Original Musiquarium

Music Saturday is a great time to praise the one and only Stevland Hardaway Morris. The better known as (and aptly named) Mr. Wonder put together a string of albums in the seventies that may never be matched by a solo artist ever again. From 1972’s “Music of My Mind” through 1980’s “Hotter than July”, Stevie put out masterpiece after masterpiece. From “Superwoman” through “Lately” it was a period of creativity that frankly boggles the mind. There were some fine singer/songwriters at work during the time from Paul Simon to Bruce Springsteen to James Taylor to Carole King to Billy Joel, but none of them can match what Stevie did for pure artistry and consistency.

Stevie hasn’t been quite the same since and doesn’t put out music very often and has even produced some downright terrible songs like “Ebony and Ivory” and “I Just called to say I love you” (which was one of his biggest hits and actually won an academy award), but all transgressions can be forgiven for the absolutely stunning body of work that was completed in that ten year, six album span. I’ll put that run up against anybody including the Beatles or the Rolling Stones or anyone else who has toiled in the Rock and Roll era.

Here’s Stevie asking for a little divine intervention. We could all use some of that right now.

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3 Responses to Original Musiquarium

  1. Holte Ender

    March 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    “Heaven Help Us All” is very appropriate.

    I agree about his classic period being in the 70s, my two favorites “Talking Book” and “Innervisions” two absolutely incredible pieces of musical art. Both occupy space on my Ipod.

  2. Jess

    March 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I imagine everyone here could not choose one song of his that we would say is a favorite, because they are all great. I wouldn’t be able to pick one but these would be close to the top if I had to.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYQfWJNWe3I&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1YpULTAzrI&feature=related

    • Mycue

      March 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      You are right, Jess. There is just so much to choose from.