Friday Gift

Somebody’s reading this blog. I know because WordPress tells me so, complete with graphs. I very much appreciate yinz. In fact, I feel kinda bad, because I’ve dumping so much weighty, rather dark stuff on you. So, to balance out, I want to give you a gift.

This week I discovered that on his 2004 Motown Two album, sometime Doobie Brothers frontman Michael McDonald covered Stevie Wonder’s “Tuesday Heartbreak.” This was a surprise. “Tuesday Heartbreak” is one of my favorite Stevie deep cuts. It appears on Talking Book, but was not released as a single. Despite the title, I consider it a very happy song, and I guess McDonald thinks so, too.

But that’s not the gift.

Because I went and listened to McDonald’s cover, folks, and it’s exactly what you’d expect from a Stevie Wonder song covered by Michael McDonald: technically proficient and completely soulless, done over in that patented Michael McDonald voice that a friend of mine once compared to someone attempting to suck out all the air from a room. It would be no gift to link to that song.

Instead I will link to the original Stevie Wonder classic. That is a true gift. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!