Early Thursday morning, Taylor Swift posted a teaser on her Instagram, with an caption that said she would be releasing a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 hit “September.” The cover song will be as contribution to the Spotify Singles series, which has previously hosted other pop stars covering classics from previous generations–Miley Cyrus covered Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” Demi Lovato performed a version of Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way,” Arcade Fire gave their own rendition of John Lennon’s “Mind Games,” and so on.
My @Spotify Singles of "Delicate" and my cover of "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire come out tomorrow! 😁
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Why Swift chose “September” is mind-boggling as she has no connection to the ’70s R&B/soul/disco/funk crossover sound at all. Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music before melding with pop to become an international superstar. Swift replaces the big vibrant sound with a slowed down banjo laced country feel that totally disrespect's the songs intention.
Songwriters Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis wanted it uptempo and danceable while still contemplative and romantic, The vocal range is off the charts falsetto high and whether Swift has the range to pull it off is your decision. Still, the fact is some classics should never be touched and this is a clear example why.
Taylor, we see you for trying but Spotify you have just got to do better. Can someone get Sam Smith or Usher on the phone?