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Throwbacks: “September” by rmwreski
April 12, 2009, 9:11 pm
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Do you remember….” that at one time Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) put out the funkiest grooves around? They were the group to listen to if you wanted to dance all night to a pop/funk/r &b sound. EWF has had over 29 members, over 50 gold and platinum records, and is one of the top-selling bands of all time. They’ve had over three decades of experience to create that “just gotta dance” feel to their music, but long gone are the days of squealing saxophones, nine-piece bands, and the disco sound.

Ever since disco died, it seems like EWF has been quarantined to oldies-but-goodies stations and our parent’s memories of a funkier day. EWF needs to be broken out of its cage to bring their sound back to clubs, house parties, and dorm rooms. You can’t get in the party mood without “September,” a top ten selling track off of EWF’s 1978 album, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vo. 1. “September” displays EWF’s  killer horn section. You can sing along better with the trumpet section than with vocalist Philip Bailey. But listening to Bailey sing reveals an amazing range, from the soulful beginning of the song when he asks if we “remember the 21st night of September” to the improvisation he gives at the end.

“September” came out at the height of disco mania, but EWF never left their funk roots behind. The base and horn sections of EWF showcase this sound in many of their ’70s songs, including “September.”

So: go back and listen to “September.” If you don’t remember the words, at least sing the “ba de ya’s” in the chorus and dance. And wait for a more funky sound to come back today.  

-Becky Wreski   


Easily one of my favorite songs.

Comment by Alison Baitz

So proud of you!

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