Song: "I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)"
Writers: Stevie Wonder and Yvonne Wright
Performer: Stevie Wonder
Album: Talking Book
When I lose my way emotionally, I feel the best thing to do is to go back to the well - to return to the things that nourish me, remind me of my priorities and provide perspective. Musically, the well takes the form of soul music. I love the classics: Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, etc. My favorite soul album, though, is Talking Book, a record teeming with genius. Wonder made the album when he was all of 22 years old and trying to shed himself of Berry Gordy's overbearing influence.
Talking Book reminds me of a dear friend, one I haven't seen for many years now. We hung out first in college as musicians and later in Japan as English teachers. He was a great companion for exploring Japan. He was a religious studies major in college so when we went to visit temples and shrines, he knew his stuff regarding the symbolism of the art and architecture. I have a very nice memory of hanging out with him in my Yokohama apartment listening to this album together, marveling at the artistry. This song was our favorite. While the whole track is outstanding, the end is particularly glorious.
How could I stay angry with all of that to think about?
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