Higher Yester Me Saw A Love Light In Flight Outside My Window


A prominent figure in popular music during the latter half of the 20th century, Wonder has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and won 22 Grammy Awards (the most ever won by a solo artist) as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also won an Academy Award for Best Song, and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. He has also been awarded the Polar Music Prize.

He has had ten U.S. number-one hits on the pop charts as well as 20 R&B number one hits, and has sold over 100 million records. Wonder has recorded several critically acclaimed albums and hit singles, and writes and produces songs for many of his label mates and outside artists as well. He plays the piano, synthesizer, harmonica, congas, drums, bass guitar, bongos, organ, melodica and Clavinet. In his childhood, he was best known for his harmonica work, but today he is better known for his keyboard skills and vocal ability. Wonder was the first Motown artist and second African-American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

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Side One

Higher Ground

Side Two

Too High

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Side One

Yester Me, Yester You

Side Two

My Cherie Amour

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Side One

Love Light in Flight

Side Two

It’s More than You

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Side One

Outside My Window

Side Two

Same Old Story

Crate Digging Adventures


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I’ve been saving my record store trips for the monthly wrap ups, but OH MY GOSH, I cannot wait! The roommate and I decided to stop by Garnick’s after lunch and they had just received a large shipment in from a radio station. There was so much reggae in the mix, it was un-frickin-believable. I could’ve spent all day there but the wallet was feeling the pain with what we picked out. I grabbed a few along with jazz, comedy and even a kids’ album! We have a stack set aside for after I get paid again too! I’m bad, I know!

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We also hit up the dollar bins and I splurged on a few albums too! Be on the look out for some posts about all of the albums, but I wanted to rev y’all up too, so check out this little list of a sneak peak!

Dinah Washington

Count Basie

Boston Pops

Raffi (YES, RAFFI! Let’s take it back to when I was 5!)

New Kids On The Block

Joan Rivers

We also got a lot of international music, including some Kenyan pop music! I’m pumped to get all of them entered and share them with you so be sure to check back! I did also post more images of the trip to Garnick’s on Instagram and Facebook so if you’re interested in seeing the whole experience, hop on over there!

It’s Stevie Time!


I love me some Stevie Wonder. He’s actually coming to Boston soon but the tickets are a bit out of my price range so I won’t be attending (well, unless any of you wanna send me there!). I have an absolute ton of his singles so I will be trying to spread out some more Stevie facts throughout. I do also have one of his LPs, which you can see by using the tags if you want!

Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1950, the third of six children to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. He was born six weeks premature, which, along with the oxygen-rich atmosphere in the hospital incubator, resulted in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition in which the growth of the eyes is aborted and causes the retinas to detach; so he became blind. When Wonder was four, his mother left his father and moved to Detroit with her children. She changed her name back to Lula Hardaway and later changed her son’s surname to Morris. Wonder has retained Morris as his legal surname.

Wonder began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica, drums and bass. In 1961, when aged 11, Wonder sang his own composition, “Lonely Boy”, to Ronnie White of the Miracles; White then took Wonder and his mother to an audition at Motown, where CEO Berry Gordy signed Wonder to Motown’s Tamla label. Before signing, producer Clarence Paul gave him the name Little Stevie Wonder. Wonder and his mother would be paid a weekly stipend to cover their expenses: $2.50 a week, and a private tutor was provided for when he was on tour.

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Side One

Superstition

Side Two

You’ve Got It Bad Girl

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Side One

Send One Your Love

Side Two

Send One Your Love (Instrumental)

Be Still My Beating Heart While Sting Does Charity Work


Sting has had so many charitable endeavors over time and I love volunteering myself so I felt weird leaving things out when listing everything from Wikipedia. I do apologize in advance for this lengthy post! There will be a lot of name dropping of other musicians and a little bit about my own endeavors!

If you’re feeling charitable yourself, there are some great causes out there, locally and internationally. Personally, I like working with the Special Olympics! They seem to create really fun events to draw attention while raising money. You may remember that I rappelled down a building to raise over $1,000 for them!

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Another great cause is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (or similar cause in your country). I haven’t talked about it a lot, but suicide has affected my life enormously. I’ve almost lost an aunt, lost a manager at my first job, my best friend from high school lost her mom and most recently, I lost a very dear friend. His death has impacted me greatly, it’s almost been a year and I still tear up when certain songs come on and it feels like yesterday. I understand those feelings but it doesn’t make the loss any easier.

Sting’s first involvement in the human rights cause came in September 1981 when he was invited by producer Martin Lewis to participate in the fourth Amnesty International gala. Sting performed two of his Police compositions as a soloist – “Roxanne” and “Message in a Bottle”‘ – appearing on all four nights of the show at the Theatre Royal in London.

