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Thread started 04/16/17 6:16pm

206Michelle

Stevie Wonder Appreciation Thread

Where do I start? I absolutely adore the man! He's my favourite musician of all time. As a musician, I worship him worship! He's a living legend.

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I grew up from the time I was a little girl (like age 4) listening to his album Talking Book.

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I've seen him in concert one time (October 2015) and he and his band put on a fabulous show!

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His voice is incredible. No one plays the harmonica better than he does. He's an incredible pianist. He's a great drummer. He's an incredible songwriter. He writes and sings on a variety of topics from love, superstition, God, racism, fatherhood, political struggle, and people's contradictions (e.g. skeletons in your closet). Need I say more about the man?

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He's won 25 Grammy awards. And he's had all of these accomplishements while being blind. He turns 67 on May 13th of this year.

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If you love and appreciate Stevie Wonder, share it here!

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Reply #1 posted 04/16/17 6:20pm

SoulAlive

music worship music After all these years,this album continues to blow my mind everytime I listen to it

Image result for songs in the key of life

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Reply #2 posted 04/16/17 7:00pm

214

I love his golden period material and Hotter Than July, after that some great songs here and there. Wonderful voice, beautiful man. Talkin Book might be my favorite album from him.

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Reply #3 posted 04/17/17 2:34am

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Been listening to this alot lately - it should go without saying how incredible he is worship

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Reply #4 posted 04/17/17 9:57am

Dasein

His classic four album span is only matched by the Beatles and Prince in pop music. And outside
of Paul McCartney, he may be pop's most gifted melodicist.

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Reply #5 posted 04/17/17 10:57am

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Reply #6 posted 04/17/17 11:25am

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this again .... no one likes to search on here

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Reply #7 posted 04/17/17 1:08pm

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Dasein said:

His classic four album span is only matched by the Beatles and Prince in pop music. And outside
of Paul McCartney, he may be pop's most gifted melodicist.

Five albums classic span.

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Reply #8 posted 04/17/17 1:48pm

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214 said:

Dasein said:

His classic four album span is only matched by the Beatles and Prince in pop music. And outside
of Paul McCartney, he may be pop's most gifted melodicist.

Five albums classic span.


Four.

Neither Music of My Mind nor Hotter Than July are flawless enough for my own consideration as
being classic. But suit yerself.

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Reply #9 posted 04/17/17 4:37pm

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Love him loads. Needs to release more work though. Seems like he's settled on his past and become lazy. Either that or he's got nothing creative going on upstairs anymore. I hope that's not the case but 'A Time 2 love' was soooo long ago now. confused

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Reply #10 posted 04/17/17 5:24pm

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SoulAlive said:

music worship music After all these years,this album continues to blow my mind everytime I listen to it

Image result for songs in the key of life

A dream of mine was realized when I got to see Stevie peform this album in its entirety on tour. cloud9 music

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I'm not a man,
I am something that you’ll never understand...
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Reply #11 posted 04/17/17 7:19pm

206Michelle

Marrk said:

Love him loads. Needs to release more work though. Seems like he's settled on his past and become lazy. Either that or he's got nothing creative going on upstairs anymore. I hope that's not the case but 'A Time 2 love' was soooo long ago now. confused



I hear what you are saying about his output. That said, I think he has 3 or 4 kids under age 18. I wonder if fatherhood may be higher on his priority list than new material.
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Also, his classic period material is so damn good that I doubt anything he makes presently would top his classic period stuff. What I would love for him to do is a Talking Book/Innervisions tour.
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Reply #12 posted 04/17/17 7:56pm

206Michelle

So, yesterday, my husband and I were listening to the radio on the way to church, and Stevie's song "You Will Know" (from Characters) plays on the radio. I don't recall ever hearing that song before then, but let me just say, I fell in love. What a fantastic song!

