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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Sesame Street... Dance and the Wonder of Stevie!

Sesame Street Pictures, Images and Photos

Stevie Wonder performs his classic hit "Superstition" on Sesame Street in 1973, and turns it into an extended funk workout, with his oh-so-tight-house-band".

Please shove the employees out of the room, get the headphones on, or turn up the volume baby! This is music to rock out to, to dance, and be joyous! Pick up the cat, the dog, the kids (careful of your sacro-iliac nerve, please - Fhina brooks no law-suits!)...

Dance mes bloggy twisters - Dance! It's Wednesday, we're half way through a tedious week, and the weekend is full of love and promises to come...

"...Stevie sticks around to perform his own killer theme for the show..."

Stevie Wonder Pictures, Images and Photos

La Wiki proudly reports, "Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris)is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music during the latter half of the 20th century, Wonder has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits, won twenty-two Grammy Awards the most ever won by a solo artist in history, and the lifetime achievement. He has also won an Academy Award for Best Song, and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame.

Blind from birth, Wonder signed with Motown Records at the age of eleven, and continues to perform and record for the label. He has ten U.S. number-one hits on the pop charts as well as 20 R&B number one hits, and album sales totalling more than 100 million units.

Wonder 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 is the first Motown artist and second African American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his 1984 hit single "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (Fhina hates this song, she hates this movie!!!), from the movie The Woman in Red.

Stevie Wonder Pictures, Images and Photos

...the smoldering number-one hit "Superstition" is one of the most distinctive and famous examples of the sound of the Hohner clavinet keyboard.

The song, originally intended for rock guitarist Jeff Beck, features a rocking groove that garnered Wonder an additional audience on rock radio stations.

On an episode of the children's television show Sesame Street that aired in April 1973, Wonder and his band performed "Superstition", as well as an original song called "Sesame Street Song", which demonstrated his abilities with the "talk box".

Stevie Wonder Pictures, Images and Photos

"...in 2005 Kanye West said of his own work, "I'm not trying to compete with what's out there now. I'm really trying to compete with Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. It sounds musically blasphemous to say something like that, but why not set that as your bar?"

What think you of Kanye mes bloggy loves?

Mwah! (Mind, watch out for Kanye's language...Please do?) And, remember dance? ;)


Protege said...

Thank you for the musical lesson Fhina; Stevies "I just call.." will always remind me of when I was a teenager.
Blogger is acting up big time, it doesn't update my blog list so I missing out on posts. This is highly annoying.:(

Suldog said...

Love "Superstition", and always have! Great song!

Chairman Bill said...

Memo to Suldog: join the Catholic Church - I believe they also are into superstition.

♥ Braja said...

I admit i didn't read the rest of the post cos I didn't wanna get Stevie Wonder songs stuck in ma hid!! :)))

Michelle said...

I am dancing.

KANYE IS KEWL! I like the song Stronger!!!


Derrick said...

Hi Fhina,

Never watched Sesame Street. Not too old, just too sophisticated!! And as I'm cat, dog and kidless, I don't have no dance partner!

French Fancy said...

I've got him on vinyl and with his autograph scrawled over all the inner sleeves (4 of them). He was lovely, charming and his music was great. I don't listen to him any more though - dunno why either

Diane said...

I don't care much for his music, but Kanye is definitely pretty ;)

lakeviewer said...

His music is in the bones of my generation.

kapgaf said...

Ma chère FSI,

Stevie Wonder ? Isn't he lovely ? Oh I did dance and I did prance and I did listen to his albums muchly. Kanye, not so much.

Grosses bises.

Aleksandra said...

And you are doing it again,how on earth you find this cobination,Steve and the Muppets,Im laughing still of genuine happyness,thank you darlin!Hugz,Sandra

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Love it Fhina and NOBODY sings Signed, Sealed Delivered like ole Stevie-Boy :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Lola said...

Ooooo Fhina I'm dancing around the house, Mr E chasing me around giggling and tuning into one of his favorite songs SUPERSTITION!
Muppets and Stevie, two beacons for us.

Kanye = Very hot chocolate. Me likey. Perhaps the man more than the musician, though.

Vive la shake your booty, ma petite culotte! Bisous

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Well lets start at the bottom, if you'll excuse my expression!!Kanye..well I want to not like him, cos I cannot get into rap, at ALL no never, then I hear his soulful voice, cos when he sings he does sing well.. A few nights ago Jonoo Ross asked Eninem if he actually sung, like in the shower and maybe Frank Sinatra..En' trying not to laugh and ruin the facade, literally with his tongue in his cheek, said no he didnt, but everyone does, don't they sometime or other, wesing out loud. Both KAnye and En' have great facial bone structure and the Mum in me says AHhhh!! which sounds patronising but isn't meant to be...

