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Morning Song – That’s The Way Of The World

February 5, 2016

The great Maurice White died yesterday.  After anchoring the Ramsey Lewis trio with his drumming, White founded and led the genre-transcending jazz-funk-pop-soul-rock-r&b-gospel band, Earth Wind & Fire, until the early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease forced his retirement from touring in the mid-1990s.

We live in a negative society,” White told Newsweek at the height of the band’s success. “Most people can’t see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine.

“That’s The Way Of The World” is an example of that philosophy.  It’s a cynical phrase—and the title track for a cynical movie—but in White’s hands, it’s transformed into a song filled with sweet, beautiful, subversive hope.

Today it can be a lovely “going home” song for him.  As the band says in this recent clip, “This is for you, ‘Rice.”

Hearts of fire creates love desire,
Take you high and higher to the world you belong….

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