Remembering Aretha Franklin, a very special lady.
(March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018)
Today on The JJ McCartney Show, join me as we take time to remember Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.
This may not sound as scintillating as talking about the latest crazy political stunt, pr the constant agry rhetoric of both sides.
I have to believe Aretha Franklin would have preferred that we mark her passing with love, music, and kindness toward our fellow man.
Aretha was a very special lady. She got her start 5 decades ago, when she was in her late teens and by her early 20’s she was a budding star.
Her voice was seemingly ordinary, except for one thing: this woman took her voice and sang from her soul. her expressive singing was loved by people of all stripes. She was singing from a place everybody could relate with. She had the good fortune to be discovered by some very skillful producers, writers and musicians that handled her voice with great care when making her records.
‘A treasure-trove of great songs, each pone a gem. From her signature song, Respect, to classics like Spanish Harlem, (You Make Me Feel Like a)Natural Woman, Until You Come Back To Me, Chain of Fools, Think, and many many more, Aretha’s body of work is legend, and unless we are exceptionally fortunate and blessed, there will never be another female artist that will ever eclipse her.
I played her records and could never seem to stop tapp[ing my toe, or singing along, and very likely I have played Aretha’s songs many thousands of times.
Why make such a big deal about her passing at the age of 76 on the same day that Elvis died 41 years earlier?
Because she was like the elder statesman of black music. And she was faithful and respectful to her fans. Never a political firebrand, Aretha just let her songs do the talking, and she exuded love to people of all colors. She will be missed, but what a gift she left us in her music.
Rest in peace, pretty lady.
It somehow makes sense that the Queen of Soul would pass on the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. From the King to the the Queen, we can look back now on two of the most revered rock era voices ever to enter our conciousness.
While we may dwell on Aretha and Elvis, the rest of the world just keeps getting weirder, more hostile, and more divided than ever.
That makes me sad. But we’re not here to cry. We’re here to stand up for Truth, Justice and most importantly for the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Join me live from 3 to 5pm ET today at www.jjmccartney.com as we try to make sense of this day.