Aretha Franklin 1942 – 2018

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49 Responses to Aretha Franklin 1942 – 2018

  1. mareeS

    Mmmm, didn’t really like her songs. RIP anyway.

  2. candy

    Only so much screeching you can take in a tune.

  3. Stimpson J. Cat

    RIP.
    Find out what it means to me.

  4. duncanm

    mareeS and candy – tough audience.

    I’ve always loved the gospel-influenced energy of her stuff.

  5. Herodotus

    She had great backing singers and some good tunes, but was a bit screechy.

  6. Suburban Boy

    Aretha is not just the Queen of American soul.

    She’s also the queen of our soul. Our soul! Our soul!

  7. Tom

    The stuff that came out of Atlantic Records in the 1960s will still be played regularly in 100 years’ time.

  8. candy

    I’ve always loved the gospel-influenced energy of her stuff.

    duncanm, yes, the tunes start out joyful and perky, but goes on and on with more yelling type singing, too much hand clapping and really I get so bored with it, it just doesn’t end.

  9. I see on TV this morning the mass exploitation of her death with rampant virtue signalling.

    When is crying on TV going to be seen for the bullshit it is? People crying in public over a person they’ve never met?

  10. Mark M

    Trivia: Same day as the death of Elvis.

  11. Infidel Tiger

    Candy is racist.

  12. struth

    Years ago, yep I didn’t mind it, but I’m as bored as shit with black voices.
    As good as they are, they are all very similar in approach and have been over souled, er I mean sold.
    Boring.
    Too much.
    Aretha’s voice was a musical explosion, but explosions get too much to take very quickly.

  13. a happy little debunker

    R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

  14. Nob

    Already some Nob has quoted Obama’s tribute on my FB and turned it into a pissing contest.

    It wasn’t all explosions struth.

  15. struth

    However, I am over the religious idolatry given to people in entertainment and blessed with a good voice.

    I see people who helped their fellow man in the Japanese hellholes and prison camps, people who spend their lives for the good of humanity and their fellow man, the men and women sacrificing their lives defending their nations etc, as people to appreciate.
    Singing, ………really?
    If you are lucky enough to be born with a good voice, does that make you something to be worshipped?

  16. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    However, I am over the religious idolatry given to people in entertainment and blessed with a good voice.

    Or the religious idolatry given to those who can kick a football further then most, or hit a cricket ball further then most.

  17. Elle

    Stunning voice! RIP Aretha. Bless. Xx

  18. Elle

    Nice of you to play tribute to her, Sinc.

  19. H B Bear

    When is crying on TV going to be seen for the bullshit it is? People crying in public over a person they’ve never met?

    Agreed. Princess Diana effect writ large.

  20. C.L.

    Nobody did more for the RSPCA.

  21. Tintarella di Luna

    Aretha Franklin had a very strong, voice could hold a tune and had excellent pitch, my mamma used to call her an urlatora , I liked some of her songs, may she rest in peace.

  22. Elle

    Mr Bear, music touches ones soul for many reasons. It can evoke many emotions, sooth and heal. I’ve partaayed hard to good music. Those who have a gift and can bring it to us as wonderfully as Aretha did … well, it’s a bit sad when they pass away.

  23. Tintarella di Luna

    oops pardon my misplaced comma –

  24. Elle

    That was to the other Beer too.

  25. Elle

    I cried listening to Alan Jones’ tribute to Aretha this morning.

  26. max

    Ya gotta laugh.

    RN this morning played her singing with Pavarotti. It wasn’t meant to be funny.

  27. C.L.

    Poor old Keith.
    This was roundabout the time he stopped being Keith Richards and started acting like “Keith Richards.”

  28. Elle

    You know, the Cat has some really nice people on it, but it also has some very nasty people on it. A woman has died from that evil that is cancer. Jeez. Some people can’t even be nice for one minute. What miserable lives they must live. Sad.

  29. Rebel with cause

    Her version of “I say a little prayer” is one of the all time great tracks. Beautiful music.

  30. struth

    You know, the Cat has some really nice people on it, but it also has some very nasty people on it. A woman has died from that evil that is cancer. Jeez. Some people can’t even be nice for one minute. What miserable lives they must live. Sad.

    So have a thousand others while you wrote that, that may have been better people.
    That’s all I am saying.

  31. duncanm

    Years ago, yep I didn’t mind it, but I’m as bored as shit with black voices.
    As good as they are, they are all very similar in approach and have been over souled, er I mean sold.

    yeh – but don’t blame Aretha for that.

    I agree — today’s black singers suffer from either the ‘more notes must be better’ school, or some hip hop crap.

    (* – can I say ‘black’ ? — waacist!)

  32. Elle

    If you are lucky enough to be born with a good voice, does that make you something to be worshipped?

    Admired, but not worshipped. I only worship blue eyed conservatives with chin dimples. Mreow to Mr Bolt!

  33. You know, the Cat has some really nice people on it, but it also has some very nasty people on it. A woman has died from that evil that is cancer. Jeez. Some people can’t even be nice for one minute. What miserable lives they must live. Sad.

    I feel sad for her family’s loss. I’m criticising those who do it publicly to invoke sympathy for themselves.

    The more we encourage them, the worse it gets. The end result is a race to see who can cry the most. Where does that end? I’ll tell you where it ends.

    It ends with people hiding behind tears to so the most outlandish thing. “Howe DARE you personalise my hatred of white/black/brown/green people! You are responsible for everything wrong in my life! You deserve to die in excruciating pain for upsetting me!!

    The next Stalin will cry to a global television audience. That’s where it ends.

  34. duncanm

    Take Mary J Blige, for example.

    most (all) of her music I find unmitigated pap — but she does a sublime version of Stevie Wonder’s “As” with George Michael.

    the video is somewhat amusing – I assume taking a poke at music’s narcisists

  35. C.L.

    Whitney Houston is responsible for bench-marking exaggerated, ostentatious and vainglorious vocal decorations and trifles for black divas. Not Aretha.

  36. Elle

    Ahhh. I hear you TBW. Love your name by the way.

  37. H B Bear

    You know, the Cat has some really nice people on it, but it also has some very nasty people on it. A woman has died from that evil that is cancer. Jeez. Some people can’t even be nice for one minute. What miserable lives they must live. Sad.

    My comment had nothing to say about Aretha Franklin or her death. Thanks for the gratuitous insight into my life though. I’ll try and do better.

  38. duncanm

    Whitney Houston is responsible for bench-marking exaggerated, ostentatious and vainglorious vocal decorations and trifles for black divas. Not Aretha.

    yup… she even butchered the Star Spangled Banner… though others think it was ‘the best performance ave!’

  39. candy

    Whitney Houston is responsible for bench-marking exaggerated, ostentatious and vainglorious vocal decorations and trifles for black divas. Not Aretha.

    I really liked Whitney Houston’s tunes, and Shirley Bassey, if we talking black lady singers. Wonderful singers.

    I think Celene Dion was more the vainglorious diva. That tune “My Heart Will Go On” – OMG I hate how she sang that.

  40. testpattern

    I knew her. Buddy’s sister. Great netballer, worked at the Darwin YW. Talented family.

  41. Des Deskperson

    Whatever you think of Ms Franklin and her work, Ten News’ report tonight on her death was exceptionally cheap and tacky, even for Ten.

    Sandra Sully solemnly told us that “..she’s now in the arms of God, delivered there by cancer” .

  42. JohnA

    Sorry, but I’m old school: Fifth Dimension, Diana Ross, Mamas and Papas, Cleo Laine, and The Seekers.

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