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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.