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Real Music: RIP, Queen of Soul.

It’s been a while since I offered a real music post, but when I woke up this morning to the news that Aretha Franklin had passed from this realm into the next, I figured this is as good a day as any.

Before we knew her as Queen of Soul, I and my siblings knew her as the daughter of the late Rev. C.L. Franklin. My daddy used to play the music she recorded in her father’s church and as a gospel artist on an eight track player when I was a very little girl in the late 1970’s.

My favorite song of hers however, and the one I have always been able to relate to most since I was old enough to understand it and fortunate enough to live it, is You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman. So here’s a live performance of Queen Aretha singing that song way back in the day.

Edited to add: I Say a Little Prayer for You audio, with various photos of Aretha Franklin through the years.

RIP, Queen of Soul.

Y’all have a restful, blessed, worship filled weekend.


13 thoughts on “Real Music: RIP, Queen of Soul.”

  1. Bike! You listened to R&B? Most *people* know Aretha Franklin from R-E-S-P-E-C-T and that’s about it.

    Ironically, I never really cared for that song, even when I was very young.


  2. I admit “Respect” was the first thing I thought of, but I listened to a fair amount of R& B growing up as well. Not only was I within an hour of Chicago (and 20 minutes of Michael Jackson’s boyhood home), but the Chicago rock stations would play a fair amount off R&B as well.

    Plus, when you go to college ~ 90 minutes from Aretha’s home, you’re going to hear a bit of it without trying. But I tried, especially after a guy who led me to Christ introduced me to Otis Redding. And a bunch of other great music that prevented me from ever liking CCM.

    Time for you to lecture me on cultural appropriation. :^)

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  3. Time for you to lecture me on cultural appropriation. :^)

    Well you could do the same to me, with the Steve Martin video.

    Also, I edited the post to add another Aretha Franklin video. It’s a really cool retrospective of photos over her singing “I say a Little Prayer for You”.


  4. Martin’s come a long way since “King Tut” on SNL. Nice stuff.

    THX for the other video, but I’m afraid I can’t pick on you for cultural appropriation. You see, everything white people might do well was actually stolen from people of color, so people of color can’t do cultural appropriation, or something like that. (actually, to be serious, I’ve read that the banjo is derived from African instruments……so there is a kernel of truth there)

    Besides, even if nonwhite people could do cultural appropriation, wouldn’t listening to white peoples’ music be punishment enough?

    Happy weekend!


  5. I cannot bring myself to write a post on this (at least not now and certainly not in this space), but I want to offer a huge sigh of sadness of what became of Franklin’s memorial. To this response in particular, I am left with a chicken/egg dilemma:


    What came first? Men that don’t respect and care for their women or women who produced men incapable and uninterested in defending their women?

    Sigh again.


  6. Julianne Malveaux is a woman, but your point still stands. The hypocrisy is too much there, since the preacher’s words were just one of several out of line things that happened at that farce of a “memorial service.”

    After I wrote that comment and asked that question, I had an epiphany. Well, more accurately, a reminder.

    Individual men are responsible for defending *their* women. Their wives, their daughters, their mothers, their sisters, granddaughters, aunts, nieces, etc.

    The incalculable mischief white men have caused through their steadfast defense of the nebulous notion of the virtue of *their* women reverberates through the civilized world.

    To the extent that any of us should do what we can to defend the weaker, more defenseless person in our particular line of sight and circle, we should: whether we be man, woman, or child. But this idea that all men of a race owe a knee jerk immediate defense, protection, and liberation to all women of that race is ludicrous.

    Again, see the fruit of THAT mutated seed in the fallout caused by Western feminism taken to its logical ends.

    And now that I have stepped in it, I shall go because it’s been a long day.


  7. Actually, I was talking about the minister Malveaux refers to, but I’m pretty sure it was another minister who appears to have groped Grande. So I definitely goofed, but we can quibble about how. :^)

    And to the point, it strikes me that the pastor who spoke made the mistake of forgetting that while the event was about God, it was also about the lady in the box, whom apparently he knew well. And as such, he could have said, I think, almost exactly what he said with no offense taken if he’d connected it with Aretha.

    Something like: “Men, Aretha told me how badly it hurt her when her father cheated on her mother and ran off….have you considered how great a ministry it is to love that woman who carried your babies, and her alone?” “Ladies, Aretha told me of all the trouble that followed having two babies out of wedlock, and then having very difficult marriages and relationships afterwards….it hurt her and it hurt them.” “All, Aretha loved Detroit her whole life, but she could never stop weeping at what happens with the gangs there.”

    Kind of along the lines of how nobody can argue with your testimony of saving faith unless they can prove you’re making it up, along with keeping in mind what your sermon is really supposed to be about–God and the Scriptures, not your own personal hobby horses.

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  8. And to the point, it strikes me that the pastor who spoke made the mistake of forgetting that while the event was about God, it was also about the lady in the box, whom apparently he knew well. And as such, he could have said, I think, almost exactly what he said with no offense taken if he’d connected it with Aretha.

    My personal opinion was that it wasn’t the time or place for him to say what he said at all. It just wasn’t. The gravitas of being the chosen eulogist would have opened the door for him to say all of that stuff (which I mostly agree with in principle), at a later time and in a more appropriate context.

    And yeah, it was another minister who groped her. Let’s not forget ogling Bill Clinton also. Just tacky and tasteless all around.


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