Say A Little Prayer

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is gravely ill. You could do worse than say a little prayer for her…

Update: I’ve just heard the sad news that Aretha Franklin died today (Thursday 16th August 2018)  at her home.

R.I.P. the Queen of Soul.

8 Responses to “Say A Little Prayer”

  1. I listened to her songs last night and realised they were all covered by The Committments, that wonderful 80s Irish film about a Soul band formed in Dublin.

    • telescoper Says:

      Yes, I was thinking of that film last night when listening to some of her music being played on the radio as a tribute.

  2. An interesting life. She died at 76; her two eldest children (if still alive) are 64 and 62. She has a half-sister whose mother was also 12 at the time and whose father was Aretha’s Baptist-preacher father.

    It is possible, though, to be a successful artist even with a more mundane biography. Charlie Parker (or was it John Coltrane?) once said something like “Imagine how much better I would have been had I not been a heroin addict”.

  3. The music was written by Burt Bacharach, who still looks great at 90 and is currently on a world tour. Catch him if you can.

    • telescoper Says:

      A marvelously gifted songwriter.

    • Anton Garrett Says:

      A good year for musical 90ths: after Tom Lehrer in April, Ennio Morricone is due to celebrate his in November.

    • telescoper Says:

      I don’t know why but some people get very snobbish about people who write great popular songs. It’s true that writing a hit tune is not the same as writing a symphony, but if you think that means it’s easy you should try writing one!

      • Ewan MacColl wrote one without intending to and wished for a bit he hadn’t. That was, until the royalty cheques started arriving in his letterbox.

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