“You can’t base your life on other people’s expectations (Stevie Wonder Quotes, n.d.).” Stevie Wonder was an unstoppable man who didn’t let other people’s expectations determine his fate. Stevie Wonder broke down the barrier for African Americans by showing that they can do whatever whites could do and he earned 19 Grammys, making him one of the most talented musicians of the 20th century.
Sound had a huge impact on Stevie’s music career and interest in music. It all started with him hitting spoons against the furniture and playing with his cardboard drum (Beyer, 2002). Stevie Wonder was introduced to music as a very young child, which ed him create the music that most know today. Stevie liked Stevie was born premature. He was placed in an incubator, received too much oxygen, and went blind. Stevie believes that he was lucky to be alive (Beyer, 2002). Since blind people can’t rely on their vision, they have to rely on their senses like touch and sound. People that are blind can tell how someones feeling just by the tone of their voice. Eventually a blind person is going to realize that sound is going to become the most important sense. Stevie could understand this from a very young age (Beyer, 2002). When he learned that sound was very important, he became more fascinated by music. Stevie had to always make noise because he hated silence. At one point his noise developed into music (Beyer, 2002). Stevie has always known that people are sad about his blindness more than him but the reason he wasn’t sad about it is because he doesn’t really understand what it means to have the gift of sight, so he didn’t have a reason to miss it (Gulla, 2008). As a child, Stevie’s mom brought him to many doctors to see if they could bring his sight back but none were able to do so. Stevie also attended school with other blind students. But even within his group of peers, there were cliques. The problems were made worse when students who were not blind would talk about the students who were blind (Beyer, 2002). Being blind was a struggle throughout his childhood, but as he got older it began to become less of one. He went through other struggles besides being