Happy 59th Birthday Stevie!!
Five Reasons I Love Stevie Wonder
1. His music and influence has changed the world socially and politically through such songs as “Happy Birthday,” in support of Martin Luther King Day. That song also pretty much replaced the original version in my house growing up, by the way.
2. He’s an amazing performer and always bring something special to the stage. This clip from the 1985 Motown special is my favorite of his since I know it by heart from childhood and have never been lucky enough to see him live.
3. He looks a lot like my dad and always has, except for the blindness part. Since my father is one of my personal heroes I’ve always known that Stevie was on to something.
4. Some of his music got me through really emotional times. “Overjoyed,” got me through heartache, “All I Do,” makes me happy when I’m lonely and traveling, and “Blame It On The Sun,” which may be my favorite, makes me tear up every time I hear it and I can’t put my finger on why. Ever since I first discovered Stevie’s music I keep one or two of his albums around, unopened, so that I can experience new music by him just in case I need that special something new.
5. During the “We Are One” concert celebrating Obama’s inauguration, I had to notice that Barack and Michelle made sure that Malia and Sasha stood up for Stevie’s performance in a way that the likes of Shakira just didn’t merit. Stevie’s 1986 guest appearance on The Cosby Show remains the best black sitcom special celebrity guest star turn of all time because in the episode Huxtables of all ages, from Claire to Theo to Rudy, were equally hype about meeting and singing with this legend. His music brings black families together like church. Watch the music and hypeness unfold in this clip: