As Stevie Wonder turns 70, a look at how he wrote the soundtrack for a fragile America

Dreamville Records president Ibrahim Hamad recently expressed some candid thoughts about the music industry in the age of COVID-19. “I can only speak for myself, but I’m finding it hard to connect with the music that’s been released lately cause it’s not speaking to the feelings and emotions that people are going through,” he tweeted last month. “I’m sure it’s not the same for everyone, but it sucks feeling uninspired by music.” Agree or disagree, Hamad is correct that music has served as a therapeutic time stamp, especially in times of crisis. Few have measured up to this responsibility quite like Stevland Hardaway Morris — known to the world over as Stevie Wonder…

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