We are slowly, surely, losing the pioneers who built modern music. Maybe not so slowly after all. The list of people who were not only present during genesis of pop/soul/R&B/rock — you name it — but are still vital performers is frighteningly small.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve a tally in your head of artists you’d like to see live some day. And, if you’re anything like me, you feel a twinge of regret when you hear that James Brown has died, or Isaac Hayes or Lou Reed or Ray Charles or Bobby Womack or Adam Yauch — because of what the world has lost and, selfishly, because you never got to see them to the thing they were among the best ever at.
So, here’s a thing you absolutely should do. Stevie Wonder — one of the last, great living pillars of popular American music — is going on tour. And, more than that, the 64-year-old is going to be performing, in its entirety, one of the greatest double-albums ever released: Songs in the Key of Life.
Ten cities, starting in New York, wrapping up in Oakland. All 21 tracks of Songs in the Key of Life. And maybe “Superstition” and “Higher Ground,” if we’re lucky.
Stevie Fucking Wonder. Just go. Don’t make this a thing you regret not having seen.