“Do You Remember… the 21st night of September?”

Interestingly, songwriters also use placeholder text when they reach something they need to work on: research, refine, or develop. In my own (not client’s) fiction and nonfiction project rough drafts, I use “XXXX” (so I can globally search and highlight to come back to it) and keep the writing flow going. But that’s not as snappy as “ba-dee-ya.” The band’s leader, Maurice White, kept that placeholder bit and told the songwriter: “Never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.”

Earth, Wind, and Fire's Maurice White and Philip Bailey performing in 1982 at the Ahoy Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Read a great article at NPR about the song: The Song That Never Ends: Why Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September’ Sustains

Image: Earth, Wind, and Fire’s Maurice White and Philip Bailey performing in 1982 at the Ahoy Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Keep your groove going…

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