louis armstrong's version of "what a wonderful world" was brought to my attention recently but can you think of any other songs of joy and gladness which are devoid of specific religious references? nat king cole's "nature boy" has a nice metaphysical flavor to it but is still secular. can you think of any songs which herald man's scientific or engineering achievements? ... breakthroughs in medicine perhaps? ... woody guthrie was commissioned to write a song about the great coolie dam but has anyone ever written a song about jonas salk, for example - the man who discovered a cure for polio?
how about songs written about the majesty, wonder, etc., etc. of nature?
armstrong's version seems to enjoying a break from youtube ... but herrre's joey!