Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Time for another mid-week Motown break. In 1963 Stevie Wonder scored his first #1 song with “Fingertips”. He was 13 years old. But for the next two years he could not get a record into the top 20. When he turned 15 his voice changed and the songwriters he was working with modified their process to adapt to Wonder’s new tenor voice. He wanted something with a fast tempo to match the pace of The Rolling Stones song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” which was a huge hit at the time. The result is today’s song which went to #3 on the charts and began a streak of hit songs that would follow Wonder into the 1970’s.
“No football hero or smooth Don Juan
Got empty pockets, you see I’m a poor man’s son
Can’t give her the things that money can’t buy
But I’ll never, never make my baby cry“.
Stevie Wonder (L) and Marvin Gaye (R) in the Motown studios circa 1965. Gaye played drums for Wonder and several other Motown artists before his own successful recording career. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Stevie Wonder: “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” (1965, written by Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy and Stevie Wonder).
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