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Maurice White RIP

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Soundtrack of my childhood. Truly was feel good music..... hearing the music now just oozes memories, all good ones - family vacations, swimming trips to the lake, something as simple as my mother doing her morning exercise routine. Everything we did as a family, we did with EWF playing in the living room or the cassette player in the Datsun. I played it at my wedding when I danced with my mother.

    Rest in peace Maurice, you beautiful soul.
  2. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    This year is getting on my damn nerves. . .
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  3. Mas bummer. I bought a kalimba because of EW&F.
  4. GregT


    Jan 29, 2012
    Southwest Missouri
    Honestly, I just believe all of the great musicians we have lost lately are just now being welcomed to the most wonderful jam session ever. And forever. :)
  5. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung They’s only two things that money can’t buy... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    1977...Eddie and Chris and I were freshmen college roommates. Eddie bought a used amp, Chris 'inherited' his sister's turntable, and I bought a pair of 501s from a friend of a friend who was moving to AZ and couldn't fit them in his Bug. I still listen to them daily. We owned 3 records to start with. "That's The Way Of The World" was one of them. I was much more an Alice Cooper acolyte. It took 3 or 4 listens for me to understand that I was in the presence of a bassist like none I'd ever heard before. Brothers Maurice and Verdine kicked down musical doors that I'd never had the nerve to approach before. They touched my heart, and took the wheel for several years.
    On my way to sit in front of those same 501s and crank up TTWOTW...maybe try to find Eddie and Chris.
    ...lump in my throat...
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2016
  6. I am saddened by this loss.

    Maurice White is the epitome of the complete entertainer and one of my idols.

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  7. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    When you wish upon a star
    Your dreams will take you very far
    But when you wish upon a dream
    Life ain't always what it seems
    What'd you see on a night so clear
    In the sky so very dear

    You're a shining star
    No matter who you are
    Shining bright to see
    What you could truly be (what you could truly be)

    Shining star come in to view
    Shine its watchful light on you
    Give you strength to carry on
    Make your body big and strong
    Born a man child of the sun
    Saw my work had just begun

    Found I had to stand alone
    Bless it now I've got my own
    So, if you find yourself in need
    Why don't you listen to these words of heed
    Be a giant grain of sand
    Words of wisdom, yes I can

    You're a shining star
    No matter who you are
    Shining bright to see
    What you could truly be

    You're a shining star
    No matter who you are
    Shining bright to see
    What you could truly be

    You're a shining star
    No matter who you are
    Shining bright to see
    What you could truly be

    Shinning star for you to see
    What your life can truly be
    Shinning star for you to see
    What your life can truly be
    Shinning star for you to see
    What your life can truly be
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  8. Ace Of Bass

    Ace Of Bass A Rooster Illusion

    Jun 27, 2006
    Had a great voice..perfect contrast to Phillip Bailey...I grew up on EWF and I love the White brothers...RIP.
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  9. Rock in Peace. So many greats have passed in the last year :(
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  10. GazzBass


    Apr 20, 2008
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  11. Steve59


    Mar 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Much Graditude! RIP Mr. White.
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  12. Big bummer. Certainly made the world a better place.
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  13. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Yeah, it's been a bad year for some visionaries that shaped the musical landscape we love.
    Fly on Maurice........................................
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  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...no words.

    RIP & thank you.
  15. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    RIP Maurice...
    feels like family

    Last edited: Feb 5, 2016
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  16. tmw

    tmw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Delmar, NY
    RIP. Mr White
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  17. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    Maurice White was a brilliant player for the song. And what songs. What arrangements.

    For me, among their many innovations, Earth, Wind & Fire were the first to create funk and soul music that was tailored for arenas (as Led Zeppelin did for rock music). Maurice White's drum parts were a central part of that. Whether with a funk, pop, or ballad focus, those arrangement textures, with all that space and slinky structure, were enabled by his writing and playing. We owe him a lot. I myself do.

    By all accounts he was a beautiful, generous, truly positive person as well. It would seem that EW&F really meant and lived their songs.

    Good luck, Maurice. Thank you for all the good you gave the world.

    Edit: Sorry. I was thinking of Verdine, but I have the same to say about Maurice. Corrected above. Also, Maurice's voice... so fine in EW&F.

    Addendum: One of my favorites:

    Last edited: Feb 7, 2016
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  18. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    RIP Maurice.

    Thanks for all of the great music...
  19. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Every year is a rough one, right now especially for musicians who were active before 1980. In another decade, the stars of the 80s will start dying off. Just the march of time.
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  20. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    Such an important figure in American music. His music meant so much to so many. I'm grateful for his contributions to our lives!
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