What was my reaction, then, when my song was re-recorded by new artists with a different style?
“What a Wonderful World” by Chris Botti, featuring Mark Knopfler
Despite the fact that my favorite musician sang the song, I was a bit skeptical before hearing it the first time. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded.
This song has what I like to call “The Three Smooths”: Mark Knopfler’s rich, deep voice, his subtle, masterfully played guitar, and the crystal clear perfection that is Chris Botti’s trumpeting.
I can’t say that I like this version better or worse than what Louis Armstrong gave us so long ago. Armstrong’s version is what will always have a loving place in my heart and bring back happy memories of my childhood and the innocent world in which I lived.
This version is obviously different, yet it is quite apparent that great effort was taken by both artists to honor Louis Armstrong’s original. Chris Botti, himself a master of the trumpet, uses this song to honor the man for whom I suspect he holds a great deal of admiration.
Both versions now hold a special place in my musical library, and will hopefully evoke those fond memories for me to a ripe old age.
Many thanks to Youtube User QuinnlTraylor for uploading this fantastic version of a fantastic song.
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