the world as wonderful. Our perspective matters.



It's a wonderful world! Make it so for yourself by how you see it.

10 comments:

Corrie Howe said...

I love his voice and this song>

Judith Ellis said...

Ah, yes, Corrie!

septembermom said...

This song will always be a favorite for generations! It's important to remember how blessed we are to have this world to enjoy. Thanks Judith!

Judith Ellis said...

Pleasure, Kelly.

The Write Girl said...

Judith your words are very true...thank you for the reminder of how wonderful the world is. Louis Armstrong was an amazing entertainer : )

Pamela said...

Jude, thank you! It is good to be reminded of what a wonderful world we do live in.

Judith Ellis said...

The Write Girl - It's always my pleasure. It's good to see you, talented young poet.

Judith Ellis said...

Ah, yes, Pam! Wonderful indeed! But, of course, how we view it matters too.

davidporterleadership said...

A humbling tribute. Thank you.

Judith Ellis said...

It's my pleasure, David.