Old School Fridays: Favorite Male Singer!
I have a theory that Stevie Wonder is black folks’ Jesus on Earth. Think about it: if you’re not religious in a churchy way then the closest thing to worship you get is really grooving on some Stevie Wonder music. You can say you’re not into Stevie Wonder, but no one says they don’t like his music, for it would be near-blasphemy. I think it’s because Stevie is there for all of our emotions, explaining our feelings through song in a way that we don’t even know how to request. When I was growing up the members of my family would all dance in the living room to “Happy Birthday” on each of our birthdays, and I still consider it the gold standard for birthday songs. When I was nine I sang “Part Time Lover” in a booth at Six Flags and was so embarrassed by it that I hid the tape from everyone. During a bout of unrequited love in college I’d sit in my room with the lights dimmed, burning incense and listening to “Overjoyed” on repeat. When I lived in France, and everything black American seemed a million miles away, “Another Star” would come on in the discotheque and I’d be home again. And the list goes on, and on, and on. I can always connect with my parents’ generation, and in doing so with a sense of belonging and blackness itself, through some Stevie.
I usually hate to post “fake videos” but 1980’s “All I Do” from Hotter Than July is an extra special Stevie jam. Why? Stevie originally wrote this song at the age of sixteen for Tammi Terrell, and Michael Jackson and Eddie Levert are singing the background vocals!
Bonus: Only the best guest star appearance in the history of televison, Stevie Wonder on The Cosby Show singing “I Just Called To Say I Love You” with Phylicia Rashad!
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