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The Songwriter Who Wrote Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" Hates Taylor Swift's Cover

May 21, 2018

Taylor Swift recently recorded an acoustic cover of "September" by EARTH, WIND & FIRE, and the original songwriter is NOT a fan. Her name is Allee Willis, and she co-wrote the song with Maurice White and Al McKay from Earth, Wind & Fire. She reportedly said, quote, "I didn't really think she did a horrible job.  Yes, I felt it was as lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium, and I thought it had all the build of a one-story motel, but, I mean, the girl didn't kill anybody."  (???)

She added, quote, "She didn't run over your foot.  She just cut a very calm and somewhat boring take of one of the peppiest, happiest, and most popular songs in history." And Allee isn't just a random songwriter.  She wrote "I'll Be There for You", the theme from "Friends" . . . and she co-wrote the musical "The Color Purple".  She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this year.

(Here's Taylor's version, and here's the original.)