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In One of His Final Interviews, Maurice White Reflects on Earth, Wind & Fire's History and His Vision: 'Music Was Playing In My Head' (Exclusive)

Sidelined by Parkinson’s disease since being diagnosed during the late ‘80s, Earth, Wind & Fire cofounder Maurice White – who died at 74 on Thursday, Feb. 4 – still kept his finger on the pulse of the group and maintained a kind of “executive” oversight of the group’s career. Though no longer able to grant full-scale interviews, he did answer a few questions via email for Billboard when the group’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award was announced in mid-January – one of the final media exchanges of his life. 

What led you to form Earth, Wind & Fire? What did you have in mind as far as a musical/creative vision?

I started EWF because I had a vision and music was playing in my head that I wanted to bring through. What I had in mind was exactly what Earth, Wind & Fire became.

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Did the group find its footing immediately, or was there an evolution to what became the EWF “sound” – and, if so, how did you arrive there?

There was an evolution and as time went on, the sound was developed by the musicians I brought into the group.

Where did the group’s name come from?

My horoscope. (White, who was born Dec. 19, was a Sagittarius, whose principle elements are earth, air and fire.)

What was it about the “Head to the Sky” album and subsequent releases during the '70s that led to EWF’s commercial breakthrough?

Strong, driving rhythm and easily remembered hooks. Plus a new way of combining a lot of diverse elements so everyone found something they could relate to.

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What do you remember about the night you won your first Grammy Award, in 1975?

I was so excited. The validation by the industry was gratifying. It felt like my position in the chain of musical history was being acknowledged.

Where do you hear your influence in contemporary R&B, both musically and in terms of visual style?

I don’t really listen to contemporary R&B with an ear for hearing my influence. Music is a spirit unto itself and all of us musicians influence each other all along the chain.

What’s been the best thing about the career of EWF?

Speaking for myself, the best thing has been being allowed to play – having the golden ticket!

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Πέθανε σε ηλικία 88 ετών ο Μάρβιν Μίνσκι, πρωτοπόρος στην τεχνητή νοημοσύνη, ο οποίος συνέβαλε σημαντικά στη δημιουργία «σκεπτόμενων» μηχανών. Το έργο του οδήγησε στην ανάπτυξη υπολογιστών που «κατανοούν» φωνητικές εντολές και νικούν στο σκάκι ακόμα και τους καλύτερους παίκτες.Όπως αναφέρεται σε δημοσίευμα του πρακτορείου
10種小三的愛情心理:是妳無法讓他戀愛

知名台劇《犀利人妻》中有一段經典名句「不被愛的那個,才是第三者」,你認同嗎?激情或許就像煙火般,曇花一現隨之而去,但感情卻是需要彼此長久經營,當兩人之間出現謊言,是否是感情出現裂痕的開始?

現實中,我們可能在某些關鍵點對另一半說謊,不論你有沒有,說謊者或被說謊者在一段感情中是不可避免的,但應該思考的是,說謊者不願意把真相告訴另一半,而是選擇告訴誰?誰願意站在他那邊聽他訴苦?有些時候,「小三」並不是單純因為外表而變成小三。

國外網站「Elite Daily」整理出10種妳必須知道,那些在妳眼裡的「小三」愛情心理

一、 因為她知道,你無法讓你的男人戀愛

二、 因為她已經為愛深陷其中

三、 因為她在你的男人上,找到戀愛的滋味

四、 因為她認為,錯過這次沒有下一次

五、 因為她認為,錯失一個愛情比當小三還糟糕

六、 因為她已經為愛沖昏頭

七、 因為她認為,感覺是對的

八、 因為她希望,你的男人會選擇她

九、 因為為了她的「優越感」也為了快點降低自己的「罪惡感」,她會盡全力讓你的男人成為她的

十、 因為其實她知道,自己永遠不會被了解

如果你曾經有過被說謊的經驗,你必須知道,你並非是唯一一個感到心痛的人,不論是小三或是正宮都一樣,正宮認為自己被背叛;小三認為生活是不公平、沒有意義的,她痛苦,因為她始終只是一個選擇、只是一個備胎;她痛苦,因為她知道這段感情沒有結果,最後還是會選擇正宮。

但這些話不只是寫給正宮看,同時也是寫給成為第三者的人看。誰知道你的男人是不是在對你隱瞞小三的事?誰知道你的男人是不是在隱瞞他有女友的事?儘管妳知道實情,妳認為這是一段值得付出的感情嗎?

試著這樣想,如果你的男人在遇到你之前就有發生過類似的事,妳認為跟你在一起,他不會重蹈覆轍嗎?如果他可以對前任這麼做,也可以這樣對妳。「Elite Daily」最後也寫道,一個會說謊的男人,不是妳唯一的選擇。