As previously mentioned for last week’s video blog, this week I’ve posted my cover of the song I performed for the Wedding Reception of Barry and Erma. Barry told me after they danced to my performance that before he knew it was me performing, he thought they were dancing to a music CD! I was thrilled, of course. The newlyweds thoroughly enjoyed my rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed”. I hammed it up and played to the audience as I walked around the dance floor and serenaded Barry and Erma! I was honored to be able to participate for such a Blessed event! “Thanks Barry! Thanks Erma!”
It’s a busy time of year. Last week, my father-in-law celebrated his 71st birthday. My dad celebrated his 70th birthday this week. My mother-in-law celebrated her 67th birthday this week! Whew! My wife and I are immensely Blessed! Both of our families are immensely Blessed! Happy Birthday wishes to all three celebrants!
"Overjoyed" is a 1985 hit single released by American and Motown music legend Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown) label. The single peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1986, remaining in the Top 40 for six weeks. In addition, "Overjoyed" was a No. 1 hit on the adult contemporary chart, the eighth (and, to date, last) of his career.
The song was written first for the 1979 album Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants, but was left off the album, and re-recorded for the album In Square Circle. In the liner notes for the song, "crickets, nightingale & additional bird sounds, ocean, pebbles in pond, stone dropped, crushing leaves" are listed under "environmental percussion".