on March 22, 2017 | Last updated March 22, 2017
Stevie WonderBird of Beauty
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Mid summer 1974, The U.S. was still involved in a largely unpopular conflict in Vietnam, Richard 'Tricky Dick' Nixon understands that his back is up against the wall and his presidency is coming to an end due to actions unbecoming 'The President of The United States of America' and leader of our 'Virtuous Freeworld'......
and things have gotten so topsy turvy crazy that even the general public is shocked to read newspaper headlines declaring Patricia Hearst, the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and heiress to the Hearst media empire, had now joined the political cause of her abductors, a left wing terrorist group calling themselves 'The Symbionese Liberation Army' who were responsible for her kidnapping merely 5 months prior. Tumultuous happenings for sure!
Stevie Wonder breaks on the scene with "Fullfillingness' First Finale", the second of three consecutive albums to win the prestigious Grammy Award for 'Best Album of the Year', three years in a row! "FFF" spawned a few more commercially successful tunes for Stevie including such funky, danceable hits as "You Haven't Done Nothing" and "Boogie on Reggae Woman".
Despite all the turmoil and strife of the times, "Bird of Beauty" comes to the rescue, inspired and influenced by the likes of Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 (with Sergio even throwing in a few Portuguese lyrical lines to lend authenticity to the number). Stevie grooves on a Samba/Brazilian Jazz energy which soothingly takes the mind's eye to a much more pleasant and relaxing place. Tastefully arranged and all instruments played by the man himself with the exception of the cuica, (a percussive instrument indigenous to Brazil, heard at the beginning of this song and played by Bobbye Hall), Stevie paints a gorgeous picture of pure and unadulterated escapism. Backed by the very capable vocal abilities of Deniece Williams, Lani Groves and Shirley Brewer, Mr. Wonder sings the virtues of allowing your being to just let go and chill on a natural level. There's no need for artificial or chemical "vehicles" (red, white or yellow pills as stated in the lyrics) to get there.
This work is a great, engaging, feel good composition which gets you to unwind and take a vacation from the proverbial rat race of everyday life and like Stevie says "ride that bird of beauty in the sky". I don't know about you guys but for me, that involves grilling some fresh fish on the barbie...whipping up a little mango salsa and maybe have some tasty ripe bananas for dessert (oh, don't forget the mojitos!) while having a few friends over for another evening of RB3 with a song like this in the setlist...Have fun!