Essential Records: Stevie Wonder's 'Songs In The Key of Life'

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Songs In The Key Of Life is hailed by many as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. Music industry icons like Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Elton John and Mariah Carey all sing its praises. By the time Stevie Wonder gifted the world his magnum opus - at just 25 years old - he had already released 21 albums under the famed Motown label. Amazing!  

Stevie Wonder Where I'm Coming FromOne month before his 21st birthday in 1971, Stevie Wonder released Where I'm Coming From, a definitive production that gave way to a new aesthetic, style, and sound not aligned with the polished, clean, stand up image Motown championed for its artists. In essence, Wonder was shedding his "Little Stevie Wonder" persona and declaring his musical independence. Armed with a new recording contract giving him artistic control, Wonder co-wrote the album with then girlfriend and former Motown secretary, Syreeta Wright. Together the two penned songs that showcased a new, funkier style Wonder was developing outside the confines of Motown. Digging deeper to perfect his new sound, Stevie followed with Music Of My Mind in 1972, the precursor to what became his unrivaled golden era of output. Music Of My Mind was entirely written, produced, and performed by Wonder (with the exception of a single part in two songs) masterfully utilizing Arp synthesizers, Moog keyboards, and live instrumentation. This was Wonder's first truly cohesive effort realized all on his own. The transformation from "Little Stevie Wonder" to bonafide one man production powerhouse was complete.

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WONDER-FULL SF X: 10 Years Celebrating the Wonder of Stevie this Saturday

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The annual Stevie Wonder tribute WONDER-Full SF starring DJ Spinna (NYC) celebrates its ten-year wonder-full stevie wonderanniversary in San Francisco on December 7th at Mezzanine.

WONDER-Full is a dance party of epic proportions dedicated to Stevie Wonder’s essential compositions, covers, and goodies. WONDER-Full debuted in San Francisco in 2003 and its ten-year run, Stevie fans from across the Bay Area and beyond have embraced the event with beautiful energy, diversity and love that has made WONDER-Full SF one of the most anticipated events of the year! 

One of the most sought after dance floor magicians DJ Spinna headlines with support from Hakobo (fresco), Proof (Massive Selector), and King Most (Society).

More details HERE! Advanced tickets have sold out, but tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.

WONDER-FULL SF 9: A Tribute to the Wonder of Stevie featuring DJ SPINNA

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 20, 2012 02:36pm | Post a Comment


Bay Area, get ready for some kinda WONDER-full! KeiStar Productions, fresco, and Massive Selector present WONDER-Full SF 9: A TRIBUTE TO THE WONDERS OF STEVIE on Saturday, December 8th, 2012, at MEZZANINE (444 Jessie St, SF).

For the past nine years, Brooklyn's DJ SPINNA has blessed us with songs in the key of life. in return, stevie wonderwe've has embraced the event with beautiful energy and love that has made San Francisco’s WONDER-Full one of the best on the planet! Please join us for a special evening celebrating soulful music in all forms inspired by the genius of Stevie Wonder. If you've ever been to a WONDER-Full, you know it's more than just a party… It’s an experience!

Get your tickets HERE!

The Last Holiday: A Memoir

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The Last Holiday: A Memoir If you are looking for a tell-all autobiography about the tumultuous life of Gil Scott-Heron, chances are you are going to be disappointed by The Last Holiday: A Memoir. What Gil Scott-Heron gave us were selected memories, the ones that resonated in his mind before his death. He is a man full of inspiration and controversy, but chose to reflect on his accomplishments and share the memories of people who most inspired him most.

The autobiography jumps around in the beginning, from his tour stories from his 1980 tour with Stevie Wonder to his upbringing with his grandmother in Tennessee. Gil writes eloquently about being raised in the south and being one of the first black students to integrate into an all-white school public school. After his grandmother’s passing, he moves with his mother to New York, in which his mixture of book smarts and street smarts ends up going to a private high school mostly reserved for students of privlege. From there it covers his college days, in which he takes a leave of absence to finish his first novel, The Vulture. From there, he returns to school and starts on a path as the musician the most people know him as.

Gil never dwells too much on his accomplishments. For instance, Gil spends more time writing about his appreciation how other artists covered his songs off his excellent album, Pieces Of A Man than he does about writing the songs himself. Much praise in the book was given to the people that he felt helped him along the way, such as his family, instructors, musicians as well as guys such as Bob Thiele and Clive Davis, who both released his albums and helped make him the icon that he became.

Gil Scott-Heron & Stevie WonderThe most praise and perhaps could have been a book on its own, was Gil’s stories about tour with Stevie Wonder in 1980. The significance of that tour was that Stevie Wonder used the tour to help spearhead the campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr. day a national holiday, with a show at the Washington Monument, the very spot were King gave his infamous, “I Have A Dream” speech. Gil admiration for Stevie, who though blind, was keen in every other sense. He was a person who could say exactly what was needed to be said and do what was needed to accomplish his goal of a Martin Luther King Day, an accomplishment that was achieved during one of the most conservative governments in U.S. history. It is also noteworthy to add that Gil was supposed to do a few selected dates on the tour, as Bob Marley was the opening act. But as it was, Bob was diagnosed with cancer and had to cancel the tour.

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Wonder-Full SF 8 with DJ Spinna, 12/10 at Mezzanine in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 6, 2011 03:51pm | Post a Comment

A San Francisco winter tradition returns! Keistar, Fresco & Massive Selector present WONDER-FULL
Stevie Wonder Wonderful San Francisco 2011 SF 8: A TRIBUTE TO THE WONDERS OF STEVIE on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at Mezzanine (444 Jessie St, SF).

For the past seven years, DJ SPINNA has blessed the Bay Area with this special evening celebrating soulful music in all forms inspired by the genius of Stevie Wonder

If you were one of the lucky ones who made it to WONDER-FULL in the past, then you know that this event is more than just a party… it’s an experience!

Saturday, December 10, 2011
WONDER-FULL SF 8: A Tribute to the Wonders of Stevie

Mezzanine - 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco
9pm-4am | $20 | 21+

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