Like last month, this is another song I’m not sure why it took me so long to feature: Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”
Short, sweet and to-the-point is a way to describe this well-known 1967 release from the jazz trumpeter. It’s less than two-and-a-half minutes in length, but its pace is so soothing and lulling that it can provide a quick getaway when your mind needs a break.
Interestingly, the head of Louis’ record label wasn’t thrilled with the pace of the track. Reportedly, he wanted a quicker, more poppy tempo for the song. The record label president actually tried to stop the recording session, but was locked out of room.
Good thing, in my opinion. I can’t imagine this song having the same amount of impact as an uptempo song. While it started off slowly commercial, the recording eventually became so popular that it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.