“Songs in the Key of Life” Stevie Wonder Rocks United Center

songs in the key of lifeOn November 14th, Stevie Wonder made his fourth stop on the Songs in the Key of Life tour at the United Center.

 

At 64, Stevie Wonder proved he can still get down and entertain thousands. Songs in the Key of Life was filled with tears, celebration, and remembrance.

Introduced by India Arie, Wonder sang classics such as “Knocks Me Off My Feet”, “Sir Duke”, and “My Cherie Amour”. During the show he introduced Aisha Moore, his daughter and backup singer, and shared an intimate moment with the crowd when he dedicated his classic song “Isn’t She Lovely” to her. The audience wept with Stevie as he followed up his dedication to Aisha with “Joy Inside My Tears”.

The crowd was enthralled by Stevie’s knowledge and love of his “second home”, Chicago. Wonder reminisced about recording his first hit album, “Fingertips”, at the Regal Theater on the south side of Chicago at the age of 13, and expressed gratitude for the Chicago DJ that helped pushed “My Cherie Amour” to the top of the charts in 1969.

songs in the key of lifeSongs in the Key of Life was, of course, a star studded event. Aside from his introduction by India Arie, his 14 backup singers and massive band (some of which have collaborated with Stevie in the 70’s), Jesse Jackson was spotted in the audience along with a number of well-known Chicago DJs.

Stevie paused for a serious moment at his concert, to speak out against the violence in Ferguson and calling on the Governor of Missouri to “act as though every little black boy is his son, or nephew.”

The concert ended with a performance of “Superstition”, but fans continued the celebration of Songs in the Key of Life in the hallways and parking lot of the United Center, despite Chicago’s early winter wind.

Seeing Stevie Wonder in concert was unforgettable. We always hear about the legends and the icons of music, but witnessing the magic of Stevie Wonder was such a joy and a learning experience and has given me a greater understanding of how much his work has influenced artists such as John Legend and Alicia Keys. Stevie is old enough to be my dad, but he has the heart and spirit of someone who’s young enough to be his son. Rock on Stevie!

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Kelsey Stone

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