3 thoughts on “Aretha Franklin Rest in Peace

  1. We had Aretha’s I Never Loved a Man ranked No. 16 on our Essentials list, so I don’t think we can say we ignored her. But she has been a treasure my whole life, so that’s a No. 1 without a doubt.

    Earlier this year I had an infatuation with Spirit in the Dark, though for some reason I didn’t write about it then. It’s filled with terrific songs and singing and arrangements, and a beautiful and bounteous heart. Like this:


  2. I feel exonerated although no Aretha ALBUMS made my own list. So few soul artists focused on albums back in the day. I’m working on a theory of the great black/white split that started in about 1970 and the single vs. the album was a big part of it.

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