Song of the Day #278: ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ – Stevie Wonder

stevie_wonderI have a recurring thought that came to me once during an Academy Awards telecast… Stevie Wonder has no idea what Jack Nicholson looks like. I’m not sure why that rather obvious and trite concept struck me with such force.

I’ve always been fascinated and horrified by blindness… the thought of it scares the hell out of me, frankly. When I was a kid, we used to play those “Would you rather” games and “Would you rather be deaf or blind?” was an old standby. To me it was no contest. As much as I’d miss music and the sound of people’s voices, etc., it wouldn’t even come close to being eternally in the dark.

Of course a blind person, especially one born that way, would tell me I’m completely crazy, that his life is far from a nightmare… it’s just a different way of “seeing” the world than I’m used to. And I’m sure that’s absolutely true. Still, I wouldn’t trade places with Stevie Wonder, despite all his fame, talent and riches.

But of course there’s also no way he’d trade places with me!

OK, that was a bizarre tangent. Time for some music… an infectious little classic written for Wonder’s daughter.

Isn’t she lovely
Isn’t she wonderfull
Isn’t she precious
Less than one minute old
I never thought through love we’d be
Making one as lovely as she
But isn’t she lovely made from love

Isn’t she pretty
Truly the angel’s best
Boy, I’m so happy
We have been heaven blessed
I can’t believe what God has done
through us he’s given life to one
But isn’t she lovely made from love

Isn’t she lovely
Life and love are the same
Life is Aisha
The meaning of her name
Londie, it could have not been done
Without you who conceived the one
That’s so very lovely made from love

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #278: ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ – Stevie Wonder

  1. Dana says:

    As someone with absolutely terrible vision all of my life, I have often wondered what would happen if my eyes just continued to deteriorate until I was entirely blind. A scary thought indeed, but I also find it equally horrible to think of going through life hearing nothing but silence. To never hear music, your children’s voices, or your wife’s voice (well, some might say that’s a plus:))? I am just thankful that, at least so far, I have neither deafness nor blindness, and I am sure it is emotionally easier when you havve lived your whole life without, rather than knowing exactly what you are missing.

    As for Wonder, I admire the hell out of him, and think he is up there amongst the geniuses of music. Great song, made all the more poignant by the fact that Wonder joyfully declares his daughter “lovely” even though he has never seen her face.

  2. pegclifton says:

    I agree with you Clay about blind vs. hearing and agree with Dana’s point about it being easier not knowing exactly what you’re missing. I’ve always enjoyed his music and this song is one of my favorites.

  3. Amy says:

    First, I find it essential to point out that “we used to play those ‘Would you rather?’ games” at your near pahtological insistence. And blind vs. deaf was far less horrific than eaten by lions vs. bitten to death by red ants and the other equally repulsive options you’d offer us 😛

    That said, I disagree that it would be better to be born deaf or blind. If you went blind, you would always have context. When you felt the sun on your face and someone described the pinks and oranges of the sunset, you could imagine what it looked like. Same with hearing. I’m definitely from the “I’d rather have loved and lost” crowd.

    Oh, and this may be one of the most infectious songs ever.

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