When we think about crossing over to the other side. Leaving this world in spirit form where our soul returns back to the one and only creator of life, God. Many of us have had the opportunity to be blessed with the chance to see the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin either in church or in concert. Through the years Aretha has entertained us. By gracing us on stage with the lovely and unique voice she was blessed to entertain us with. Her music was shared with the world which involved different occasions, happy, sad, subtle and heartbreaking love. Many of her songs reminded me of family fun when I was a child watching my mother and uncles and aunties dancing in the living room at my grandmother’s house. I am certain there are so many of us irreguardless of color who can relate to those precious moments.
Aretha Franklin shocked the world when she demanded her(Respect) R.E.S.P.E.C.T. a major hit and every household throughout the United States was playing it. Let’s go back for a moment as I take you a little further down memory lane when Aretha blasted the world with Ain’t No Way. There was just no stopping The Queen of Soul as she went into demand filling concert hall after concert hall. You can bet there would be a sell out on all tickets with Aretha Franklin’s name posted at the top of the marquee.
Although she was the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was discovered in church. Where she started as a gospel singer, I can still close my eyes and hear her singing Amazing Grace, I’m Climbing Higher Mountains, Precious Lord. Yes we all loved her and you have to admit she still holds the title The Queen of Soul. Mrs. Aretha Franklin continued to challengw herself through the years. A Queen amongst Queens there was no task she was afraid to meet and complete. Don’t forget Natural Woman, You Send Me; 3.The Weight; 4. Baby, I Love You; 5.Do Right Woman; 6.Chain Of Fools; 8.My Song; etc. She let us into her life and shared her love for music with the rest of the world.
Aretha Franklin gave us “I Say A Little Prayer” Now we must all say one for her and give thanks to the love, happiness and joy she brought into our homes, businesses, streets, club’s and churches. And we all danced to the unique tunes of Aretha Franklin. She is now being laid to rest and her journey on this earth is complete. A legend in her own time. You should sit back and play this song “Gotta Find Me an Angel.” Because one of our Angels has just flown away. Thank you Aretha for all the love you shared with us through the years.
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