Minimalism to Margaritaville: LD Sid Strong's theatrical tools carve out a distinctive career

Stevie Wonder may be blind, but according to Sid Strong, he is one of the most visually aware musicians a designer could hope to work with. Having spent the last three decades lighting scores of different bands, Strong knows whereof he speaks. "Stevie actually sat backstage with me and told me how he wanted songs lit--how he wanted them to feel," Strong explains. "He has a great sense of the emotion he's putting out in each song. He would give me instructions such as, 'I want this song to be

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