Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life Tour – Every Life Matters

Songs in the key of life

Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life tour reached its last leg in Oakland on Friday night.

Being that it was the last leg and that Wonder had previously used his stage to speak on the recent situation with Eric Garner and NYPD, I was excited to hear what he had to say.

Before I get to that, a little bit about the concert – it was all that I dreamed it to be. Because it wasn’t a concert of just greatest hits, it felt more special, as if you were strutting your Wonder stuff if you could sing along to Ordinary Pain and Saturn, while also rocking out to I Wish and Sir Duke.

Stevie was in such great voice. People were amazed at how impressive his vocals still were at 64 years of age. On certain songs, his vocals sounded like an exact replica of the original vocal track. He had incredible stamina, going nearly four hours in all with just a 15-minute intermission.

His family is a big part of his act as his daughter Aisha (and inspiration to Isn’t She Lovely) was with him on tour singing back-up. He also brought up two of his younger children on stage as well as his brother Calvin, who he said wrote the lyrics to Have A Talk With God.

India.Arie and Sheila E were on the tour with him and were big parts of the show. Sheila E in particular, rocked the house while looking to be in amazing shape. She’s only seven years younger than Wonder.

After Wonder closed the show with Another Star (with Dave Chapelle on the tambourine), he asked the crowd if they wanted him to continue playing. Showing his young spirit, he pretended that he was only going to go on if he got more money from the promoter. He then took on the persona of DJ Tick Tick Boom. He would mix and scratch his songs and when fans would get excited about one, he’d stop and say that he hasn’t seen any money yet. At first, I thought Steve had a little drinky drink underneath the keyboard, but it was all in good fun. He was foolin’. And he played out a few hits to end the night.

Before he went into Living For The City, he brought up the issue with police brutality again. His message was clear and it was about love (Love’s In Need Of Love was the perfect lead-off song for the show). But he was clearly upset. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard Wonder curse before, but he said that what happened with Michael Brown and Eric Garner was, “some bullshit.”

In the end, it was about every life mattering. I took a video of his message. Don’t blame the iPhone. I had good seats, but not nearly close enough to get a quality shot. The audio and his message is clear though. Every life matters.

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4 Thoughts on “Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life Tour – Every Life Matters

  1. I’m so jealous you got to go! I had hoped to make one of the tour dates, but at least I get to read your write up and I feel like I got some of the essence!!! What an experience and I LOVE that he had a message and used his platform to speak his mind on what’s happening around us right now!!

  2. Sounds like a great show! Thanks for the video, too! I happen to love that album.

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