May 12, 2006

Timeless. The Legacy of Stevie Wonder. 5/13/1950

His best records outshine most musician's careers. He changed the shape of rhythm and blues and popular music forever. He advocated for the voiceless, before it was the thing to do. He could sing. He could play the drums. He could play the keys. He could wow a crowd. He continues to wow us. Put on a Stevie record and listen. Really listen.

Here are some of my favorite Stevie moments on record:
-The skit from Livin' for the City, followed by the angriest Stevie ever.
-The abrupt funky turn during the last minute of I Believe (When I Fall in Love it Will Be Forever).
-"Baby, you understand that? Well, I don't understand how you can't. Because, I've been to like, you know, Paris, Peru, you know, Iraq, Iran, Eurasia. You know, I speak very fluent Spanish. Todo esta bien. Chevere."
-I learned that the first clock made in America was made by a Black man.
-"I don't even have to do nothin to you. You'll cause your own country to fall."

It's impossible to measure the impact Stevie Wonder has had on American music and popular culture. His impact may best be realized by this Langston Hughes quote:
"There are people (you have probably noted it also) who have the unconscious faculty of making the world spin around themselves, throb and expand, contract and go dizzy.....

In the chemistry lab at school, did you ever hold a test tube, pouring in liquids and powders and seeing nothing happen until a certain liquid or a certain powder is poured in, and then everything begins to smoke and fume, bubble and boil, hiss to foam, and sometimes even explode? The tube is suddenly full of action and movement and life. Well, there are people like those certain powders; at a given moment they come into a room, or into a town, even into a country---and the place is never the same again. Things bubble, boil, change. Sometimes the world is changed."

Songs in the Key of Life
Disc 1:
Disc 2:
Music of My Mind
Talking Book
Fulfillingness' First Finale


Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice work. thanks for the albums.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahh...all the stevie i need!!! good looks Vik.

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh! and i got that new A-Trak

8:41 AM  
Blogger J Epstein said...


Stevie Wonder is the greatest performer I've ever seen in concert. Makes Mick Jagger look like a poseur pussy.

Run this across the street real quick . . . .


6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need talking book, it's inactive so I can't get it. Thanks!

5:14 PM  

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