In the 1970’s Stevie Wonder put together some of the best pieces of music the world has ever heard and it is my contention that the album run from Music Of My Mind all the way through to Hotter Than July is arguably the greatest run of albums put together by any solo artist.
What marked out the run was a knack to tap into romantic and social issues with a skill and tenderness of touch that was admired by his contemporaries and has been a hallmark then and one now.
It is then all the more amazing that there was no room on any of those albums for this track. In as much as the track Visions is an amazing piece of social commentary, not even that song matches the potency to be found in this song where Stevie rightly highlights relational and social disharmony that sees man’s inhumanity to man and a gross neglect to his ecological stewardship responsibilities.
One thing to deliver such a blow in words, another to encase those words in a melodic and harmonic framework that gently takes the listener through the harsh realities of the lyrical content and yet simply elevates them above the pain and poverty. Simply superb. It remains an enormous crime for this song to have only been released in the sundtrack Jungle Fever.
A Stevie classic to be savoured, soberly considered and responded to in love. Enjoy.