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penned for a teenage girlfriend
a battalion of covers of the legends greatest hits
Stevie Wonder took two knees
expectations could’ve only been lower if Alicia Keys was singing on it
a New York institution in a New York institution singing to New York constituents
Overall, he seemed much more at ease than at the MSG set. MSG was only the third time Steve had even performed Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety, and he was being very careful. Last night he was looser and though the sound was tight, the band was looser as well. The vibe was more controlled and less tense.
If you think I would miss another shot at it after my good friend John Duffin invited me to join him to watch Stevie Wonder perform Songs In The Key Of Life at the Prudential Center on Wednesday, you are greatly mistaken.
Superstition – Stevie Wonder – Stevie on things you don’t understand but all these years later, what the hell? “… ain’t the way”? Is that what you wanna tell me. Still, it sounds awful good – A
I have never seen him perform any better or any worse than he did Thursday night, he is just about perfection and think of this for a minute: Stevie forgot the words to “Village Ghetto Land” and the importance of that is, since Stevie is blind he has no prompter, no sheet music, nothing
The legacy of Songs in the Key of Life is well-established. How exceptional that its live performance could highlight how relevant the songs still are, and the world-class caliber of Stevie Wonder on the opening night of his historical tour. I feel privileged to have been there.
His ode to Duke ellington is not jazz, it is pop, and it might have a groove but it isn’t taken from Ellington but this ebullient, bouncy, and very tuneful dance number needs none of that to echo a Black Excellence that deserves the term. “You can feel it all over” is as hooky as an advertising jingle and memorable as your own middle name.
They didn’t play music to the animals but sounds of different frequencies and intensities and the results showed that neurons of the mice kept in the dark could ‘hear much softer sounds’ than the other animals. ‘They also have much finer discrimination ability as far as identifying pitch goes,’
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonders – Stevies scream that opens this song is so good he coulda sung anything after and it would have worked but what he sang was one of the great Motown tracks -a real slippy funk belter in the chorus, and a soulful chorus.
Used To You – Lyn Bowtell – An inspired rip of “Brilliant Disguise” and it won’t be dropping till early 2014, but get ready because this is one brilliant country-folk ballad by a woman who should try her hand at rock and roll – A
Elton John releases his best album in a long long long time, and Drake and Kings Of Leon keep on doing what they always do, with no small amount of success. Bassist Kevin Jenkins drops a real good soul album and Icona Pop owed us more than five new songs. But we will take it.
On a glorious Saturday afternoon drifting into Saturday evening, 60,000 New Yorkers became “Global Citizens”. Well helping the poor is one thing and music is something else entirely and I for one, actually, will be happy to dismiss the entire enterprise for you.
Her best track in a couple of years, is all archy robotic tweaks and bleeps and for a woman with no personality, she brings a ton of personality to it – A-