When September 21st rolls around, the internet is abuzz with memes and social media posts to celebrate Earth, Wind & Fire Day. It’s the day when fans remember to listen to their favorite funk band’s timeless song “September.” Many people assume the reason the group singled out the date is because it marks the changing of the seasons. However, lyricist Allee Willis says that’s actually not the case. She said they chose the date because it sounded good.
The month of September takes its name from the Latin septem, meaning ‘seventh month.’ It was originally the seventh month in the Roman calendar until Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar in 46 BCE and renamed it Quintilis and Sextilis. The months of July, August, and December also retain their original names in the modern Roman calendar.
During her Happier Than Ever tour in 2022, Billie dropped a new version of “September.” The track reflects on a toxic relationship that may have taken away her happiness. It touches on a variety of emotions, including regret, sadness, and loneliness. The song also references a number of jarring cultural moments like the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard trial and the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Regardless of its significance, the song is an absolute classic that’s been played and loved for generations. The tune is still a great dance track that can’t be beat when it comes to getting down on the dance floor.