Posted on August 31, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“In short art is the education of nature. Thus, in its broadest sense, art is civilization. For civilization is nothing other than the unremitting aim at the major perfections of harmony”.
– ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD (1861-1947) British mathematician, philosopher
Musical artists have inspired billions of men and women through history. German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven said: “Music is a higher revelation than philosophy”. Writer Joseph Conrad called music “magic suggestiveness” and the “art of arts”. English man of letters Walter Pater thought “all art constantly aspires toward the condition of music”. Irish writer Oscar Wilde on music: “Music is the art… which most completely realizes the artistic idea, and is the condition to which all the other arts are constantly aspiring”.
At certain points in history musical compositions have been catalysts for social change, and many stirring moments have been captured on film of huge gatherings of people joined in song as one. So, with “as one” the focus of this post, it seemed right to share on a Sunday one of Stevie Wonder’s lesser known masterpieces – “Conversation Peace”. This powerful piece comes from Stevie Wonder’s 1995 album of the same name, and the work safely meets Beethoven’s “higher revelation than philosophy” description.
“Conversation Peace” is an artistic creation of timeless beauty and spiritual power. Like the creators of works of literature which pass the test of time and become read by every successive generation hundreds or thousands of years later, Stevie Wonder has also joined the ranks of artistic genius and will be appreciated for generations to come. Here in the year 2014, although “Conversation Peace” was produced nearly two decades ago, this artistic masterpiece will forever hold enough raw power and sheer force to perpetually remain a truly effective, relevant, current, world-recognized anthem and catalyst for peace.
Take a few minutes and consider starting a “world peace fire” by sharing this video. Think of it this way. There are billions of men, women, and children around the Earth looking for encouragement, inspiration, and uplifting of their spirits during these times. Humanity is always looking for positivity and, after watching and listening keenly to “Conversation Peace”, nobody can argue with the fact that Stevie Wonder’s masterpiece delivers massive positivity.
Those who’ve listened to “Conversation Peace” in the past will surely appreciate hearing it one more time – perhaps grasping in an even more profound way just what Stevie Wonder accomplished in creating the work. For them and the ones who are listening to “Conversation Peace” for the first time, get ready to experience – in the words of another Stevie Wonder classic – higher ground.
All for one. One for all. Thank you Stevie Wonder. Peace.
(Special thanks to Hazel Grace at YouTube)