Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Kirk Franklin
Album:Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire
I don't usually like tribute albums. I find a lot of them are lame. But you may have overlooked this 2007 tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire that launched Concord Music's revival of Stax Records. I also suspect that because this cover of September is not on one of gospel superstar Kirk Franklin's own CDs that his fans have overlooked the CD and may not be aware that Franklin did a video for the song. Of course as many EW&F fans are aware, EW&F leader Maurice White suffers from multiple sclerosis so he hasn't been as active in recent years. But he did personally select the artists and songs for this CD. Franklin does a straightforward version of the classic September. He gives it a gospel spin but he doesn't mess with it too much. Me'Shell Ndegeocello's cover of Fantasy and Dwele's cover of That's The Way Of the World were both nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammys. Others appearing on the CD are Chaka Khan, Angie Stone, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Mint Condition and Musiq Soulchild. So if you're an Earth, Wind & Fire fan you want to be sure to check out this CD. Here's the video for September by Kirk Franklin. You'll notice that Maurice White appears in the video.