It’s not everyday the legendary Earth Wind & Fire drops a new album, full of new hits in classic EWF fashion.
And it’s not everyday they debut this new album, Now Then and Forever, on a live television special for HSN in Las Vegas.
But it may only be one day in my lifetime when I somehow managed to land a gig as the talent wrangler for that show.
I mean, it’s not my ‘normal’ job (I know- let’s all laugh at my choice of words) but how could I say no to EARTH WIND & FIRE?
Quite possibly the most nerve-wracking and exciting twelve hours of my life, I spent last Friday hanging with the lead band members and their special guest, 16 time Grammy award winner, David Foster.
I’d expected to walk away from this experience exhausted and exhilarated. And the concert was every bit as memorable as anticipated. They brought the house DOWN.
But I didn’t expect to walk away with pieces of advice hand delivered from the legends themselves. And since I thought it was just THE COOLEST THING EVER to get advice from guys who’ve sold over 90 million records, I thought I’d share that advice with you. After all, can’t we all learn something from guys who’ve been together for over 40 years? :)
Verdine White- Always Dress For The Occasion
Walking Verdine White back to the press red carpet event, I commented on his slick red suede loafers. The security guard then asked if that’s what he planned on wearing them for the show. Verdine looked at him like he was crazy. “No man,” he said in his articulate manner. “These are my red carpet clothes. Earlier I had on my rehearsal clothes and tonight I will have my performance clothes.” As we got in the elevator, he turned to me and said pointedly, “You always have to dress for the occasion.”
I wouldn’t normally take my fashion advice from a bassist. But you’ve seen how he dresses. So dress for the occasion shall I.
Ralph Johnson- Take the Time to Let the Energy Build
Ralph asked me if I’d ever seen them perform live before. When I hesitantly said no, he smiled. “Well you’ll like it. We’re just building now. As the day goes on, with each rehearsal, we’ll get more energy. Just wait for show time.”
“Well, if it’s going to be anything like the dress rehearsal, you guys are going to kill it.” I said.
“It will be better.” He promised. “But you’ve got to let the energy build.”
David Foster- Good is The Enemy of Great
After his phenomenal guest performance and accompaniment to After The Love is Gone, I walked David and his wife out to their car with the fellow talent wrangler. As we were about to leave, he stopped us. “Girls, you’ve both been really great. And since you both seem so driven, I just have a piece of advice I want to share with you.” He paused for a moment, then continued. “Always remember that ‘good’ is the enemy of ‘great’. Nothing phenomenal was ever accomplished when the goal was to be ‘good’. Please never forget that. Good is the enemy of great. Go for great.”
Coming from a SIXTEEN TIME Grammy award winner, I feel he should know about greatness. Also, I feel like if I don’t remember this, he will somehow know.
And as if THAT wasn’t enough, the next day I get this:
I believe I’M the one who should be thanking them. I mean, it’s not everyday you get advice from musical geniuses. And I will not soon forget it.
Thank you, Earth Wind & Fire and David Foster.
But now I have to go frame this Earth Wind & Fire tweet. That’s considered acceptable, right?