Good friend James Kwok doesn't reveal himself too much because he is a quiet and private person but when I asked him to write a little tale for me for this blog, he relented and sent this piece below. Just shows how songs influence our lives in so many ways.
Thank you James for connecting Louis Armstrong's famous hit with memorable incidents in your life:
"Earlier this month some former students (many years my junior) from my primary school organized a get-together to celebrate Teachers Day. They invited former teachers and students who are still contactable for a time of memory recollection by friendly folks over food and fun.
Among the songs played was ‘What a Wonderful World,’ which sure brought back memories for me. I first heard it over Rediffusion back in 1967. The following year, at the Teachers Training College Dinner n Dance, all of us in the final year joined in singing it as our farewell song.
As the years passed, the song, with its meaningful and uplifting lyrics sung to an unforgettable tune, has been aging without growing old. Then just last weekend at the birthday party for one of my grandsons, his parents played it on the karaoke and got all the parents and grandparents to sing along.
As I looked at my grandchildren and all their many young friends, and at my children and their spouses, the words of the last stanza are right now still echoing in my mind:
I hear babies cry, 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.