Earth, Wind and Fire Co-Writer Comments On Taylor Swift’s “September” Performance
Allee Willis, a co-writer and contributor to Earth, Wind and Fire’s legendary “September” song, had an honest response to Taylor Swift’s god-awful cover.
Taylor Swift might be considered a legend on the other side of the musical street, but after her blandless cover of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s 1978 hit “September,” she has been discovered to have a chink in her infallible armor. If you were like us then you were understandably upset to see this flavorless attempt at updated such a classic record. For co-writer Allee Willis, she had decided to fall into the “stamp of approval” category, saying, “‘September’ was my first hit and favorite song of mine I ever have had the joy of being a part of.” Willis even went so far to tell Billboard that after Swift’s version was released that the singer-songwriter was “the absolute cherry on top of a very soulful and happy sundae.”
It seems that that was pure bollocks, as Willis was simply sugar coating. During a Friday night performance in Detroit, Willis told the audience a more honest response. She had only heard the singer’s cover hours before it had dropped for the masses, and her manager had asked her to release a favorable statement on the track. She obliged. “On the same day things happened in Syria, the FBI broke into Michael Cohen’s office… the worst thing that happened as far as the internet was concerned on this 449th day of all our brains feeling like they’ve been hurled back and forth like squash balls, the top-trending topic on Twitter was the Taylor Swift cut of ‘September,’” said Willis, who wrote the original track alongside the late Maurice White and Al McKay.
“I didn’t really think she did a horrible job. Yes, I felt it was as lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium, and I thought it had all the build of a one-story motel, but, I mean, the girl didn’t kill anybody. She didn’t run over your foot. She just cut a very calm and somewhat boring take of one of the peppiest, happiest, and most popular songs in history.”