I know this likely won’t go well with some of our readership, but sometimes I feel sorry for white folks who cover black music I mean, they simply can’t win. I understand how Taylor Swift may have believed that she was paying homage to Earth, Wind & Fire when she covered their hit classic “September”, which is a great summertime jam, but someone should have warned her against performing it.
The song’s co-writer Alle Willis told Billboard how he really felt, and one gets the feeling Alle was actually trying not to be harsh. In fact, her publisher advised that she release a complimentary statement of Swift’s version. However, that part of the mission was clearly aborted.
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“I thought it had all the build of a one-story motel, but, I mean, the girl didn’t kill anybody,” co-writer Allee Willis said. “She didn’t run over your foot.”
“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,'” Willis said Friday night (May 18) during performance at the City Theatre in her hometown of 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. 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.”