‘Never let the lyric get in the way of the groove,’ Allee Willis on songwriting

The D

Take a listen to this. Allee Willis was interviewed on NPR about “September,” the catchy hit song she wrote for Earth, Wind & Fire.

My favorite line, “Never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.”

The story of the song begins in 1978. Allee Willis was a struggling songwriter in LA — until the night she got a call from Maurice White, the leader of Earth, Wind & Fire. White offered her the chance of a lifetime: to co-write the band’s next album. Willis arrived at the studio the next day hoping it wasn’t some kind of cosmic joke.

“As I open the door, they had just written the intro to ‘September.’ And I just thought, ‘Dear God, let this be what they want me to write!’ Cause it was obviously the happiest-sounding song in the world,” Willis says.

Love it!

Allee will be performing a “greatest hits sing-along concert” in Detroit, Michigan on, you guessed it, the 21st night (well, late afternoon) of September. If you are in Detroit, you’d be an idiot to not attend. This is history in the making! The event is a fundraiser for “The D,” her big film project. Tickets are available now.