The Queen of Soul.
She's no longer with us. Aretha Franklin passed away this morning at her home in Detroit at the age of 76.
Aretha's talent was extraordinary. Her voice was iconic. Her music will live on forever. I'm getting a little teary-eyed just typing this, because I grew up listening to her.
If you see a disconnect, seeing as how I'm only 32, let me explain. When I was young, all my parents ever listened to was the oldies radio station in Kansas City, so by extension, that's what I listened to. At the time, it was playing all 50s and 60's music; the songs THEY grew up listening to. I wasn't really aware of current popular music until I was about 12 or 13 and discovered it on my own.
Artists like Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Beatles, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Beach Boys and more formed my music tastes, and I still go back listen to that music on a regular basis. Voices like Aretha's make me feel young again, and take me right back to those times.
I've sang along with her music for decades now, and will continue to do so. I'm gonna miss her.
I made a small music montage of Aretha's music. Here it is.
Might have to watch The Blues Brothers tonight, specifically for this scene.
Aretha Franklin released her first album at 14 years old, won 18 Grammy Awards, and in 1987, became first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. https://t.co/IMB7KF3OEU pic.twitter.com/kuNlVhupeg— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 16, 2018