We lost Aretha Franklin yesterday; that powerful, amazing, iconic Queen of Soul. Who can ever forget listening to her sing “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” and “Natural Woman” and so many other songs? She was born to sing and inspire, and people of all generations will mourn her passing.
When we lose someone who has inspired millions, who has sung her heart out over the years, who has been the music in our lives; we feel that loss keenly. Anyone who has listened to this fabulous woman’s voice has been touched by her strength and passion. For me, she was the voice who commanded our attention even when the British Invasion turned rock and roll on its ear.
Her voice was part of the fabric of my life. I can remember where I was when I danced to her music. Every so often, an amazing person comes along that touches so many lives in so many ways. Aretha Franklin was that amazing person with a voice and passion that swept you up.
While we mourn the loss of this beautiful singer’s voice, it cannot be stilled. She surely is with the angels now, singing as only she can, far above pain and sorrow, sickness and earthly death.
We loved you, Aretha; we will always love you.