That’s all, folks. Welcome to the last Song of the Day. I knew pretty early what I wanted it to be, because every extended endeavor should endeavor to end on a high note. And What a Wonderful World fits, albeit indirectly, into the exit theme, worship and reverence.
It is of course, a wonderful world, from my point of view. After all, I’m its apex predator, the product of an evolutionary process that’s extended over most of our fair planet’s lifetime. In effect, I’m specifically the organism that is most well-suited to this particular world. Put another way, this world made us, and we should show reverence towards our Creator. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to Sol, to its third planet, and to the working of the Universe, the platform the evolutionary engine runs on.
Back to the song: Written in 1967 by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, both music-biz insiders, it was an international hit for Louis Armstrong, but never really caught on in the States until a decade later. It’s been recorded a few times since, but probably remains Louis’ song in most people’s minds. Which is fair enough, he sang it masterfully.
Links · Spotify playlist. This tune on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon. Now, as for live performances, here’s Louis back when the song was new. But I have a problem with that and I blame Miles Davis, who admired Louis but just couldn’t handle his locked-in grin. And now, having read Miles, I can’t ether. So, here’s Esperanza Spalding, of whom I know more or less nothing, but who injects more musical depth into the song than anyone else I know of. Wow!
But having sampled the offerings, I have to admit that, somewhat to my surprise, I find my heart most warmed by mouldy, shaggy old Rod Stewart, who milks the song for every microgram of sentiment while by the way delivering a flawless, perfectly-pitched vocal, obviously having a great time and finding the part of the world he’s occupying just then perfectly wonderful.
Over and out · Thanks to anyone who’s read a few of the blogs and listened to a song or two. Doing this has enriched my life. I regret all the great songs I missed, but not too much. Most people have an internal hit parade, and they should cherish it and share it.
And I think to myself… what a wonderful world.