What a Wonderful World

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I see trees of green….red roses too, I see them bloom for me and you

Nature is so amazing. The miracle of the seasons is confirmation that life renews itself over and over in a burst of colour every spring. The earth bestows us with everything that we could ever need and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue….cloud of white, bright blessed days….dark sacred nights

Every morning I wake, grateful for another day on this earth and every evening I am thankful to be safe and warm in my home surrounded by my loved ones and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

The colours of the rainbow….so pretty in the sky…. are also on the faces….of people going by

Have you ever sat somewhere in a public place and watched the cornucopia of people from every walk of life pass by. The stories they could tell, the wisdom they could teach and I say to myself, what a wonderful world.

I see friends shaking hands… saying how do you do… they’re really saying…. I love you

To reach out and connect with another human being, to take that chance is to be exposed to potential rejection, but it can also be an opportunity to relate with another soul in a most profound way and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

I hear babies cry….I watch them grow….they’ll learn much more…. then I’ll ever know

But what gives me the most hope is that with every new generation, we get another chance to learn from our mistakes and get it right and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

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What a Wonderful World is my favourite song of all time. Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss and recorded by the great jazz artist Louis Armstrong in 1967. It is a gentle song of optimism for the future but more importantly it makes you realise that this world we live in is one big miracle of life for all to enjoy.

Through out his career, Louis Armstrong was often criticized by his fellow African-Americans because he rarely used his popular acceptance in the white community to politicize the inequality between the races. Yet the legacy of this timeless song has lasted longer than any comment he may have made during his fame.

Every time I hear this song, I tend to well up with tears of emotion. My heart bursts with hope for the future, gratitude for the simple pleasures of life and maybe just a little sadness for the ignorance mankind can have for the treasures we tend to overlook that the earth provides all around us, but mostly, I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

The Daily Post- Moved by Music weekly challenge. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/weekly-writing-challenge-music/

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19 responses to “What a Wonderful World

  1. I have written before in my blog of how this song moves me. I shall find the link and share with you.

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    • That is a great story. I guess I’m a Pollyanna because even though there is such disparity in this world I still have to believe in the capacity of the human heart and faith that the majority of people when tasked will do the right thing. Still sometimes I shed a tear as well. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  2. Yes this is a song that also moves me to tears and your explanation is equally as moving. Thank you

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  3. Siobhan Hiles

    Great article again Diana.. I too love this song,as do millions I’m sure! It is one of those songs that grounds you whenever you hear it. It brings all the hectic realities of life back into prospective. Love it. Thanks for reminding us.

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  4. I also entered the Moved by Music challenge – and now I’m popping around to see how other bloggers interpreted the task. Great choice in song — so beautiful, and your words added to the songs power.

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  7. I do love this song myself !!!

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