I grew up listening to soul music. I even remember preachers complaining about its mix of the sacred and profane aka gospel and blues. The greatest soul singer of them all was a preacher’s daughter from Detroit, Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul died today at the age of 76.
Aretha’s career had more highlights than a mere blogger can recount. The most recent of which was singing at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration. Equally memorable was THE HAT:
It had folks in New Orleans buzzing. So much so that my friend Carol knocked it off for herself, Dr. A, and her husband Mark. Speaking of preachers, Mark is my personal minister. Talk about losing battles.
I realize that this is an odd and idiosyncratic Aretha memory to share but I’m an odd and idiosyncratic guy.
In keeping with this odd and idiosyncratic tribute, here’s an odd and idiosyncratic musical selection:
The Queen of Soul is dead, long live the Queen of Soul.