Sting also led an impromptu super-group of other musicians performing at the show including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Donovan, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in the show’s grand finale. The event was the first time that Sting had worked with Geldof, Collins and Ure – an association that developed further with 1984’s Band Aid and 1985’s Live Aid. Sting’s performance at the gala – his first live appearances as a solo performer – was prominently featured on the album of the show and in the feature film of the show. In 1986, Sting contributed a haunting song originally made famous by Billie Holiday, “Strange Fruit,” to a fund-raising compilation album entitled Conspiracy of Hope: Honouring Amnesty International’s 25th Anniversary.

His association with Amnesty continued throughout the 1980s and beyond and he was a pioneering participant in many of Amnesty’s Human rights concerts – a series of music events and tours staged by the US Section of Amnesty International between 1986 and 1998. Regarding his support for Amnesty International, he stated: “I’ve been a member of Amnesty and a support member for five years, due to an entertainment event called The Secret Policeman’s Ball and before that I did not know about Amnesty, I did not know about its work, I did not know about torture in the world.”

In 1988 he joined a team of other major musicians – including Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen – assembled under the banner of Amnesty International for the six-week Human Rights Now! world tour commemorating the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 1988, he released the single “They Dance Alone” which chronicled the plight of the mothers, wives and daughters of the “disappeared”, the political opponents of the regime killed by the Pinochet government in Chile. Unable to publicly voice their grievances to the government about their missing loved ones, for fear that they would “go missing” too, the women of Chile would pin photos of their “disappeared” relatives on their clothing, and dance in silent outrage against the government in public places. Later, Sting would perform the song on stage in Chile and Argentina, dancing with some of those same women. He has said it was one of the most moving moments in his life.

With his wife Trudie Styler and Raoni Metuktire, a Kayapó Indian leader in Brazil, Sting founded the Rainforest Foundation Fund to help save the rainforests and protect the rights of the indigenous peoples living there. In 1989 he flew to the Altamira Gathering to give a press conference offering his support while promoting his charity. His support for these causes continues to this day, and includes an annual benefit concert held at New York’s Carnegie Hall with Billy Joel, Elton John, James Taylor and other music superstars. A species of Colombian tree frog, Dendropsophus stingi, was named after him in recognition of his “commitment and efforts to save the rain forest”.

On 15 September 1997, Sting joined Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John, Phil Collins and Mark Knopfler at London’s Royal Albert Hall for Music for Montserrat (side note, I flew over this island on vacation with my dad and it actually erupted as when we went by), a benefit concert for the Caribbean island that had recently been devastated by an eruption from a volcano.

In September 2001, Sting also took part in the post-9/11 rock telethon America: A Tribute to Heroes singing “Fragile” to help raise money for the families of the victims of terror attacks in the United States. Sting lost a close friend in the collapse of New York’s World Trade Center twin towers.

Since then, Sting has performed at the Leeuwin Estate Concert Series in Western Australia, with the concert raising $4 million for the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. In 2005, Sting performed a complete set at the Live 8 concert, the follow-up to 1985’s Live Aid concert. A few years later, in 2007, Sting played the closing set at the Live Earth concert at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Joined by John Mayer and Kanye West, Sting and the Police fittingly ended the show singing “Message in a Bottle,” as the event was dubbed “The SOS Concert.”

In January 2010, Sting performed “Driven to Tears” during the global telethon Hope for Haiti Now. Later that year, he performed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. during the 40th anniversary celebration of Earth Day and became a Patron of the poverty alleviation and beekeeping charity Bees for Development.

Sting appeared on Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together and sang a solo acoustic/rock version of “Message in a Bottle” to help raise funds for the American Red Cross in support of those affected by the storm which hit the east coast of the United States earlier that week. The show reportedly raised $23 million. Since that concert, Sting has performed a series of benefit concerts to raise funds for New York’s Public Theater and contributed over $2 million in support of free performances at Shakespeare in the Park.

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Side One

Be Still My Beating Heart

Side Two

Ghost in the Strand

All This Time With Sting But I’ve Set Him Free


Sting has varied his musical style, incorporating distinct elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age, and worldbeat into his music. As a solo musician and as a member of The Police, he has received 16 Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, a Golden Globe award, an Emmy Award, and several Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Police in 2003.

Including his years with The Police, Sting has sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has also collaborated with many other musicians, including the duet “Rise & Fall” with Craig David and the number one hit “All for Love”, with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart.

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Side One

All This Time

Side Two

I Miss You Kate

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Side One

If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

Side Two

Another Day