It’s been a long week. Popular culture took a real hit this week with the death of David Bowie, and then actor Alan Rickman, both aged 69, both from cancer. Each in his own way created beauty with their art, and will be sorely missed. I take solace in the fact that all of the media attention will pique some curious kid’s interest, and he or she will visit a record store, or seek out a film, and be inspired to create art of their very own. Not for money, not for attention, but just because.
Sigh. Summer’s winding down. We’re past the halfway point of August, and it’s a continual downhill slide into another school year. I live with two students and a teacher, so the anxiety levels and the ‘woe is me summer’s almost over I don’t wanna go back to school’ vibe is really starting to ramp up. The talk around the house is increasingly turning to how many weeks are left in summer before school…soon that talk will convert from weeks to days remaining…It’s all too much for this year-rounder to handle.
More Stevie Wonder for your ear pleasure today…Is there such a thing as too much Stevie Wonder? No, there is not.Well, at least you get up to his 1980’s recordings and beyond…Stevie’s a musical treasure, but I don’t think I’m going to ruffle too many feathers if I say that the quality of his output started to seriously suffer after about 1980. But that’s ok, because we still have his 60’s and massive 70’s work to fall back to.
I have another playlist rule I’d like to share with you: A little Motown never hurts any playlist. And when it comes to summer music, Motown is a must. Here’s the first of several classic Motown tracks I’ll be adding to the Songs of Summer List, ‘Sir Duke‘ by Stevie Wonder.