Stevie Wonder: "Songs in the Key of Life" celebrates 40th Anniversary
"Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision…" Stevie Wonder
To know me, is to know that music & inspiration from Stevie Wonder is a large part of the reason that I sing today.
As a child, I spent many Saturday afternoons with my father, sitting in front of our large picture window listening to and discussing diverse music. One day while listening to the Songs in the Key of Life album by Stevie Wonder my life was changed. The contents of the song Ngiculela/Es Una Historia/I Am Singing brought me to tears as a child and made me want to have such an effect on people. From that moment on, I have been compelled to sing songs and make music that will positively touch the lives of others.
I am not sure if it was the song's rich texture, the lyrics, the integration of different languages or the spirit of unity in which it was conceived but I was, and still am, hooked:
- In September 1976, the Songs in the Key of Life album was released by Motown Records.
- In October 1976, the album rose to number one on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 82 weeks.
- In 1977, the album won two Grammy awards: album of the year, and best male pop vocal performance.
- In 2002, Songs in the Key of Life was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and in 2005, into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
In 2014, I had the pleasure of attending the Songs in the Key of Life Tour at the Great Western Forum and the All-Star Grammy salute in 2015—both were WONDERful!
Take a moment to celebrate Songs in the Key of Life and share your favorite song from the album.