Written By Braddon S. Williams

Stevie Wonder: Innervisions

Stevie Wonder was at the height of his creative powers when he created Innervisions (1973).

Innervisions was written, produced, and arranged by Stevie, and he played all the instruments on 7 of the 9 songs.

For me, the two songs that really grabbed my attention (then and now) were Living For The City and Higher Ground.

These songs were funky, hard hitting, and lyrically mesmerizing pieces of Stevie Wonder’s genius.

The rest of the album is great, too…lots of diversity in style and lyrical content throughout, but those two songs are always the ones I go back and explore.

https://youtu.be/we33iVN8LKM

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

James Brown: live at The Apollo

James Brown was rightfully known by the monikers “The Godfather Of Soul” and “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business.”

Brown released Live At The Apollo in 1963 and financed its recording the previous year with his own money.

His record company opposed its release at the time, but Brown believed in it and fought for it becoming a reality.

Brown’s instincts proved equal to his talent, as Live At The Apollo has attained legendary status over the years. It ranked 24th in a 2012 Rolling Stone list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

It has been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library Of Congress.

In 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Basically, what Live At The Apollo represents is a time capsule of when James Brown and his vocal backing group The Famous Flames, were an untouchable live act.

Of course, the band was insanely tight and the entire unit just drove audiences wild.

The whole album is only a half hour, but stands as a textbook example of how to play molten hot R & B and soul music at its absolute finest.

Hail James Brown!

https://youtu.be/ZF_rZrH4yBY

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind