I suppose this is a song that gets played a lot in September (and we're nearly there...or there...depending on when you're reading this). I can't stay up till midnight to post this so it may just reach you in August. And it's funny to be a person who goes to bed so early now...I used to get up at midnight in the old days! Anyway, here it is. It's not very subtle.
Back in 1978 I loved the band Earth, Wind and Fire with a passion. I was 12 and had this album
and listened to it over and over again. This was before their other huge hit 'Boogie Wonderland' came out (and that one crops up in some odd places now...those pesky penguin dancers in 'Happy Feet' for a start) and I never liked that one (or indeed anything they did after 1978) quite as much as all the fine stuff on 'Vol 1'. Disco has kind of a bad name these days but like any genre there is some excellent music in there and certainly some of my early loves were disco-funk all the way. Some of you will know that I have a poem that references Sister Sledge (my first postcard in fact) but probably not so many of you will have read a prose piece I wrote about a record by the band Chic for writer Laura Hird's website back here.
As well as the bass and the production and the vocals a lot of what attracted me to good disco records was the accent on hedonism and dancing and just having the best time ever (at least once a week...if not more often). I am (and always have been) a good-time girl (at least half of the time anyway...the other half I'm miserable as sin...) and I haven't given it all up entirely either - just this Saturday I was out dancing the evening away, for example. OK, it was wild, random ceilidh dancing this time (to this band) but it's all part of the same thing...the beat goes on...and a' that. And the more I learn about the miseries of the world the more I know how important it is to hear that beat sometimes and dance to it when you can (and in time if you can manage it but I'm not that fussy). You might remember I have a dancing poem (that's here) but to finish this thought, here's another Earth, Wind & Fire track called 'Saturday Nite' (and yes, you do have to spell it like that – it's official disco spelling...and if you don't do it right the 1970s fairies will come to haunt you...very noisy fairies...platform shoes...). Here it is:
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