Taylor Swift dropped a cover of Earth Wind & Fire’s classic “September” last month and now one of the track’s songwriters is speaking out about Swift’s rendition.
“On the same day things happened in Syria, the FBI broke into Michael Cohen’s office … the worst thing that happened as far as the Internet was concerned on this 449th day of all of our brains feeling like they’ve been hurled back and forth like squash balls, the top-trending topic on Twitter was the Taylor Swift cut of ‘September,’” Allee Willis, who co-wrote the track with Earth Wind & Fire founding members Maurice White and Al McKay, said during a Detroit performance Friday.
“I didn’t really think she did a horrible job,” Willis, 70, continued. “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. 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.”
Willis previously complimented Swift’s cover, calling the 28-year-old country crossover “the absolute cherry on top of a very soulful and happy sundae,” but revealed that she gave her stamp of approval before actually hearing the song, at which point she rescinded her kind words.
“I was thrilled Taylor Swift cut ‘September.’ I’m imagining she’s going to give it a kind of jagged, ‘Shake It Off’ kind of feel and it’s gonna be great. So I got to sleep happy and excited, but by the time I wake up — on Friday the 13th, I might add — the Internet was already a 28-alarm fire.”
Willis took particular issue with Swift’s choice to change a lyric from “21st night of September” to “28th night of September.”
“Everyone has a right to do with a song what they please, so go on with your own bad self, Taylor Swift. 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 … and that you changed the sacred ‘ba-de-ya’ to the more Caucasian ‘ah-ah-ah’ and make it sound more like a field of daffodils than a Soul Train line.”
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