Song of the Day 10/5

Posted: October 5, 2011 in J.C. Personal
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Today’s song was written and performed by Steveland Hardaway Morris; more commonly known as Stevie Wonder. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” was released in 1973 and became Wonder’s third number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as Grammy winner for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Rolling Stone named the song as number 281 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The first four lines of the song are not sung by Wonder, but by James Gilstrap and Lani Groves. The single version added horns to the song while the album version remains without.

Steve Wonder signed with Motown at the age of 11 and has since won an amazing twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever given to a male solo artist. Wonder has also won an Academy Award for Best Song for “I Just Called to Say I Love You”, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and been named the ninth greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone. Wonder is a multi-instrumentalist, proficient in piano, synthesizer, harmonica, congas, drums, bass, bongos, organ, melodica, and clavinet.

“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” has been covered by several musicians. Notable covers include: Engelbert Humperdinck, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Mel Tormé, Perry Como, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Jones and Andy Williams.

The song is a simple love song; the singer is proclaiming that he will always stay with the person to whom he is singing. She is so important to him that she becomes his sunshine.

You may ask what’s so important about sunshine. Sunshine is important because the skin reacts to sunshine by producing vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to maintain strong bones, which reduces the risk of fractures. Vitamin D deficiency in children can cause rickets while adults with low vitamin D are at risk for bone and joint pain, muscle and joint weakness and some even experience severe depression if they do not get enough vitamin D. This is why full spectrum light therapy is often prescribed to those suffering from depression, during the months where the sun is further away. The most receptive cells for sunlight are on the face, hands, arms and believe it or not, on the back of the knees.

We should all take a cue from Stevie Wonder and find the sunshine of our lives, or make an attempt to catch a few of the real rays, especially in the fall/winter time.

See ya on the “b” side.


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