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Ovation: What A Wonderful World.


There’s a lot of hate in our world.  A lot of destruction and despair.  But there’s also a vast amount of beauty that’s ours to behold.  Last Saturday I had the privilege of enjoying the local symphony orchestra perform Aaron Copeland’s Symphony No. 3 and it was fantastic.  As I listened, I thought about how lucky we all are to have beautiful things in our sometimes ugly world.  Music, art, literature and other things that we take for granted contribute to our wonderful world.  I was reminded of one of my favorite songs …

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

I see skies of blue, clouds of white
Bright blessed days, dark sacred nights
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

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

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

This was my late grandfather’s favorite song and, as I grow older, I understand more why it was so special to him.  And it’s become quite special to me, too, because I’ve begun to see the world differently … more like he did.  It’s far too easy to focus on the bad things happening all around us and forget to appreciate the good.  But it really is a wonderful world.

Coincidentally, the song was sung last Sunday at the 84th Academy Awards celebration during a tribute to academy members that passed away in 2011.    Listen below to Esperanza Spalding and the Southern California Children’s Chorus.

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  1. Beautiful performance and meaningful song!


  2. This is such a great reminder!


    • Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      My grandfather was quite the musician and he would write and arrange as a hobby. At one point he re-wrote by hand the music and lyrics to this song on a large sheet of staff paper. It’s now faded and has ragged edges but it’s been framed and is in my home. It’s a wonderful reminder of him and the message of the song at once. A true family keepsake if ever there was one.


  3. We can never skip that song whenever it comes up on our shuffle list! It really is a poignant reminder of the simple joys the world has to offer.


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