And as for Stevie, I think might take the Songs to the key of life album to my desert island, but dont push me on it....as I'd want all the mOtown songs...

We saw stevie in concert in Wembley arena in the round..and we felt we were only seats away, in them there dark oldie days of the early 80's...those were the days...

Great Post Fhi..in fact a great day all round!! After visiting a good friend in the City today I attacked Ikea, but they didnt have wot I wanted, even though the computer said YES!! So bought another item and they discounted it, have just sat down 10.25pm and turned on laptop after putting my sons wardrobe thingy up..he's delighted.. AS am I...

bye love and thanks for 'being there'


drollgirl said...

this is one of the best stevie songs ever. a huge pick-me-up any time! i am going to CRANK IT and wiggle in my seat!

carma said...

So much talent. A true American Icon

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blognut said...

Look how cool you are putting my furry, blue face up there on your post today! I had no idea I would find it there.

I love Stevie's music, and Kanye makes me drool. He is beautiful to look at, and my teens subject me to a lot of his music. I kind of like Stronger.

You rock, Fhina! I love you and your blog. I hate that I was so late getting here today. XO

Bloggus Latus

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Protege: That happens to me too, sweetie, and I find that somehow I've missed yours and others, and it's so, so annoying! Glad you liked the little dance and I hope Batcat got an airing around the dance-floor! x

Suldog: Good stuff, Sir!

Chairman Bill: Sir, you are such a wag, but kindly please don't offend me other listener! He might come over to yours for a fight - He was such a sportsman in his youth, and I sense he is far bigger (and far holier) than thou! So watch out!

♥ Braja: You always make me smile Hart-Braja - Always! xxx

Michelle: I am so pleased - And dancing is so healing for your sweet toesies, my pet! xox

Derrick: Are you seriously telling me, Derrick, that you had no-one in your shop you could charm into a dance with your sweet wit, and darling facial whiskers??! x

French Fancy: And again, you tell us a story of such incredible wonderfulness... If you don't write these down somewhere and some day, FF, I shall be round to yours with a jemmy and tie you to a chair to write all your anecdotes up! :) x

Diane: Sorry you didn't like Kanye, dear sis'... Hope you are well and good and looking forward to a fine weekend with your sweet little one xox

lakeviewer: Said with such sweetness and aplomb, darling Rosaria x

kapgaf: Ma chère k, j'aime vachement beaucoup que tu as dance aujourd'hui... Merci millefois, et je t'embrasse tres fort oxo

Aleksandra: My dahlink, I just found it in a very random way on Youtube one day - and it is wonderful, non? And amazing that he was so young and on a children's show, and the band was just so fabulous! Take care, sweet Sandra xox

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff: too true, too true, my Reggie Girl-Petal! xox

Lola: Darling, congrats on your 100th post, I shall be over there this weekend to hug you, as I have a tendency to do, and to drink a toast of sparkling Italian wine to your loveliness and many talents! And being chased, how charming! xox

Fat, frumpy and fifty: You are such a wonderful, and hand-crafted card, me darling Saz! Now I never really liked Eminem because of how horrible some of his songs were, particularly the one he used Dido on - She's another of my real pet-hates...

I think it's amazing that you have been to see Stevie... and that you love his music too - Why should I be surprised! It was really lovely to meet up with you, my petal, and I had a sazfab day - Definitely! It was such fun, very warm and touching, and I envy you your talents and your energies and life-beauty, dear treasure of a friend - I had a pressie for you I captured at the weekend, but I am so chaotic (as you might know), that I put it somwhere safe, and haven't seen it since!! I shall get it in the post after I've had a Bank Hol treasure-hunt, and after we've been to York en famille - We leave tomorrow! Have a wonderful family weekend, dahlink Saz - Be good, be blessed xox

drolly: Glad you liked it, gorgeous! It is a rare pick-me-up, non?! I cannot fail to wiggle in my seat either when I see or hear it - Amazing! x

Carma: Very much so, dahlink Carma! x said...

Big Blog Collection: 'When you call me home, I'll come by...' sang Stevie...

blognut: Why that is the only picture of you I have, sweet sister - So I am pleased that it delighted your lovely blue face to see your reflection here! I am honoured to have your image here, Bloggus, and having your words and lovely writing grace my pages is an added bonus always - To uplift my soul - Really! Love and take care, you! xxooxx

I do love other Kanye rather than this, but could find very little of cool on Youtube that I could safely post, being as there's all that rubbish about stopping stuff being able to be played in the UK and so on... Sorry if I offended anyone by playing Golddigger. :) xoox

Something I wrote earlier...

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