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This Guy’s Cover of ‘Superstition’ Somehow Manifested Actual Stevie Wonder

And then they sang together. If you wish hard enough, Stevie will appear.

by Lauren O'Neill
24 January 2017, 11:22am

You, Grayson Erhard, long haired troubadour, Colorado singer-songwriter, are giving the people of the Marriott hotel in Anaheim, California the greatest show of their damn lives. These folks are tired after a long day at the National Association of Music Merchant conference, and you and Betty are providing some quality cover versions to keep them entertained. Betty is the name you gave your acoustic guitar.

After a few tracks (maybe a little "Hotel California," a little "Brown Eyed Girl"), you decide to give something new a try. You always dug that "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder and you think your audience might do too. And though you're not sure of the words to the second verse, you launch the sort of gravelly, rock-tinged rendition that you believe has become your hallmark.

But then. But then. As if somehow beckoned by the sound of his own superlative music, like some kind of spectre of soul, you are visited by Stevie IRL Wonder, who glides into that Marriott as if to save you. His face is kind, benevolent. He wears a tunic. He whispers the lyrics into your ear softly, as he performs "Superstition" with you, graciously ignoring the fact that you look and sound not unlike the guy with a Rock Voice who always got voted off during the second week of the American Idol live finals every year.

You, Grayson, have manifested Stevie Wonder. There is no extent to what you might do. Maybe that big break is just around the corner. The power of Stevie compels you.

NB: OK so I don't actually know what, if anything, Grayson calls his guitar and "Brown Eyed Girl" was the product of artistic license, but most of this did actually happen, inside the hallowed space of the Anaheim Marriott on Monday. Stevie is, as always, an earth angel (dedicating the song as he does to the participants in Women's Marches across the world) and Grayson puts up an admirably solid show in the face of an actual icon. Thank modern technology for the following video, which captured the moment:


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