What made "Earth, Wind, and Fire" one of (if not the best) R&B/Funk bands of all time?
The founder of EWF, Maurice White, passed away yesterday. What a loss of a genius music maker. What was it about him and the band that made them so awesome? What are your favorite songs?
Not only was the band tight musically and vocally talented they also were one of the first bands to espouse mysticism or spiritual appeal in R&B music. There was something "deeper" about their message.
Even the name Earth, Wind, & Fire is a reference to the elements.
During the 70s and 80s their live shows consisted of sophisticated staging which included having band members fly or be suspended above the crowd. They knew how to grove us with up tempo music such as "Boogie Wonderland" or slow it down with "All About Love" as well as infuse romance with "Devotion" and "Reasons".
The era of R&B/Funk groups is gone.
Today everyone is a solo artist.
E, W and F was an innovative band, full of spirituality and musicianship. After their first hit, “Evil” their music crossed over more than any other R&B/Soul band. With that song, they started the long-playing versions of songs on albums and then soon to long playing singles. They had staying power because their music was so versatile. Maurice had a direction that he wanted the band to stay on and it worked. He committed the band to their own style featuring outstanding horns and horn arrangements that Pop star, Phil Collins and former band, Genesis often used. Being a songwriter and session drummer myself, I often played and recorded in the same studio as they did. In fact, I borrowed one of the saxophone horn players for a tune that I co-wrote and featured here, in one of my hubs, on a song by The Dells. Thank you Jan.
E, W, and F were beautiful. They appealed to all audiences with their lyrics and personally I sang many of their songs. It built a curiosity about life's general philosophical mining(s). They appeared many times on national television with their music so we had more of a personal relationship with them as a group. I loved Earth, Wind, and Fire's music.
Yes, they were (are) beautiful. I was crazy about Verdeen White and his amazing energy as he played that guitar. I've seen them in concert 3 times. Their concerts were unmatched, complete with magic acts. Thanks for participating in the remembrances.
Their music was simply stratospheric into infinity. Their music combined funk, jazz, r&b, & new age. Their music takes one into the higher realms of spirituality & consciousness. Their music was beyond superb. They know how to make music which crosses & blends all genres which I have described.
Maurice White was the genius behind Earth, Wind, & Fire. When I heard of his death, I was shocked. Well, all the great ones are going....going. Mr. White will be missed. This group was one of a kind. I have been a fan of Earth, Wind & Fire since my late teens.
My favorite songs are:
(1) Mighty Mighty
(2) Let's Groove Tonight
(3) Boogie Wonderland
(4) Side by Side
(5) Sun Goddess(w/Ramsey Lewis)-LOVE THIS SONG, SENDS ME TO DEEPEST SPACE
(6) Serpentine Fire
(8) System of Survival
(11) Lady Sun
(13) Can't Hide Love
(14) In The Stone
(15) After The Love Has Gone
Thank you Grace, for this wonderful tribute. You speak truth as to the level of their music and the impact it had on our souls and consciousness. So many favorites: "In the Stone," "Wait," "That's the Way of the World," "Fantasy," and "Reasons."
by 910chris 6 years ago
This is a question that I have been asked many times. I say the answer has a lot to do with the band itself. Like with a lot of things, every band is different. I would like to ask what are your viewpoints and answers to this question.
by Angel709 7 years ago
Earth, Wind, Fire, Water--if you were one of those elements which would you be and why?I absolutely love water. I love what it does inside and outside the body. It can be peaceful and serene, or powerful and tumultuous. It is energy, it gives life, and it flows. It has many forms all...
by TheHeavyReview 6 years ago
Do you even remember when you first heard them? What was your reaction?There are several bands I now love that I thought less highly of when I first heard their music. However, there are also many bands that I immediately fell in love with upon hearing their work.What about all of you?
by lilmissbookworm 7 years ago
What is your favourite band and why?
by rob_allen 6 years ago
What are your favorite bands?
by Tim 9 years ago
And I'm not talking your run-of-the-mill top 40 cover band or the same-old-shitty sound bands. I'm talking legitimate unique bands, especially one like mine where we blend folk music with modern acoustic rock...it just doesn't exist in America, certainly not in SC. Why then is it so rough to make...
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