This blog post (#7) is one of two open for comments October 16-19.
Life is full of Wonder! Would you imagine yourself playing an instrument without being able to see? Seems like a hard thing to do right? Well, talent like that was given to a man named Stevland Hardaway Judkins who is now famously known as Stevie Wonder. Wonder was born on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan. He is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who debuted in the 1960’s. Some of the songs he is famous for are “I Was Made to Love Her”, “My Cherie Amour”, “Superstition”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and many more songs. The music producer was born six weeks early with retinopathy of prematurity. This was a disorder for his ability to see caused by excessive supply of oxygen given in an incubator which led to blindness. Young Stevie was gifted with the ability to sing for his church choir and taught himself to play the harmonica, piano, and drums; all before the age of 10.
One of the songs that I truly enjoy listening to is “Isn’t She Lovely”. This song released in 1976 around the time he had a daughter. Listening to this song, Stevie expresses his love for his newborn child with a poetic charisma. He states, “Isn’t she lovely, isn’t she wonderful, isn’t she precious, less than one minute old, I never thought through love we’d be, making one as lovely as she”. Usually, people see their newborn child and fall in love (I hope) but Wonder’s experience was a lot different. Although he could not see his daughter, he heard her baby voice, held her and imagined how lovely she may look. This says a lot about him and how we look at life. He doesn’t let his disability distract him from the glory of life and how life can be. His disability doesn’t define him he wants to act and feel exactly how any person would look at their newborn child. This says a lot because we take our ability to see for granted sometimes. For example, society makes a model of how people “should” look and we judge them if they do not look the way they are “supposed to”. Some people just look at each other and think immediately that who that person is without knowing them. In my opinion, we should listen to others and hear who they really are before we go on to just think someone is who there are by the way they look.
For more information about Stevie Wonder here are some links below:
For links to some of the songs I mentioned are here too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Gu-CyE-NQ (My Cherie Amour)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pYux5-d1Es (I Was Made To Love Her)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wZ_b_uUAdQ (You Are The Sunshine of My Life)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVvkjuEAwgU (Isn’t She Lovely)