Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Taylor Swift’s Cover of EW&F’s ‘September’ Brutally Criticized by Co-Writer

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Recording artist Taylor Swift poses in the press room during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Recording artist Taylor Swift poses in the press room during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

*Taylor Swift’s cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s classic hit “September” was already poorly received by just about everybody – and now we can add one of the song’s co-writers to the chorus of disappointed listeners – and that’s putting it nicely.

Allee Willis, who co-wrote the 1978 upbeat classic with EW&F’s Maurice White and Al McKay, shared her thoughts on Taylor’s rendition Friday during a show in Detroit.

“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,” Willis said.

“She didn’t run over your foot. She just cut a very calm and somewhat boring take of one of the peppiest, happiest, most popular songs in history,” she continued.

Willis wrapped with a personal message to Taylor. “I’m honored you’d choose to do my song and that it meant enough to you that you wanted to personalize it to the goddamn 28th night of September, that you wanted to cover it with banjo,” she said.

Taylor released her acoustic version of “September” last month on Spotify. For the record, the band’s lead singer, Philip Bailey, praised Taylor’s rendition. Watch below:

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