on March 15, 2017 | Last updated March 15, 2017
Stevie WonderGolden Lady
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (1)
5 LANE KEYS: MrBurpler
REVIEW: Funk Meister Freud
Next at bat is another Wonderful cut from 1973's Grammy Award winning album "Innervisions", Stevie's awesome follow up work to his previous masterpiece "Talking Book". "Innervisions" is a treasure of an album containing monstrous hits that showcase his ability to entertain, educate and inform the everyday man in acknowledging Wonder's social/political views through his lyrical content. Selections such as "Living for the City" and "Higher Ground" (the latter, covered decades later by the Red Hot Chili Peppers) bear witness to sentiments back then, that still hold weight and are just as relevant today. In contrast to the previously mentioned songs, "Golden Lady" is a beautiful dream captured within a ballad. Resonating with a slightly discernible Latin groove, this cut is romantic in its composition and like many of the songs comprising "Innervisions", dramatic in its execution.
"Golden Lady" starts with a solitary piano, stark and singular in its subtle expression. The first few measures lead the listener to believe this may be a song of pain and reflection... But nooo... This is Stevie Wonder, man!... Stevie don't do sad! This ballad is a fine example of why I'm so happy that AJFOne23 decided to pick much of Stevie Wonder's work from his "Golden Age".
After the lonely piano introduction, through Wonder's imaginative, exhilarating musical genius and direction, the bass and percussion navigate to merge with the keys and steadily transform the complexion of the song into one akin to awakening from a deep, long slumber which blossoms into a warm and completely satisfying embrace.
By the time Stevie arrives at the chorus and announces his "Golden Lady", you're sure to be caught up in the joyous and uplifting groove he intended you to feel from the 'git go'. Coming from a brutha' who lacks our outer physical vision, he effortlessly creates with music and sound, a doorway to our soulful/spiritual "Innervisions".