Do you know what today is? No, it’s not my anniversary, as Tony!Toni!Toné! once answered. If you were to say that it is Wednesday, or Hump Day, I’d give you some credit for those answers. After all, you would be correct, but it isn’t the answer I’m looking for.
Take a look at the calendar, or if you are on a computer or smartphone, find where the date and time are. Do you see what today is?
If you have any sense of pop history, you know there’s only one song (or at least the only one I know of), that references this date. Shoot, it happens in the opening line.
Do you remember…the 21st night of September…
That’s right. Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” is the Morning Groove for today.
This was way too easy, and yet, before it hit me to feature it, I didn’t even have a song chosen. What happened was I was listening yesterday to the radio in the office during the Classic Lunch hour when the DJ played the song. My first thought was, she should have played it today, especially since the lyric features the date. Then the light bulb turned on and I realized that the twenty-first of the month was today. Eureka!
Now if you want to get technical about it, perhaps I should feature this post tonight, rather than in the morning. But you know what? My house, my rules. I feature songs in the morning, or at least it’s morning on the east coast of the United States. At any rate, this was the obvious choice. Don’t ask if I’ll do this again next year; I don’t even know what will be posting next week, let alone this time next year.
So, Earth, Wind & Fire. My favorite band growing up. I’ve featured them several times here. Back when Flashback Friday was in vogue, I did a post on “Let’s Groove,” one of their signature songs. Just a few weeks after I wrote that post, the band’s founder, Maurice White, passed away. I took that one very hard, and my feelings poured out in this post. Fast forward a couple months after that, I went to see what is now Earth, Wind & Fire in concert with the band Chicago, and I wrote about that here. Finally, I featured the group’s album, Spirit, as one of those that had an impact on my life.
Yesterday, I mentioned that I was on some kind of signature song kick. Earth, Wind & Fire had several signature songs. I just referenced one of them in the last paragraph. I would venture to say that this tune is another one of those. But I’ll ask you: when you think of Earth, Wind & Fire, if you are a fan, what song or songs do you think of as signature songs? Drop a video, write about it, let me know in the comments.
Now, I’m going to enjoy hearing this song today; those horns and that familiar melody carrying me to a place in time when life was more carefree. When I thrilled to anything Earth, Wind & Fire, like many others in that time and place. Thanks for reading and listening, and putting up with yet another Earth, Wind & Fire post.