Thursday, January 27, 2011

Don't know why I love you

In the next few days I intend to publish my review of Jonathan Franzen's new book, "Freedom", on this blog. In preparation, I thought I'd direct my readers to a song, "Don't know why I love you", which I think alludes well to Franzen's themes of love overcoming pain and reason and disillusion.

Here's a video of a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder singing the song. His version is grinding, soulful, spontaneous.

Here's the Jackson 5 version for comparison. It's much more polished and upbeat. A 12-year-old Michael really pulls out all the stops, and conveys a romantic anguish he surely couldn't have experienced firsthand yet.

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