Happy Earth, Wind & Fire Day!!! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for this day all doggone month! It’s September 21st, the day we actually commemorate the greatest song ever made by the greatest musical mind who created and led the greatest band ever!
I can’t begin to tell you how much I miss Maurice White, my musical father, but in this moment, I won’t lament. I will present! So welcome to Day 1 of 3 of the Earth, Wind & Fire Music Mix. Volume 1 is appropriately titled, “Earth”. For the record (no pun intended) I used to make 90-minute cassette tapes for people, one for each element.
If you are a friend of mine or casually know me through our mutual love for the elements, you know that I’ve been into them deep, going back to, not their first album, but their first release back in 1969 as the group Salty Peppers.
I was told that when my Cousin John bought this 45 (record) and first played it on the Hi-Fi (record player – lol – gotta translate for you young’uns), little 2-year-old me started dancing around the living room, quickly catching on to the happy lyrics “La-la-la-la-LAH-la-la”. The song was called “La La Time”. Somewhere along the way, he lost the record and never replaced it. By the time he brought it to my attention, almost 10 years later, I was deep into their new crew (EWF) with no clue about a song I didn’t seem to remember. My curiosity eventually became an obsession for something that was out of print (remember, we didn’t have the technology to search for music and groups as people do today) and otherwise unavailable. I spent hours and I mean HOURS, sitting on the floors of used record stores, going through each record, emptying every sleeve, just in case the record had been inadvertently bunched in the same sleeve as another. It wasn’t until the days of Napster that I finally found it and you know what? The moment they started singing, it all came flooding back to me!
Anyway, although I figured you all might have enjoyed that tale, I know that’s not why you’re here.
Let’s get into Vol. 1 – Earth. This mix is comprised of the more “down to earth”, mid-tempo (ok, this time, pun intended) tunes that should ground you with some cool grooves. Many, you should know, some you won’t. I will NOT start it off with September because once you listen to this mix, you’ll know where it will end up. Besides, I’m already playing it on my FB page.
However, since it IS EWF Day, I’ll make it available here. So go ahead, click below and let it flow!
Ok, now that you’re feeling that love, let’s get this party started!
Soundcloud has been acting funny lately with WordPress, so click here for the mix, just in case the link below fails to play. And be sure to sign up at the bottom for email notification of Volumes 2 (“Wind” the ballads) and 3 (“Fire” the JAMS)! You definitely want to be an email follower because there’s something special for my crew that will NOT be announced on social media.
Finally, don’t dawdle. These mixes are only up for a limited time.