…on the 21st night of September. But let’s hope the love hasn’t gone once you hear the song!
Stop me before I throw in another song title, for the love of everything short, sweet, and to the point!
When I talk about my love for the David Foster Hit Man concerts (as I have a few times already – see Exhibit A, Exhibit B, and Exhibit C – if you need a reminder), you probably sense that I become a fawning fangirl mess when I watch them. In reality, I love the music, music in general, and well…did you see that Kenny Loggins performance? The fact that I haven’t been sitting here covered in tears or exploded from fawning fangirl overload is a minor miracle.
When my mom and I went to see Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire in September 2015 (yes, I’m linking to the article I wrote about that concert, because I like to shamelessly promote) we spent the night before “preparing” for it. And by “preparing,” we watched the wrong David Foster concert first, which was the one without Earth Wind and Fire performing. Not like it was a waste of 2 1/2 hours of my time, but we wound up having to spend another 2 1/2 hours watching the one they actually did perform on.
So terrible, I know, right?
The group named for the elements performed on David Foster’s Hit Man Returns concert (the 2011 sequel to “Hit Man: David Foster and Friends”). It’s basically a parade of songs you know, but didn’t know David Foster had anything to do with. And what we hear from the amazing horns and glorious voices of Ralph Johnson and Philip Bailey, as Verdine White dances (I should add that Johnson, Bailey, and White, along with the late Maurice White, were the original members of Earth Wind and Fire). If you’ve ever watched Earth Wind and Fire perform, whether it’s live or in a format such as this, you’ve probably seen Verdine dancing around. It’s what he is known for and does best, and apparently, long hair is the other thing he does best!
But don’t take my word for it, watch and listen to this amazing medley of “In the Stone” (my favorite Earth Wind and Fire song), “September” (my mom’s favorite Earth Wind and Fire song), before they finally segue into the David Foster and Bill Champlin (one of the former lead singers of Chicago) co-penned “After the Love Has Gone” (which my dad likes).
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I know these aren’t the complete songs, it doesn’t matter – these are legends and what they give you is legendarily epic. Is “legendarily” a word? I guess, since I’m not getting a “spelling suggestion” for it!
In the dual headliner concert I saw, both groups performed “In the Stone” and “September,” but it was Earth Wind and Fire alone that took the mood down so they could serenade us with “After the Love Has Gone.” You almost don’t mind this, because by the point in the concert I saw, the break was welcome, considering that we spent most of the beginning duo set and Earth Wind and Fire’s set on our feet, as we would when Chicago finally took the stage.
Besides, why have the complete song when you can have parts of songs…and this woman?
There are so many examples of crazy things white people do at concerts, but this woman…folks, this was the same concert as the Kenny Loggins performance. She’s singing to a rose, people. And the man next to her…that’s my screenshot skills for ya. He’s doing duck face. Only my screenshot skills could find that.
As David Foster says, “there’s not a person in the world that doesn’t love Earth Wind and Fire.” I want to agree with that, because it is sooo hard to not believe it. I’m such a believer, folks.
Hey, the white people in the audience dig it, shouldn’t you?
She’ll tell you.
Allison loves her music, that’s a fact. She’s a lover of the classics, and has become a fan of Earth Wind and Fire in the months since the concert she saw, and through influences like this concert (the greatest concert she didn’t go to). She also credits/blames her parents, who raised her on music like this.
If you’d like to see more of Allison’s musings and fangirl ways over things just like this (and much, much more), you can find her influence all over Retroist, as well as her blog, Allison’s Written Words. If you want her influence all over your newsfeed, you can follow her blog on Facebook, and on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.
The article, like the song, is now written in the stone.