I don’t even know how to start talking about Verdine White, one of the only two non-Detroiter/Michigan people on the record. There certainly would be no Allee Willis, at least in the form I exist today, without him. He discovered me, giving me the break of a lifetime, leading me right into the path of “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and all that was Earth, Wind & Fire. What more could a starving songwriter who was living on food stamps and medical assistance ask for??! In addition to being my favorite bass player of all time it was a no-brainer that I bend the “Detroit only” rule and have Verdine slap the bass on “The D”.