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WATCH: David Attenborough performs spoken-word ‘What a Wonderful World’

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Eat your heart out, Shatner!

BBC One produced this lovely rendition of “What a Wonderful World,” performed as spoken word by noted broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, known for the network’s Planet Earth, Planet Earth II and Blue Planet nature documentaries, among many others. Combined with astounding high-resolution shots of nature and wildlife, Attenborough’s warm, experienced voice adds new wonder to the classic hit.

A spoken-word edition of a well-known piece of music brings a fresh perspective to it. Stripping the melody in favor of inflection, or connecting two thoughts normally separated by instrumentation, can allow for a fuller interpretation of the original work.