Friday, November 11, 2005

Bush shows Aretha "Pride, A Deeper Love"

The powerhouse vocalist who generated one of the most exuberant and meaningful gay anthems ever, Aretha Franklin, yesterday received the highest honor that can be bestowed on a U.S. civilian. The gospel-bred chanteuse behind Pride, A Deeper Love is now the proud owner of a Presidential Medal of Freedom for achievement in the arts.

I can think of no more deserving entertainer than "Ree-Ree" for President Bush to honored. She has given so much musically to so many for so very long, it's hard to believe she hadn't already been recognized this way.

For the past forty or so years -- count them: 40 -- Aretha has serenaded people of every generation, hue and persuasion during joyous times and times that were tearful. She has bellowed so beautifully in our ears to stand tall that she actually empowered us. She has whispered exquisite reminders to us that we have a mighty friend in the Lord when times were tough. And when all of that wasn't enough, she told us of a man called Doctor Feelgood, swearing he'd take care of all pains and ills.

If you get the urge this weekened to dig in the old music crates for a true taste of the undisputed Queen of Soul, grab a glass of fine wine and give a listen to what I'd vote her top 10 songs of all time:
  1. Chain of Fools
  2. Ain't No Way
  3. Dr. Feelgood
  4. Eleanor Rigby
  5. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  6. Natural Woman
  7. Baby I Love You
  8. Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  9. Mary Don't You Weep
  10. Pride (A Deeper Lover)

In a world where stars fade in and out of the public eye in a flash, Aretha Franklin has been loved and heralded for her undeniable gift like very few others. All the very best to the Queen of Soul. Here's to many, many more years of making your remarkable music.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

she should hang it up. he's just not into her.

November 12, 2005  
Anonymous b.c.c. said...

aretha franklin should be careful. bush expression seems to know she is a democrat and he'll get her for that. :)

November 12, 2005  
Anonymous No Way J said...

Good list of Aretha songs, but I would add these two.

1. Knew You Were Waiting with George Michael

2. Sisters Doing It For Themselves with Annie Lennox

Add these two and you could burn that playlist as one incredible CD.

November 14, 2005  

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