What Christmas Means To Me

I was flat broke ten Christmastimes ago. I brought my entire cd/dvd collection to an independently owned store that often accepted these items for cash or store credit. I walked in with two filled plastic grocery market bags and got in the line for the cashier. I was in a bad mood because I did not want to part with my collection and I was broke at the worst time of the year. I was the last person in line from the time I joined it until the time I was next. All of a sudden, a lady partially obstructed my path to the cashier. She was holding some merchandise. I did not know if her intention was to cut in front of me or just ask a question. I got upset but remained silent. As the customer at the cashier’s counter received his receipt, I made sure to hurry around the lady and put my bags up on the counter. The cashier informed me that the store was not currently giving cash or store credit for used items. I was crushed because this was my last shot at having spending money for the rest of the year. I lifted my bags off the counter and left. As I headed toward the bus stop, a lady’s voice called out to me from behind. I turned around and saw the lady who had partially obstructed my path to the cashier. She gave me $100 cash and said, “Merry Christmas!” I was shocked. I told her that I could not accept it. She just smiled and walked back toward the store. I told her, “God bless you.” Christmastime is very special. It brings out the best in the people who celebrate it. Stevie Wonder’s What Christmas Means To Me (1967) elaborates on these points. It is a wonderful song that is worthy of its own subject.

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You Give Me Something

I create beautiful songs in my dreams. My songwriting ability slumbers when I am awake. I have great admiration for those who create beautiful songs while not snoring. I once talked with a musician about songwriting. He told me that he would take something from another’s song and make it his own. He could build an entire song on a few notes that he had heard. I have heard other musicians say the same thing. It’s not about plagiarism. It’s about creating something new from a bit of something else. James Morrison has named Stevie Wonder as one of his major musical influences. You Give Me Something (2006) proves that James Morrison was writing under the influence beyond a reasonable doubt. It is a beautiful song, case closed.

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The Greatest Man I Ever Knew

There is a path that all of us are supposed to take. We are held responsible for every thought, action, emotion, and desire. Only a small number of us have completed this path. It happens to be very difficult. It fills me with great joy when I encounter someone who is on this path. I met a man on this path about a decade ago. His name was Dave Register. He was like a second father to me. He was everything that I aspire to be before I leave this earth. He was godlike. I felt something break inside of me when I lost him after a few years. I often consider my love for him when I listen to Stevie Wonder’s If It’s Magic (1976). Dave Register was the greatest man I ever knew.

In Loving Memory Of Dave Register

In Loving Memory Of Dave Register

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Someday At Christmas

I love Christmas songs. I just found out how hard it can be to choose a favorite one. Stevie Wonder’s Someday at Christmas (1967) is my pick. Stevie sang this song first and his version is best. Other Christmas songs focus on how magical Christmas is. This song focuses on how magical Christmas could be. It gives us something to work toward. It lets us know that our hard work will be worth it. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you.

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Ebony And Ivory

Correcting a wrong is a wonderful thing. Not having a wrong to correct is even better. If we learn something right the first time, there will be no corrections to make. This is why children will always be mankind’s greatest hope for improving morality. Music has more of an influence on our young than ever before. It is unfortunate that much of this music is saturated with negativity. Ebony and Ivory (1982), by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, is a positive song that had a tremendous influence on my four-year-old mind. It still captivates me.

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Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer

I do not like that many sad songs. If a song is sad, it better be beautiful. I can find joy in sadness if what I am hearing is beautiful. Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer (1971), by Stevie Wonder, is a perfect example. Its power is beautiful. This song can bring me to tears. I welcome them. They are indicative of the special feelings that this song elicits from me and what they allow me to release. 

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Ribbon In The Sky

The most beautiful ribbons are in the sky. I believe that our technology will never best nature as a force. Nature has many qualities that will probably be forever out of our reach. Stevie Wonder’s Ribbon In The Sky (1982) is one of my favorite love songs. It describes a connection that we have with nature. It gives a beautiful description. Nature is our ally and it makes no sense for us to be its fierce competitor.

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Isn’t She Lovely?

More couples hope for baby boys over baby girls in the world in which we live. I do not wish to have any children. I had planned on having children for most of my life. I used to think of how wonderful it would be to have a baby girl. I associated a lot of pain from my own life with growing up as a male. I did not feel that growing up as a female was easy. I just figured that it was easier. I do not believe this anymore. Anyway, if I was going to be a father, I would still prefer a baby girl over a baby boy. Go ahead and listen to Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely? (1976). It makes a pretty convincing case for having a lovely baby girl.

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Keep On Trucking

At one point in my life, I almost became a truck driver. I was accepted into an intensive training program. I had fantasized about driving trucks since I was a little boy. This would be a dream come true. There were twelve of us. We had three male instructors who had been driving trucks for many years. After two hours of classroom instruction, all twelve of us got a turn to be behind the wheel. The instructors cursed each of us out when we took these turns. This was all part of the training. I got the feeling that they had been taught this way and felt it was an effective way to train others. They were tough guys who were going to make us into tough guys. Maybe, one day, we would make others into tough guys and so on.

By the second day, we were down to eleven. I dropped out on the third day because I couldn’t take any more abuse. I do not learn by getting yelled at and called names. I learn by clear instructions. I was down for a few weeks afterwards but I found redemption. I was not less of a man because I dropped out of the program. I had survived a horrible childhood and an adulthood that was so far not much better. I was a survivor and nothing could take that away from me. Listen to a song that has helped me realize this reality time and time again. Redemption Song (1996), by Stevie Wonder, is a song that I like to hear while I keep on trucking. 

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You Will Know

You Will Know (1988) is my favorite song by Stevie Wonder. I love the lyrics, the melody, and the message. We have to realize what are the best ways to handle our hardships. In this respect, there is a solution to every problem. We are responsible for our actions, thoughts, and emotions. We may end up facing hardships due to chance. It makes no difference. It is up to us to know how to deal with whatever situations that we encounter.

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