Stevie Wonder...The Legend

Since I was a little girl, I have been a fan of Stevie Wonder and his music. I grew up on Stevie Wonder and have always wanted to experience the live version of his musical genius. When I learned that Stevie Wonder would be touring and performing his album, Songs in the Key of Life in it’s entirety, I was sold! On March 17, 2015 my inner child came alive as I could not contain my excitement as Stevie Wonder took the stage at the Pepsi Center. As Stevie took the stage with his daughter,who is also a back-up singer, he took the time to talk with the crowd, shedding light on when he started writing Songs in the Key of Life along with showcasing his comic side with a reference that he “did not smoke any of Colorado’s good grass but maybe if [he] did smoke, it would help [him] see more clearly.” Although I enjoy when an artist takes the time to speak to their fans, the anticipation for Stevie to start belting out his tunes was palpable.

Stevie took the stage with a 30 piece band and opened with "Love’s in need of Love Today.” I was immediately captivated by Stevie’s clear, concise, strong and uplifting vocals. One of the great things I have enjoyed about Stevie’s music through the years is that it is socially conscious, uplifting and teaches us to love everyone. This particular album, Songs in the Key of Life, was released in 1976 on topics that are still relevant today: politics, social theory, poverty, love and hope. I find that I revel in music that is timeless and continues to have meaning that spans decades. In my opinion, this type of musical artistry does not happen often but, when it does, it provides a spiritual and magical haven for music lovers. Stevie Wonder is the type of masterful talent that does not fade...there is only one Stevie Wonder.

As if Stevie serenading us all night was not enough of a treat, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea joined Stevie on stage toward the end of the show to play a rendition of “As.” Not only did Hancock and Corea guest on "As," but they stuck around for a jam on Hancock's "Watermelon Man.” It was wonderful to see both of them perform live with Stevie. Getting to see these three legends perform on one stage was music at its best and downright heavenly. Once Chick and Herbie left the stage, Stevie completed the full album of Songs In The Key Of Life with "Another Star." Stevie then treated his fans to a dose of hits as an encore: "Living For The City," "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "Superstition."

At about midnight, the concert ended and my heart was full of joy, happiness and divine intervention. Going into this experience, I was dealing with personal issues. I left this concert spiritually lifted, renewed, refreshed and awash in peace, this is the power of music: your life, thought process and feelings can be changed just by listening.

In honor of Stevie Wonder, and to start a conversation, I would like to share some of my favorite songs off the album. What are some of yours?

As
Isn’t She Lovely
If it’s Magic
I Wish
Sir Duke
Have A Talk With God
Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing

Written by CoCo Supreme23 on April 1, 2015

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Anonymous on April 2, 2015

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I saw Stevie Wonder in the mid 80's after he had the hit single "Part Time Lover". and his musical genius was clearly on display, as I have to put him up there with Prince as being one of the two best concerts that I have had the privilege of attending.

My favorite Stevie Wonder songs are Higher Ground, Isn't She Lovely, Past time Paradise, Living For The City, I Love Every Little Thing About You, I wish, My Cherie Amour, Don't You Worry Bout A Thing, For Once In My Life, Superstition, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and Boogie On Reggae Woman.

He is truly a blessed, and gifted man, and it's great to see him performing when he could be retired somewhere.

John

Anonymous on April 2, 2015

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I saw Stevie Wonder in the mid 80's after he had the hit single "Part Time Lover". and his musical genius was clearly on display, as I have to put him up there with Prince as being one of the two best concerts that I have had the privilege of attending.

My favorite Stevie Wonder songs are Higher Ground, Isn't She Lovely, Past time Paradise, Living For The City, I Love Every Little Thing About You, I wish, My Cherie Amour, Don't You Worry Bout A Thing, For Once In My Life, Superstition, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours, and Boogie On Reggae Woman.

He is truly a blessed, and gifted man, and it's great to see him performing when he could be retired somewhere.

John

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I love those songs as well. In my opinion it is hard to pick favorite songs because they are all good and thought provoking. Thank you for sharing your favorites!

Forest Help Th… on April 2, 2015

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Hi Stevie:

I'm your real neighbor and look like somebody was
the other side of the house watching us. But I want
to add to this nice blog about you that you were
portrayed yesterday at the DPAC in Motown at the
end I wonder if it was you your horn section was
done to the T. He y thank you for being my neighbor
in Wanigas and opening my eyes to your life and legend.
Because you legend is love and a sense of universal peace. I have seen you in Wanigas, Motown, The Apollo,
Denver venues and you are always the best.
You took Motown to the otherside of midnight to
watch them for us.. Thank you my friend. My poetry
book, Mon Cherie Amour is at the Tattered Cover and
your dedicated poem is Mon Voisine. Keep on shining
and I have even a more special place for your
persona in this world the Arc d'Triumhe in Paris.
You remind me of my Great Grandfather Chanzy.
The man for his people and battles.

Forest Help The Country.

For

robb on April 3, 2015

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im in my 60's, semi-retired and Vietnam-era vet.
ive been serious Wonder fan since '69 or '70. have all of his 1970's albums. one of the best singer, songwriters, composers.....ever.
consider buying all of his 70's LP's. u wont be disappointed.

james on April 7, 2015

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Talking Book 1972
Innervisions 1973
Fulfillingness' First Finale 1974
Songs in the Key of Life 1976

What an amazing run over a 5 year period! I was lucky enough to see and meet him in the late 80s -- one of the best musical memories I have!

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