They’re playing that glorious, rich, incredible voice over and over on the radio, and I am weeping. It seems she has always been there, her strength, her dedication, the soaring instrument that could do anything. I’ve been hearing things I didn’t know about her life – that she had her first baby at 12, her second at 15. That child mother grew up to sing at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Got out the one album of her’s that has survived my travelling life. Very, very worn. Talk about a Desert Island Disc. All you need.
Thank you, beautiful Aretha, for all you gave. So much, for us all.
My friend Jenny Dean, singer and actress, said it for all of us on FB:
Aretha. Rock steady through the universe forever.