It’s impossible not to love “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire. It is the epitome of happy music that makes you want to dance.
But what I also like about “September” is the story behind the song.
It was co-written by the late Allee Willis, a struggling songwriter who got a call from EW&F’s leader, Maurice White.
Inspired by an opening guitar riff by Al McKay, Willis and White spent a month writing the song…and the rest is history.
Personally, I love the stories behind the story.
It’s the origin story of how an entrepreneur stumbled upon a great idea.
It’s the story about how an unknown product caught fire after someone with an audience accidentally discovered it.
It’s stories about how a small marketing experiment turned into a viral sensation.
Lesson: Discover and tell your backstories. They deliver the drama, surprises and endings that people love.
Listen: NPR’s interview with Allee Willis about September’s creation.
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