Happy Wednesday…. or Happy Humpday! As some of you may know, it is Soul Music Wednesday! I truly believe soul music provides a spiritual experience for both the listener and vocalist alike. On Wednesdays, I like to share a featured love song and give my feedback on the record. Some of the songs will be old classics and others will be new favorites.
The song featured today is “Isn’t She Lovely”, sung by the immensely talented Mr. Stevie Wonder. The song was written and produced by Stevie Wonder and released under Motown. Here is a link to the song is below…
“Isn’t She Lovely” was released in 1976 on the diamond selling album, Songs in the Key of Life. The song garnered much praise and popularity, however, it did not chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 because Stevie Wonder would not allow it to be released as a 45 RPM single, despite being asked to do so by Motown. While there are not very many lyrics in the song, the words chosen are remarkably touching and meaningful. Not to mention, the musicianship and instrumentation presented alongside the lyrics creates a truly magical experience. I believe Stevie Wonder is just that, a wonder. His ability to play so many instruments without sight, sing so soulfully, and write so poetically is amazing. He is a talent that appears maybe once in a generation.
In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, I decided to choose a song that focused on father-daughter bonds. “Isn’t She Lovely” is dedicated to Stevie Wonder’s daughter Aisha, who was recently born at the time of recording. He speaks of his daughter in the highest regard on the record, including her being made from love and even equates her to life itself. Father-daughter relationships are so important because as many have said before, it is the first time that a girl ever learns to love a man. I wish all fathers looked at their daughters, and sons, with as much admiration as Stevie Wonder spoke of in this song. I deeply admire wonderful fathers that truly love and care for their children, both financially and emotionally. While many men run from the responsibility, there are some amazing men that step up and raise not only their own, but others’ children as well. My dad is not my birth father, but he is my father in every way that matters. I am very thankful and appreciative that God placed in my life over ten years ago and love him very much. I would like to wish all the fathers, and women who play both roles, a very Happy Father’s Day this Sunday!