A meeting of the hair and minds!

March 26, 2019

A meeting of the hair and minds! Writing lyrics here in LA to the four songs Ben Jaffe, mighty leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and I started in New Orleans a few months ago. Four songs in two days, working around the inspiring and constant banging and screwing sounds (in the construction sense of the words) of the workmen right underneath the studio mounting my new air conditioning system to the ceiling. Plus the dulcet harmonies of the portable air conditioners in the room while it’s installed. And then there are the planes from the Burbank airport. A cacophony of sound floating in, out, around, and above Willis Wonderland. But we have our hair! BTW, I’m writing on my phone, not taking time to text. And please notice we are wearing four different colors of shoes.

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The Library of Congress today named “September” added to the National Recording Registry!

March 20, 2019

Elated to announce that The Library of Congress today named my very first hit, “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire, and 24 other recordings that are to be added to the National Recording Registry! These songs are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage”. Other titles I‘m most proud “September” is among include Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly,” Ritchie Valen’s “La Bamba.” Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam,” the musical “Hair”; Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher,” Robert F. Kennedy’s Speech on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., plus LPs like JAY-Z’s “The Blueprint,” and Cyndi Lauper‘s “She’s So Unusual”. Love you forever, my co-writers, Maurice White and Al McKay!

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Great time popping out some demos for Patti LaBelle

March 14, 2019

Great time popping out some demos for Patti LaBelle, who was the first artist to regularly sing my songs in 1978. Had she not started me off like that I’m sure it would have been a much longer road to Earth, Wind & Fire. She also put me in the studio with her friend whose name she didn’t tell me but thought I would make an excellent collaborator for. We were almost two hours into writing before I realized it was Herbie Hancock! Anyway, I had a ball recording Patti demos last Sunday night with (L-R) Jordn George, Andrae Alexander, and Drew L Green.

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