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.