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Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Summer Soft: natural beauty

Summer Soft; natural beauty
When the heat is strong and looking for a shadow where shelter from high temperatures, always come to my mind an album of Stevie and a few songs. The album corresponds to its beginnings in the early 80's marked by the search for more commercial sounds. It's "Hotter Than July", an album with great songs that have remained part of the live repertoire of Stevie Wonder as the big ballad "Lately", the tribute to Martin Luther King and always wildcard "Happy Birthday", and the refreshing reggae beat "Master Blaster (Jammin')".

But there are also compositions of Stevie that come to mind. Some come to me his musical beginnings -without the tagline "little Stevie"- in the 60's. They are "Beyond The Sea" or "Castles In The Sand" belonging to his album "Stevie At The Beach". Other belong to his most extraordinary period in creativity and probably the most outstanding and ambitious album, "Songs In The Key Of Life
Inside this wonderful and amazing album, was "Summer Soft". An ode to summer in form song of celestial beauty, with a sophisticated and brilliant melody, instrumentation is just wonderful, and the sensitivity vocal only up to a genius as Stevie Wonder. The lyrics captures the beauty of nature, yet sadness for the loss of personal relationships.

With Ben Bridges on rhythm guitar, Ronnie Foster on the organ, Larry "Nastyee" Latimer to percussion and as usual, Stevie playing the majority of the instruments, giving shape to one of the 21 jewels that contain this album of mid 70's. A jewel of texture and natural beauty that excites and moves just to hear the first chords.
Summer soft ....
Wakes you up with a kiss to start the morning off
In the midst of herself playing Santa Claus
She brings gifts through her breeze

Morning rain ....
Gently plays her rhythmns on your window pane
Giving you no clue of when she plans to change
To bring rain or sunshine

And so you wait to see what she'll do
Is it sun or rain for you
But it breaks your heart in two
When you find it's October
And she's gone And she's gone
Summer's gone Taking with her summer's play

Winter wind....
Whispers to you that he wants to be your friend
But not waiting for your answer he begins
Forcing dangers way with his breeze

Morning snow...
Plans to have a winter ball for you to throw
But just where or when he never lets you know
If it's snow or clear days you'll find

And so you wait to see what he'll do
Is it sun or rain for you
But it breaks your heart in two
Cause you've been fooled by April
And he's gone
And he's gone
Winter's gone

You find it's October
And she's gone
And she's gone
Summer's gone

You've been fooled by April
And he's gone
And he's gone
Winter's gone

You find it's October
And she's gone
And she's gone
Summer's gone

You've been fooled by April
And he's gone
And he's gone
Winter's gone
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