Howdy! It’s Saturday September 26 2020 and we are nearing the end of September…hmmm isn’t that the end of the song…I need music this morning…maybe you do as well…press play
Oh my, the Universe just sent me this gem, I always look up the story, if there is a story, behind the songs I post and if there is an interesting factoid I generally will share it. So, I have been trying to learn many new things before I can’t. One of them being guitar so I can write music for some lyrics that I have written. Anyhow, I looked up the stats on the song September by Earth, Wind and Fire and this little gem was written about the song writing of it and and the exchange between Maurice White and Allee Willis, the songwriters.
Using a chord progression written by Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist Al McKay, vocalist Maurice White and songwriter Allee Willis wrote the song over one month. Willis was initially bothered by the gibberish “ba-dee-ya” lyric White used through the song, and begged him to rewrite it: “I just said, ‘What the fuck does ‘ba-dee-ya’ mean?’ And he essentially said, ‘Who the fuck cares?’ I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him, which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.” The song was included on the band’s first compilation – Credit Wikipedia
NEVER LET THE LYRIC GET IN THE WAY OF THE GROOVE – Allee Willis
(If I would have known about her back then, she would have been probably my first girl-crush!)
So, I guess today, I am getting a bit of a history lesson. Allee Willis (Alta Sherral Willis (November 10, 1947 – December 24, 2019) born in Detroit, Michigan was female and Jewish. She lost her mother in her youth. Her father did not approve of her hanging out in front of Motown Records to listen to music coming out of it’s walls. She grew up to write many Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards songs. Wow! I am going to google the stuff out of her history. Again, thank you Universe for showing me these amazing and talented women. She died December 24, 2019 and is survived by her partner Prudence Fenton. Please, someone make a documentary about this amazing woman!!!
I was around 8 years old when this song was popular and Earth, Wind and Fire was a constant on the airwaves. The year was 78ish. Funny but I am listening to this and dancing as I am typing, singing the chorus, “And we say…Ba de ya, Dancing in September…” Think I need to listen to that again on 10 and dance behind my chair, sorry neighbors! I just looked up the year and see that 1978 was an election year and Jimmy Carter won that year. I now think Mr. Carter is a genius and humanitarian! The mudslinging affected my eight year old mind as we had just got a TV for our kitchen and now enjoyed watching our favorite sitcoms while we ate our nightly meals. Also, our house size had just shrunk by a few bodies as my sisters were growing older and moving out. The 70’s and all that colorful music and politics.
In order to break away from current events and such I spent more time working on other things like art and repurposing old picture frames. Honestly, I needed a break from the world and this is what I do. Our place is starting to resemble a rainbow.
My kids and I used to troll the neighborhoods on trash day looking for treasures. Okay, I was looking for home furnishings. Having young boys is rough on just about everything but especially chairs. I never used law-away properly or I could have easily afforded new and stronger stuff but always seemed to buy cheap furniture that I would have to supplement with articles that I would find on the side of the road. Chairs were always a big score. One time I got this cool spice rack that came with an attached pair of handcuffs, really. Anyhow, one morning, Hubby and I were out walking Jenny and I spotted that frame above and squealed with excitement when I saw it. That was about 2 years ago. It sat in our garage in a different color till I could figure out what I wanted to do with it. I had originally wanted to use it in it’s original state as a prop for a photoshoot.
I had Hubby take a few shots of me as I was trying to work out a shoot idea that I had in my head but opted out as the frame had many splinters.
I love playing with shadows and texture. So anyhow I got tired of it sitting in the garage and made that picture organizer out of it. Also, I took apart a picture I bought at the thrift store. Yeah, I have a guilty pleasure, I like to go and buy used photo frames from thrift stores and repurpose them. Besides, I have scored some decent stuff from Pottery Barn and and places I could never afford even from the clearance section. Speaking of thrift shopping. Many of those charitable shops are open and waiting for you to get your creative juices flowing and to help them out. That dress I am wearing in the photo I got at an Angel View thrift store a few years ago for a few bucks. I hear Martha’s Village and Kitchen Thrift Store in Indio has a fabulous thrift store and they surely could use the traffic and business.
The above attempt at art I did yesterday. I took apart a frame I bought at a thrift store, flipped the reproduced image over and glued it to the cardboard backing and then after it dried, I painted and painted and repainted. That is the third of fourth coat of paint, really. I tried recovering my first attempt at abstract art and tried to make some sort of flowers. I plan on using it as a back drop, well, a mini back drop.
Also, I made wind chimes. I get many wild ideas during my wake and bake ‘seshes. I was putting the little weed containers in a box when I heard that clinking and thought, “Sounds like a wind chime.” So, I have a glass cutter and I already had a bottle top that had been cut and waiting to be used for something, anything. The wind chime above is a work in progress but I am sure the finished product will work better as that one gets too tangled in the wind. I also made more candle holders like the one below.
Well, I guess it is time to start working on some new things. The sun should be coming up soon and I hope to be out side with Jenny as it peeks above the trees.
To dear reader, thank you for the visit. May you weekend be filled with good stuff and surprises. Smiles.