Stevie Wonder – You Are the Sunshine of My Life

First Hit #1: May 19, 1973

I’m going to go out and say that Stevie Wonder has to be one of the warmest artists out there. This isn’t referring to his personality, since while he seems like a lovely person I’ve never met him. I’m referring to his overall sound. I’ve already mentioned his clear jazz influence, but there keyboards and tones he uses just sound incredibly warm, and this gives his music an almost visual quality. This sounds like a flood of yellows, light browns, and oranges, the colors one might associate with the sun. Appropriate, considering the title, and possibly unexpected from a blind artist. I don’t know how much of that feel is intentional, but it gives it a complete atmosphere that sets it apart from most other similar love songs. It’s easy to declare adoration, but it’s not quite as easy to create a mood which compliments that feeling, and does it in a way that’s welcoming and absorbing. It is a sound that could bring people together.

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One Response to Stevie Wonder – You Are the Sunshine of My Life

  1. The first two lines of the song are sung by Jim Gilstrap, whose voice will sound familiar to viewers of the 1970s sitcom Good Times, as he sang the title song (as a duet with Sondra “Blinky” Williams). The next two lines of this hit are sung by Lani Groves, a frequent backup singer for Wonder during the 1970s.

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