Concert preview: Stevie Wonder brings Songs in the Key of Life to the Schott

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It’d be enough to recommend seeing Stevie Wonder if he were just playing a standard set. But considering this is billed as his Songs in the Key of Life tour, and he’ll be playing the stone-cold, 1976 classic in its entirety, it easily stands as the concert event of the spring season — if not the year.

The album’s 21 tracks are insanely varied, swinging from joyous odes to fatherhood (“Isn’t She Lovely,” penned about his then-baby girl Aisha) to socially conscious fare that (sadly) sounds as timely in this modern era as when it was first written. Witness the funk-infused “Black Man,” where Wonder questions his foothold in society, singing, “It’s time we learned/ This world was made for all men,” or “Village Ghetto Land,” a harrowing portrait of class disparity that runs counter to its lush, orchestral instrumentation.

Yet even when Wonder strolls amidst the broken glass and spilled blood, his optimism remains undimmed. It’s this unwavering hope, faith and joy that has helped the music maintain its glow all these years on. Don’t miss this one.

Photo by Eddie Wolf

Schottenstein Center

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1

555 Borror Dr., Campus