Via the wonderful pipes of Maurice White and Philip Bailey, Earth, Wind & Fire has put an indelible stamp on the month of September with its signature song of the same name. Formed in 1969 with a disco/funk focus, the group has been an accolade-garnering powerhouse ever since. Aside from artistic craftsmanship that set EWF apart early on, there has always been a careful balance of positivity and social commentary without admonishment.
Afrocentric musicianship (kalimba, anyone?) filtered through layers of world sounds, funk, and rock 'n' roll have always reflected the passing of time with respect to the passing of trends without ever sacrificing the true nature of the sound.
The horns, the percussion, the singing (bring panties to toss at Bailey when he hits the high notes of "Reasons"), and the insanity that is Verdine White on the bass strutting across the stage: Earth, Wind & Fire is a true American institution and a great introduction to the positive power of music.