I’m Saying A Little Prayer for Aretha

The Queen of Soul is reportedly in hospice, and I am very sad. Franklin has been a constant in my musical life; she was ever-present on the radio growing up, and almost always on the stereo at home. I cannot imagine a world without her.

This song/performance is a particular favorite of mine. If you ever were (or are) a musician, you probably know that mad genius Burt Bararach wrote this melody, and it is one of the most difficult pop songs to perform. The beat changes constantly (sometime only for a bar), the key changes, it is notoriously difficult to perform as written. Bacharch himself said that Aretha is the only performer who ever got it right.

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7 Responses to I’m Saying A Little Prayer for Aretha

  1. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Thoughts and prayers, and not in a snarky way.

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  2. If it’s Aretha’s time to check out, I am happy she still is awake and knows she is loved! She has been a part of my life’s soundtrack since the Sixties!

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  3. Osirisopto says:

    She is a great artist who will be remembered for centuries.

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  4. laura says:

    Every song, every performance created joy and sent it out to the world.
    She is truly the Queen of Soul.
    I wish her a beautiful transition into the next, surrounded by bountifull love and Grace.

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  5. purplehead says:

    The very first CD I bought way back in the early 1970s, was “The Best of Aretha Franklin.” (And she still had a lot of best to come!) Then I gave the same CD to my Mom, who had never heard Aretha sing, and Mom smiled smiled grinned and started to move around.

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  6. Karla says:

    Thanks, TG, for this post and the insight into why Aretha’s version of this song is worth listening to.
    R E S P E C T
    I adore her.

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  7. ming says:

    Damn. She’s gone.

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