This was a hard decision. I knew that with any piece on my favorite songs and songwriters of all time I would have to put in a Stevie Wonder song (because, um, duh? He’s only one of the greatest songwriters of all time), but picking one was extremely difficult. Ultimately I chose this song because of its beauty and simplicity in context with the rest of his music. This song is almost a lament, a song about the awareness of death, the evil of hate, the power of love, and a hope for a better future. It sounds cheesy, but I promise you, when Stevie sings it, nothing is cliche.
Stevie Wonder: Visions
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Jack Gulielmetti is a composer and guitar player. His works have been performed by groups such as the New York Philharmonic, JACK Quartet, Matt Boehler, The Da Capo Chamber Players, Synchronicity and Shouthouse. As a guitar player growing up in New York City, Jack has had the fortune to work with many groups of different genres around the city, playing everything from jazz and classical to electronic, hip-hop, funk, and everything in between. He has studied guitar with people such as Julian Lage, Nels Cline, Mike Moreno and Greg Howe. At the age of sixteen, he developed a love for composition, and enrolled in the composition program of Juilliard’s precollege program. He has studied with composers such as Manuel Sosa, David Conte, John Corigliano, and Joan Tower. Jack is currently working on several interdisciplinary projects to be present in the spring that incorporate live music, dance and projection art, and is collaborating at the moment on this with poet Srikanth Reddy. In addition to actively writing music, he still actively plays music around New York City and the world, mostly with the jazz/dance music group Onyx Collective. He is in his fourth year in an accelerated five year program at the Juilliard School studying composition with Robert Beaser and classical guitar with Mark Delpriora.