Which artist sang the song Higher
In his song "Higher Ground" Stevie Wonder goes on a search. But what is this higher ground? A higher level? Apparently Stevie Wonder is looking for a higher form of existence, and apparently this song has a religious undertone: "I'm damn glad that I can try it again," sings Stevie Wonder, "because it was my last time on this earth I've only lived in sin. I'm so glad I know more now than I knew then. And I'll keep working on myself until I reach the highest ground. "
The highest level, the highest level - that's what the young Stevie Wonder strives for, and with that he encourages his listeners to do the same. The song is both encouragement and empowerment. Quasi a continuation of the "Keep on pushing" by Curtis Mayfield, so the request: Don't let yourself get down, fight for a better life, defy the adversities and difficulties of life.
Stevie Wonder leads as an example. He is 23 years old when he recorded "Higher Ground". He does it on his own, plays all the instruments himself, most of which he taught himself. "Higher Ground" is one of many - literally - highlights on the 1973 album "Innervisions", many say it was the height of his creativity.
The song "Happy Birthday" is certainly not one of Stevie Wonder's musical feats. But it is perhaps the song with the greatest political explosiveness. With "Happy Birthday" in 1981 Stevie Wonder supported an initiative of civil rights activists in the USA. They have set themselves the goal of declaring Martin Luther King's birthday a public holiday. A day on which peace is celebrated worldwide, so it says in the text. In fact, since 1986, Martin Luther King Day has been celebrated on the third Monday in January, thanks to Stevie Wonder.
Stevie Wonder at a young age
Even "I just called to say I love you" is not one of Stevie Wonder's musical feats. But, the sentimental song is one of Stevie Wonder's biggest sales hits. For his critics, on the other hand, it is an indication of his artistic decline in the eighties. A descent from the very top, after all, Stevie Wonder was one of the great innovators of Afro-American music in the 1970s. And one of the pioneers of the so-called author soul. He writes his music himself, produces it himself and plays almost all instruments. In his hit "Superstition" he is only accompanied by a trumpeter and a saxophonist. "Superstition" comes from the 1972 album "Talking Book".
Steveland Hardaway Judkins Morris was born prematurely on May 13, 1950. He is artificially ventilated and loses his sight - presumably due to an overdose of oxygen. Blind Stevie throws himself into the music. He sings in the church choir, at the age of nine he plays the piano, harmonica and drums. The all-rounder is also noticed by the scouts of the Motown record company in Detroit. They take the eleven-year-old prodigy under contract. Steveland Hardaway Judkins Morris becomes Little Stevie Wonder. At the age of just twelve and his very first single, Klein-Stevie had his first number one hit with "Fingertips".
From child prodigy to solo artist
Directed by Motown patriarch Berry Gordy, the blind boy from Michigan becomes a child star. In the sixties Gordy produced hits with Stevie Wonder like on an assembly line. In fact, the former assembly line worker Gordy orients himself in his hit production on the methods of the large engine factories in Detroit. Like the cars at Ford or General Motors, the hits at Motown are assembled from prefabricated parts. But at some point Stevie Wonder gets fed up with the three-minute assembly-line pop songs. In 1971 he separates from Motown. He starts his own record company and builds his own recording studio. At twenty, Little Stevie Wonder became a great composer and musical pioneer.
Practically single-handedly, he produces the album "Music Of My Mind". The title says it all, the former child star creates music according to his own ideas. He enforces these ideas in tough negotiations with the mighty Berry Gordy. The Motown boss grants Wonder all artistic freedom and the rights to his own songs - a revolution for this authoritarian to autocratic record company. And Stevie Wonder savored the artistic freedom. "Music Of My Mind" is a milestone in pop music to this day.
For Alexis Taylor of the English band Hot Chip, "Music Of My Mind" is the record of his life, which he entrusted to Mojo magazine in the section "Last Night A Record Changed My Life". "The groove of 'Keep on Running', this euphoria, is breathtaking every time you listen," says Taylor. He is one of many descendants who are inspired into the 21st century by the music of Stevie Wonder from the 70s.
In January 2000 a certain Wevie Stonder entered the stage in Manchester - what connects Wevie Stonder with Stevie Wonder remains the secret of Wevie Stonder. And soon Wevie Stonder disappeared again. Stevie Wonder stayed, he left his mark, even in remote places. In Berlin, for example, with the electronics manufacturer Jan Jelinek.
"Trust The Words Of Stevie", trust the words of Stevie, that's the name of a track by Jan Jelinek "Avec La Nouvelle Pauvreté". The connection to Stevie Wonder is not immediately apparent. On request, Jan Jelinek will reply by email as follows:
"The whole album 'La nouvelle pauverte' was supposed to be a kind of travesty show. Quoting beyond the sample - but in costumes. 'Trust the word of Stevie' - my plan was to turn Wonder's songs 'Do I love her' into something sultry To do the Serge Gainsbourg number. Unfortunately, beyond the first line - 'Do I her love her with a heart that's true' - I didn’t sing any more text - I’m just not a singer. "
Musically clearer is the relationship to Stevie Wonder with the rapper Coolio. It owes its biggest hit to a Stevie Wonder song. Coolios "Gangsta's Paradise" is actually little more than a remake of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise" from "Songs in the key of life", the acclaimed double album from 1976. Yesterdays New Quintet dedicates an entire album to the great idol. Plain and simple "Stevie" is the homage of the band around hip-hop producer Madlib. The album contains instrumental versions of Stevie songs, in the spirit of hip hop and deep house.
"Sounds are like paintings"
"... and I want to paint with sounds", Stevie Wonder once said. In 1980 he painted the portrait of a Jamaican icon. "Masterblaster" is his musical bow to Bob Marley and reggae. Wonder is one of the first to bridge the gap between North American soul and the sound of the Caribbean. Even if Stevie Wonder calls his music "a colorless music": He knows very well that his ancestors were black slaves from Africa. This original African-American experience is inscribed in his music. And so he inscribes himself in the tradition of American black music when he commemorates one of the greats in jazz history. In "Sir Duke" Stevie Wonder paints a painting for Duke Ellington.
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