Saturday, June 23, 2007

最佳20世紀的歐西歌曲 / Songs of the Century (3)

The third choice of my Top Five goes to"What a Wonderful World" sung by the famous American jazz musician with an unmistakably deep and raspy voice, Louis Armstrong 路易斯•阿姆斯特朗.

You would think from the title that the song will make people feel happy, but au contraire, there is a sense of sadness when one listens, looks at all the simple but beautiful things in this world, and wonders why human beings continue to foul up our own nest. According to Wikipedia, the song was released in 1968 and became popular in the UK but not the US. It was not until 1987 when the song was used in Robin Williams' movie "Good Morning America" that it became a hit. Armstrong's passion was so effective in stirring up people's emotional response that immediately after 9-11, the song was reportedly being put on an unofficial no-play list in the United States media.

There are several versions of the song on the Internet. I chose two for posting:
* The first one is a live recording by Armstrong himself.
* The second is an audio-visual interpretation of the song by a YouTube user.

Both video clips are of reasonable good sound quality. Hopefully, they will provide a listener with the opportunity to reflect on the simple joy of life and make a pilgrim's progress.

2 comments:

xiao zhu said...

You left comments in my blog at 4:42a.m.!! What were you doing, man? Why stayed so late?!

Well, I love this song too. ^_

微豆 said...

Xiao Zhu: I know, I know, I shouldn't be staying up so late.

Glad you like the song :)

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