Louis Armstrong aka Satchmo
August 4 1901- July 6 1971
‘All music is folk music, I ain’t ever seen a horse sing a song’
Most people who have a interest in music, have heard about Louis Armstrong, and most likely will be familiar with at least one of his more famous songs, even if they’re not aware of the fact that he sung it. ‘What a wonderful world’ in particularly has been covered numerous times, and has been enjoying a resurgence of popularity in recent years.
I have always had a soft spot for him, and love the fact that he maintained such a distinctive sound, regardless of any pressure that others in the music industry tried to put him under. I defy anyone who listens to Louis Armstrong sing, to be unable to identify it as him, and there is something so soothing about his voice.
Listening to his voice, I relax, and he has helped me write numerous things over the years. The purity of the lyrics in ‘What a wonderful world’, detailing a lovely view of life, and ‘We have all the time in the world’, have been constants on my playlist when I sit down to write.
I don’t know quite how much he’s influenced what I’ve produced, but I do know that without his distinctive voice, and the warmth behind every word that he sang, my life and the world in general would have been much the poorer.
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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