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Stevie Wonder – For Once in My Life

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For once in my life, I have someone who needs me. I dedicate this one to my new cat.

Let’s take it back to 1968. Nothing like some Stevie Wonder to brighten your day and keep the blues at bay. This is one of my favorite songs of all time: a happy-go-lucky-can’t-help-but-smiling-yes-I-am-strutting–on-the-sunny-side-of-the-street-feeling-overwhelmed-with-inexplicable-joy-kinda-track. (hyperbolize!!).

There’s a whole lotta heart in this song. If I was a doctor, I would prescribe Stevie Wonder for everything. For real though. He’s got a certain sincerity that’s especially conducive to healing.

For once in my life I won’t let sorrow hurt me
Not like it’s hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won’t desert me
I’m not alone anymore.”

Sometimes you reach a point where you’ve had enough— AND NOTHING CAN BRING YOU DOWN. You’ve already hit rock bottom, and man, you’ve survived the depths. Dark as it can get sometimes, you always manage to resurface… and keep on keepin’ on. You wake up to the reality that your experience is indeed what you want it to be. Fearlessly undertaking the unknown, in pursuit of some higher truth for the love of humanity: this is what it’s all about, man.

No matter how much shit hits the fan, you’ll be fine. Enough is enough, and regardless of the way things progress,you’re learning. Letting go. With each obstacle comes a new one to learn from. Embrace these trials and tribulations; how unique they are to the human experience.

There will be times when the going gets rough and by default you spiral into an emotional whirlpool, or lack thereof (e.g., numbness).  Then, as your expectations disintegrate over time, you may find that shit miraculously starts to fall into place. Abandoning the pursuit does wonders for miracles…

For once, unafraid, I can go where life leads me
And somehow I know I’ll be strong.”

 Stevie Wonder – For Once in My Life

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Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Monolith Remix)

Musical prodigy, political activist, inspiration to the world for just being outstanding, yea I am talking about Stevie Wonder.  One of my favorite musicians who I listen to on a weekly basis to get my “Wonder fix.”  He has always inspired me to be brave, and embrace everything you are doing with what it is that you love, not caring who is watching or what anyone else is thinking or how they might be judging you.  One of my biggest obstacles when I was really young and being on stage, especially when it came to music, was screwing up, wondering if people were judging me down in the audience, what if my voice cracks, were they going to laugh?  Stevie Wonder with his brilliance, courage and ability to capture the audience, you would never guess that he had any type of ailment.  So seeing him in a concert, on stage, on the television I had to realize that all my fears were just silly, and they weren’t real, just dumb “superstitions” you might say.  Anytime I feel nervous or any of these silly fears come back I have to remember the greats like Stevie, and I just shut my eyes and remind myself that you can’t care what the rest of the world is thinking.  You just have to exude love, and people just seem to gravitate to that energy.

Very superstitious, writing’s on the wall 
Very superstitious, ladders bout’ to fall 
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin’ glass 
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past 

When you believe in things that you don’t understand 
Then you suffer 
Superstition ain’t the way.”

Stevie Wonder’s musical greatness is something that is very tricky to tamper with, when he is sitting at that piano fingers dancing on the keys like they were really part of his skin, you quiver with so much excitement, I know I do!  Upon hearing this remix from Monolith I was a little apprehensive, but he gives it the right twist and punch with out taking away from the magnificence that is Superstition.  You hear the drum and bass with a little bit of a Michael Jacksons, Thriller theme thrown in there as well, perfect sound match up since the two have worked together and vibed so well.  Superstition meet Thriller and out pops this little bit of unique fire… Wooo!

Hope everyone is still feeling alive and good on this beautiful Sunday evening, but don’t wind down too soon, enjoy!

Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Monolith Remix)