Louis Armstrong

I was reading a book today about New Orleans and Jack and Annie (It was a Magic Tree House Book – A Good Night for Ghosts), and I discovered a really cool and famous singer.

His name was Louis Armstrong, but in the book, his nickname was “Dipper”, which was his real nickname when he was younger.  Louis was born in 1901, and died in 1971, so he lived until he was 70, and he lived all the way back to when my grandparents and great-grandparents were born.  (He died before my parents were born.)  He was the “King of Jazz”.  He played trumpet and sang in the musical parts of his life.  He did other things, too.  He lived before Martin Luther King, Jr., but he did things to help the black people in America, because parts of their lives were not good at that time.

Here’s the lyrics to one of the songs he sang.  I really like this one because it reminds me of all of God’s gifts, mostly reminds me of the whole world, which is very wonderful…

What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

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, 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, sayin’, “How do you do?”
They’re really sayin’, “I love you”
I hear babies cryin’, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Oh yeah

One other thing I really like about Louis Armstrong was his scatting.  “A do-da-do-da-a-scat-dat-a-scat-de-dat-de-dat.”  It is so cool and I really love it.

From your New Orleans Master,

Tanner.

2 Comments

  1. Uncle Ken loves Louis Armstrong!

  2. Diane Herring (YaYa) October 8, 2011 at 2:34 AM

    I really love the song that you posted. It always makes me smile when I hear it. Keep posting such awesome stuff. I am so lucky to have such an amazing grandson! Love you! YaYa

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