Maurice White (1941-2016)

Earth, Wind, & Fire was one of those quintessential bands that shaped my adolescence although I was coming along “20 years too late”. Funk hits like “Shining Star”, “September”, and “Let’s Groove” helped me come  out of my shell as a teenager, imbuing me with a sense of “coolness” that comes from simply enjoying the rhythm of life and the cosmos. EWF also–along with swing revival and third-wave ska acts that were reaching stratospheric levels of popularity in the mid-late 90s–kept my love of instrumental music alive while my instructors were seemingly determined to kill everything I enjoyed about playing a brass horn.

And then, there’s this:

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