Thursday, August 26

If it's magic, then why can't it be everlasting?

My favorite albums of the year have been "The Wonder of Stevie" Vols. 1 and 2 from DJs Bobbito and Spinna, who culled the hottest tracks from 5 years of Stevie Wonder parties in New York.

The songs are mostly covers of classic Stevie songs. When I first heard the concept, I wondered: who could improve on 'Golden Lady,' 'As' and 'Don't You Worry Bout a Thing'? But when you listen you realize that Stevie's music belongs in the popular music canon, just like standards such as 'Summertime' or 'Girl from Ipanema'.
Artists like Jose Feliciano, Main Ingredient and Sergio Mendes all bring a new perspective to Stevies songs and the results are dynamite.
There are also a lot of little-known Stevie compositions like The Supremes' 'Bad Weather' and a smattering of well-known hits written by Mr. Wonder. Who knew he had a co-writing credit on 'Tears of a Clown'?
If you're a Stevie fan -- and who isn't? -- these are must-buy albums. Enjoy.

The Wonder of Stevie Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

"So make sure when you say you're in it but not of it/
You're not helping to make this earth a place sometimes called Hell/
Change your words into truths and then change that truth into love/
And maybe our children's grandchildren/
And their great-great grandchildren will tell."

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