Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire wrote this with David Foster and Allee Willis. Foster is a very successful writer and producer whose hits include "You'll See
" and "Un-Break My Heart
"; Willis co-wrote Earth, Wind & Fire's hit "September
" and much of the I Am
album, including "Boogie Wonderland
In her Songfacts interview
, Willis said of the song, "There was an original melody to it, and then when I heard the record itself, the background melody became the chorus, and the real melody is the background in parts, and I remember being very upset about it, because it went from being this unbelievable song to me to kind of being a feel. But the thing I love about 'In The Stone' is that I absolutely love marching bands, my two favorite types of music are marching band music and disco. Probably because they're very happy. But 'In The Stone' just turned into this marching band classic."