“Love, baby, love… that’s the secret!” – Louis Armstrong

12 02 2012

I was at a fund-raiser for Scouts last night. One of those things that just have to be done…

Not often I feel young these days, but I probably had a good 10 years to go before I was at the average age present. That of course meant the music was a little “mature” for my tastes (not much chance of “Arctic Monkeys” or even “Coldplay”), and I got itchy to leave as soon as the dancing (which you’ll recall is purely a spectator event for me) began. I was however returned to momentary calmness when Louis Armstrong came on the playlist. He had such a unique voice, and a kindly manner.

Wikipedia: Louis Armstrong

Wikipedia: Louis Armstrong

This song was first released in 1968, and written as a positive antidote to the American mood around the Vietnam War (allegedly.) Tony Bennett turned it down and it was offered to Satchmo. Good move!

This YouTube version has a spoken introduction by Armstrong, using his other nickname of “Pops”.

Have a warmer, snugglier day…

Writers: GEORGE DAVID WEISS, GEORGE DOUGLAS, BOB THIELE 

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

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12 02 2012
misfits' miscellany

I’m sure you know that his nickname, Satchmo, is a portmanteau of satchel and mouth. He also ascribed his good health to smoking marijuana on a daily basis and was the man who caused the trumpeter to become the leading figure in jazz bands, well most of them; before him they were just another instrument in the whole.

12 02 2012
Quieter Elephant

I was aware of the satchel, not the weed. Explains his happy demeanour!

14 02 2012
Colours | elssandraphotography

[…] “Love, baby, love… that’s the secret!” – Louis Armstrong (quieterelephant.wordpress.com) […]

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