Spending Sunday Morning With EWF (Sunday Song Series)

Throughout Earth, Wind & Fire’s legendary recording / performing history, this band with Chicago roots, founded by Maurice White back in 1969, has managed to consistently keep their sound innovative via the unflinching exploration of a vast array of musical genres… R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin, and Afro pop.

Even were a DJ to cut off her/his talkover microphone to spin their songs, unannounced, it’d be this ensemble’s melodious, layered vocal arrangements and horn section’s charismatic, captivating, driving force that’d readily identify them as EWF.

The following links tell the backstory to our above clip’s selection, Sunday Morning, and the Millennium album on which it originally appeared… the Wikipedia excerpt, below affords us a small glimpse into EWF’s accomplishments…

“The band has won six Grammys from their 17 nominations and four American Music Awards out of 12 nominations. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame, and Hollywood’s Rockwalk, in addition to receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With sales of over 90 million records, they are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. The band has also received an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award, BET Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Soul Train Legend Award, as well as a NARAS Signature Governor’s Award, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Congressional Horizon Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2019.” read more here

Or, to sum up their credentials in one word… WOW!

In the event that earwitnessing this Week #93 edition of our Sunday Song Series has wowed you, even in some small way, why not c’mon back to check out our next Sunday titled song? That’ll hit the www seven days from now…

Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3 Minute Instrumental ~ Vid of the Day

Back in the day when Top 40 a.m. radio stations… such as Windsor, Ontario’s CKLW… ruled supreme over popular music of the 1960s, it was child’s play for the listener to zone out on the the 3 minute instrumental… such as Vince Guaraldi’s Cast Your Fate to the Wind… to envision imagery in the theater of the mind… such as what we see in our Vid of the Day.

I’d be remiss not to Cast my Kudos to the Wind to YouTube videographer JamesTJordan1 for so adeptly capturing the wind… and with a montage of still photos, no less! Kinda makes you want to revisit your younger days… to gleefully rush outside to fly a kite, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Memory Of Gregg Allman

 

As stated on his official website… on Saturday, May 27, 2017, musician Gregg Allman, age 69, “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.”

In 1969, Gregg and (brother) Duane Allman, along with Dicky Betts, Berry Oakley, Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson and Butch Trucks had co-founded the Allman Brothers Band.

This ensemble’s unique sound had boasted a tasty blend of southern rock, blues, jazz and country music… the two main songwriters being G. Allman and Betts. And oh what amazing songs they had written! “Revival”, “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”, “Melissa” and “Midnight Rider” are just a few that instantly come to mind… that last listed tune featuring a lyrical sentiment, which every dedicated, touring musician can identify with…

“And the road goes on forever.”

Tragically, during the band’s early history, death had been no stranger to these men. Motorcycle accidents in 1971 and 1972 had claimed, respectively, the lives of both Gregg’s brother and Oakley.

Fast forwarding to the present, I spent the better part of yesterday, Sunday, giving a listen to the ABB’s considerable and durable discography, which could only confirm what I’ve known all along…

It matters not if you’re tracking through their toe tapping rock, a ballad of love lost or anything in between… these songs still sound as fresh and invigorating today as they had on their original release dates.

I also played back “Laid Back” Gregg’s 1973 solo album featuring the disc finale… his interpretation of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?”… the 1907 Christian hymn originally penned by Ada R. Habershon and set to music by Charles H. Gabriel.

“Circle” having since lapsed into public domain, there has been no shortage of lyrical revisions… now inclusive of mine… which, of course is in memory of Gregg Allman…

 

Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

 

I was standing by my window,

On one cold and cloudy day.

When I saw that, hearse come rolling,

For to carry our brother away.

 

Chorus… Will the circle be unbroken?

By and by, Lord, by and by.

There’s a better, home a-waiting,

In the sky, Lord, in the sky.

 

I said to that undertaker,

Undertaker, please drive slow.

For this body, you are carrying.

Lord, I hate to see him go.

 

Chorus…

 

Oh, I followed, close behind him,

Tried to hold up, and be brave.

But I could not, hide my sorrow,

When they laid him in the grave.

 

Chorus…

 

I went back home, our world was lonesome,

Missed our brother, Gregg was gone.

Fans, friends, family, were all crying,

What a home so sad and lone.

 

Chorus…

 

We sang songs of, five past decades,

Rock and blues that made us strong.

Ones that brothers Gregg, Duane taught us,

Hear the angels sing along.

 

Chorus… Will the circle be unbroken

By and by, Lord, by and by.

There’s a better, home a-waiting,

In the sky, Lord, in the sky.

 

Perhaps our sorrow can lift just a bit? After all, in all likelihood, for Gregg Allman, “the road goes on forever” in the realm better known as eternity… he’s now reunited with loved ones and band mates who preceded him and… for we, who survive him… his vast, impressive body of work still lives on.

My outward bound, heartfelt condolences go to the family, friends and fans of Gregg Allman.