Chicago & Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres. They were one of the most successful bands of 1970s. The band was founded in Chicago by Maurice White in 1970. On December 12th, 2004, in Los Angeles, California, Earth Wind and Fire, gave an outstanding performance, mixed with elements, including a plethora of instruments, solo parts, crowd interactionism and fusion performances.

There are many observations I made while watching the video. The large ensemble, instruments including bass guitar, keyboard, trumpets, saxophones, bass drums, electric guitar, bongos, African thumb piano known as a kalimba, made one feel as if both bands Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire had been there to put on their absolute best show. The responses from the crowd were also an indication of that. There were several solo acts within the performance inclusive of a singing solo, saxophone, and bass guitar.

I was also able to pick up on the use of repetition in the songs. Whether it be, “we can make it happen,” “oh yeah” or “got to get you into my life, into my life,” these guys knew how to keep the audience engaged and having a good time. With the use of audience interaction, these guys also took the time to get to know their audience, asking some for their names and where they are from. Along with that getting them to clap and stay on beat was a good way to get them down and funk and also groovy.

Another observation unrelated to music I made were the costumes. Basically, what Earth, Wind and Fire along with Chicago wore in their performance gave the audience the notion that they could still give them they same feelings, and LOOKS, they gave in their younger years. There was also a story element that I really enjoyed and learned a lot from. One of the lead singers of Earth, Wind and Fire explained that the African thumb piano, Kalimba, had been one of the instruments that had bonded the entire band and helped form in the solidification of the group. I really believe this showed the unity in the group, and how nothing has changed since. I think with the help of this video, even though i was not physically there, I learned the importance of audience engagement and making sure both the performers and the audience are enjoying themselves. The atmosphere remained upbeat and energetic.