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Ebony and Ivory

The black and white keys upon a piano make it so that people can play a melody. In order to make a song sound like its supposed to you have to learn how to play these keys together. By understanding how the piano could be used to create music Paul McCartney produced one of his greatest hits in the period after The Beatles – the song “Ebony and Ivory”. He recorded it as a duet with Stevie Wonder and in 1982 the song rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for a whole seven weeks.

For many years before this McCartney had been a fan of Wonder. On his album with Wings Red Rose Speedway in 1973, he included a message in Braille on the back for Wonder saying “We love you”. In the 1970s Wonder came out with songs that expressed a strong social consciousness so it is no wonder he was willing to record this song with McCartney. The song refers to the ebony or black keys and the white keys on the piano being side by side but actually deals with integration and racial harmony on a much deeper level.

I think it is so important especially these days to find a way that people no matter what race they are could live with one another in harmony.

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