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I've been playing "You Will Know" and "Dark'N'Lovely" on repeat the past 36 hours or so. Overall, Characters is very ho-hum, but I love those 2 songs. "Skeletons" and "Get It" are pretty decent...I love the lyrics to "Skeletons."

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Reply #13 posted 04/18/17 1:41pm

214

Dasein said:

214 said:

Five albums classic span.


Four.

Neither Music of My Mind nor Hotter Than July are flawless enough for my own consideration as
being classic. But suit yerself.

None album as far as i am aware of is flawless.

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Reply #14 posted 04/18/17 2:00pm

214

What a crime, i slept on Do I Do and Feerdin Off The Love Of The Land. Wonderful songs, and i've just discovered I Can See The Sun. Beautiful man this is.

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Reply #15 posted 04/20/17 6:46pm

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Sylvia Moy (September 15, 1938 - April 15, 2017)

Sylvia Moy, a Motown songwriter and producer who collaborated with Stevie Wonder on “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and “My Cherie Amour,” and who was a co-writer of hits for the Marvin Gaye-Kim Weston duet and the Isley Brothers, died on Saturday in Dearborn, Mich. She was 78.

Her sister Anita Moy said that the cause was complications of pneumonia.

Sylvia Moy’s arrival at Motown in 1964 coincided with the company’s concerns about the future of Mr. Wonder’s career. A year earlier, “Fingertips Pt. 2,” a mostly instrumental number that showcased the 13-year-old prodigy’s virtuosity on the harmonica, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and R&B charts.

But his subsequent recordings were not as successful, and Motown executives were uncertain what to do with him as he grew into adulthood.

“There was an announcement in a meeting that Stevie’s voice had changed, and they didn’t know exactly how to handle that,” Ms. Moy said in an interview after her induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. “They asked for volunteers. None of the guys would volunteer. They were going to have to let him go.”

Whether Berry Gordy Jr., Motown’s founder and patriarch, would have released an artist as talented as Mr. Wonder is debatable. But Mr. Gordy did not have to make the decision. After the meeting, Ms. Moy beseeched Mickey Stevenson, the head of artists and repertoire at Motown, to give her a chance to work with Mr. Wonder.

“Let this be my assignment,” she said she told Mr. Stevenson. “I don’t believe it’s over for him. Let me have Stevie.”

She said that she asked Mr. Wonder to play some of the “ditties” he had been working on, but she heard nothing that sounded like a hit. Then, as she was leaving, he played one final snippet of music for her and sang, “Baby, everything is all right.” There wasn’t much more, she recalled, and she told him that she would take it home and work on the melody and lyrics.

With the songwriting help of Henry Cosby, a Motown producer, “Uptight” was completed.

In the recording studio, though, there was no transcription of the lyrics into Braille for Mr. Wonder to read from. So Ms. Moy sang the words to him through his earphones.

“I would stay a line ahead of him and we didn’t miss a beat,” she said in a video interview in 2014 with Michelle Wilson, an independent producer based in Virginia Beach.

“It’s certainly true that Sylvia found his sweet spot with the material,” Adam White, who wrote the book “Motown: The Sound of Young America” (2016) with the longtime Motown executive Barney Ales, said in a telephone interview. “She brought a fresh approach, a musical discipline and a rapport that produced songs of a high caliber.”

“Uptight” topped the R&B chart and rose to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It also led to further work for Ms. Moy with Mr. Wonder and Mr. Cosby on songs like “My Cherie Amour” (1969), “Nothing’s Too Good for My Baby” (1966) and “I Was Made to Love Her” (1967), which included Mr. Wonder’s mother, Lula Mae Hardaway, as a co-writer. Ms. Moy said that Mr. Wonder’s title for “My Cherie Amour” had been “Oh, My Marcia,” but she gave it a French twist.

