Rock/Soul/Prog, Spring 2008

Stevie Wonder

April 16th, 2008 by · No Comments

Stevie hit the Miami Vice club with a powerful performance, opening with the powerful singing and hollering sound of his vocals in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours,” This particular song has been a huge hit since it was released in 1970 and spent 6 weeks at the top of the R&B charts, and there was no less energy behind it when Stevie performed the song that night. Stevie kept the energy of the show rolling by performing a few other hit numbers such as “I Wish,” and “Superstition.” Released on the album Talking Book in 1972, “Superstition” was the perfect song for Stevie to show off his amazing skills on keyboard, as he smiled and jiggled his head along with the music. Accompanied by bongos, guitar, and trumpet by the time this song began to be performed the club was at the peak of excitement. People were flowing in from the streets at a constant stream to see the great artist perform his magic.

Another major highlight of the night was the performance of “Sir Duke,” with the swinging trumpet solos causing heads throughout the club to nod in rhythm.  

While these well-known singles kept the crowd happy, Stevie also branched out and played a few of his lesser known songs from his album Songs in the Key of Life released in September of 1976. One of these songs, “Love’s in need of Love Today” some members of the audience may recognize from his performance at the post-September 11, 2001 America: A Tribute to Heroes concert. The slow moving rhythm of this song cooled the crowd down as Stevie ended the show on a relatively calm note.

Throughout the night, it became evident that no one could deny the musical genius of this man, who had begun to shine as a #1 hit artist when he was only 12 years old with his release of “Fingertips” in 1963. The legend of Stevie Wonder has successfully lived on to this day, which was evident through the positive responses from the crowd and the emotion stirred within the artist himself. The complexities of the performance, from the moving slow rhythms in “Love’s in Need of Love Today” to the quicker, more energized beats in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.”

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