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"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire

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Ba de yah! Say that you remember! Ba de yah! Dancing in September! Ba de yah! Musical analysiiiis!

It's finally time for Strong Songs to take on one of the strongest bands of all, the great Earth, Wind & Fire. In honor of September 21, Kirk does a deep dive on EWF's timeless tribute to the end of summertime - those layered grooves, those funky bass parts, and those glossy, effortless vocals.

Written by: Maurice White, Al McKay & Alee Willis
Produced by: Maurice White

Album: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1, 1978

Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify

FEATURED/DISCUSSED:

  • “Shining Star” and “Way of the World” by Earth, Wind and Fire from That’s The Way of the World, 1975
  • “Serpentine Fire” by Earth, Wind and Fire from All N’ All, 1977
  • “In The Stone” by EWF from I Am, 1979
  • “Easy Lover” by Phillip Bailey, Phil Collins and Nathan East, 1990
  • “Neutron Dance” by Alee Willis performed by the Pointer Sisters on Break Out, 1984
  • “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang, 1980
  • “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973

OUTRO SOLOIST: Erik Elligers

Erik is a Connecticut-based multi-instrumentalist and music educator. He plays saxophone with the New London Big Band and sings and plays guitar for the fabulous band Goodnight Blue Moon - check them out, you won't regret it: https://www.goodnightbluemoon.com/

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