She also collaborated with Mr. Stevenson on “It Takes Two,” recorded by Mr. Gaye and Ms. Weston, which reached No. 14 on the Hot 100 in 1967. She wrote “This Old Heart of Mine,” a No. 12 hit for the Isley Brothers in 1966, with Lamont Dozier and Brian and Eddie Holland, one of Motown’s most prolific songwriting teams.

Sylvia Rose Moy was born on Sept. 15, 1938, in Detroit, where, she told The Detroit Free Press, she “played the piano on the radiator and made musical instruments out of food boxes.” She told Mr. White that her father, Melvin, an appliance repairman, and her mother, the former Hazel Redgell, a homemaker, were the inspirations for “I Was Made to Love Her.”

After high school, Ms. Moy traveled to New York City to promote her songs but found no takers. One rejection from a record company executive stuck to her for decades. “You’re not a bad singer, but I want to give you some advice you can use for the rest of your life,” she recalled him telling her, “You will never be a songwriter.”

(Years later, she said, the same executive asked Mr. Gordy if he could buy out her songwriting contract at Motown.)

When Ms. Moy returned home to Detroit, she sang at the Caucus Club, where Mr. Gaye and Mr. Stevenson invited her to Motown. The label signed her to recording, management and songwriter contracts.

The songs that had been spurned in New York were welcomed at Motown. But she was told that singing would have to wait; songwriting took precedence. She also produced records at Motown, making her its second notable woman producer after Mr. Gordy’s second wife, Raynoma Gordy Singleton, who died last year.

Ms. Moy left Motown in 1973 when the company moved to Los Angeles and signed with 20th Century Records as a singer, songwriter and producer. She also worked as a mentor to young people interested in the arts.

In addition to her sister Anita, she is survived by four other sisters, Angel Moy-Adams, Celeste Moy-Street, Francetta Moy-Johnson and Merrill Moy-Thompson, and two brothers, Melvin and Christopher. She never married and had no children, Anita Moy said.

At Ms. Moy’s induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mr. Wonder sang “My Cherie Amour.” In an interview afterward, he praised her for finding “unique ways to take the melodies I wrote and putting them into a lyric that was incredible, that touched many hearts.”

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Reply #16 posted 04/20/17 8:23pm

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I love Stevie too.....the album I have on repeat at the moment has been the soundtrack to The Woman In Red (1984) Love Light in Flight is my fav song biggrin

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Reply #17 posted 04/21/17 9:19am

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Goddess4Real said:

I love Stevie too.....the album I have on repeat at the moment has been the soundtrack to The Woman In Red (1984) Love Light in Flight is my fav song biggrin










Yeah, I've been digging that album too. I've had 'Don't Drive Drunk' playing in my head for at least two weeks now.

Woman in Red is often cited in 'all time worst album' lists. Probably because of the presence of THAT song - you know the one I mean. But I don't even mind that particular song here - the extra vocodered verse and chorus are cool.
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Reply #18 posted 04/21/17 2:13pm

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'Cause We've Ended Up As Lovers is a beautiful masterpiece, lately i'm addicted to it.

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Reply #19 posted 04/21/17 3:10pm

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Words cannot describe how much Stevie Wonder means to me! Been listening practically since I was born and grew up with him. Just adore him so much. He is always the "go to" artist when I am feeling down and something is so comforting and soothing about him. Musical genius for sure. biggrin

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Reply #20 posted 04/21/17 3:12pm

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206Michelle said:

So, yesterday, my husband and I were listening to the radio on the way to church, and Stevie's song "You Will Know" (from Characters) plays on the radio. I don't recall ever hearing that song before then, but let me just say, I fell in love. What a fantastic song!

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I've been playing "You Will Know" and "Dark'N'Lovely" on repeat the past 36 hours or so. Overall, Characters is very ho-hum, but I love those 2 songs. "Skeletons" and "Get It" are pretty decent...I love the lyrics to "Skeletons."

Love that album! You should aslo give "With Each Beat of My Heart" and "One of a Kind" a listen. They are my absolute faves from that album along with "You Will Know". cool

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