Your mouth says "Aretha", your mind silently, involuntarily says "Franklin" shortly thereafter. This is the power of Aretha Franklin. It was a name, no doubt, but it was really a lot more. Deeply engraved in our consciousness for over six decades, Aretha Franklin was not only the Queen of Soul; she was our voice. With his passing, we have lost the gold standard of the big song.
When the news first came to critical conditions – as is normal with the media around the world – there was the buzz of keeping tributes and obituaries ready. Under normal circumstances (for the media, but abnormal for the rest of the world), one begins to gather information about the person who is knocking at the door of paradise, gives a structure to his articles and sometimes even has a title on the spot. This process is almost mechanical and requires disengagement from emotions to keep an eye on a deadline that could be advanced in an instance.
How, however, is a preparation for Aretha without going through the dossier of one's life? How do you start taking notes when you're busy reliving that heartbreak that fed you, the injustice that sang for you, or the romantic story that he lent to his voice? How do you prepare yourself for the death of this legend without confronting your milestones and your failures? Like someone with an incredible repertoire of originals, he has some phenomenal covers that make you forget who sang them in the first place. He took their songs and made them his own.
And just like that, his songs took our pain and made them his own.
The mezzo-soprano with a range of four octaves, began his career as a singer gospel singer, inspired to do so by his father minister CL Franklin. His father played a significant role in his career, particularly after separating himself from Aretha's mother when the young singer continued to live with him. His mother died shortly before Aretha's tenth birthday, and it was then that the young singer began to teach to play the piano by ear. Four years later, he embarked on the tours of the evangelical caravan undertaken by his father to perform in various churches. At that time, he was already managing his nascent career.
His first album Songs of Faith was published in 1956, but it was not until his laical debut Aretha: With Ray Bryant Combo with Columbia Records he achieved the mainstream Billboard rankings. His incursion with Columbia brought the gospel singer away from his ecclesiastical roots and drove her to explore genres like jazz, blues, doo-wop and R & B. With her experimentation in the next two albums, Aretha started to develop her pop character. His six years of experience with Columbia have seen his songs as " Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with Dixie Melody", "Operation Heartbreak" and " You Made Me Love You" .
His move to Atlantic Records created Aretha as a pioneering singer. With & # 39; I Never Loved a Man (The way I love you) & # 39; at the top of Billboard's R & B rankings, he also reached the Top 10 Billboard Hot 100. His energy coverage by Otis Redding & # 39; s Respect & # 39; in the & # 39; April 1967 made history. He has passed both the R & B and pop charts of Billboard, making it his author song. This went to form the soundtrack of civil rights and feminist movements, cementing his voice as that of popular power. How ironic it is that when Redding originally sang the song, he was actually asking a woman to respect a man who comes home from work. Franklin, who clearly made this song his own, made it abundantly clear with the "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" section that the song was about a woman asking for equality. It is said that at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, Redding half-jokingly said, "This is a song that a girl took me away, a dear friend of mine, this girl just took this song, but I will do it anyway."  In the concerts to come, Redding was much more grateful for Franklin's musical talent. It was a particular trait that resonates for much of his career. His ability to intelligently interpret the music of his contemporaries in six decades has not been a recent feat. With a powerful voice to bring his deliveries through the tests of time, Franklin has covered the works of Dionne Warwick and Otis Redding to the Rolling Stones and Adele. A great original voice that has never avoided overturning the hat in its constantly evolving contemporaries. His delightful cover of "I Say A Little Prayer" just a year after Warwick published his original remains of the most listened version of the song, with many who exchanged to be a Franklin original. His rapidly expanding success also saw his record-breaking songs such as "Spanish Harlem", "Rock Steady", "Day Dreaming" and "Something He Can Feel" .
his career, though constantly studded with important successes and successes, has been a constant stream of achievements. He won 18 Grammy and is considered one of the best-selling artists of all time. She was the first female performer to be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is widely considered among the greatest singers of all time.
Personally, Aretha was not without her share of problems. Married twice, with two out of four children who were born before turning 15, he had his family gathered to raise his young children as a career. His first marriage ended in a tumultuous divorce, the result of domestic violence among other issues. A good part of his career has been parallel to his weight and problems with alcoholism. Aunt of legendary singer Whitney Houston, Franklin was the most alive of his personal battles, though increasingly cautious about his later health problems. "Abandoning love is like losing weight, it's much easier to wear it than to take it off," he once said.
And just so, effortlessly, he spoke through his interviews and his music, what women around the world wanted to articulate. It is the reason why many women wanted to become singers: Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Alicia Keys, among others. Every university competition has had some female vocalist that brings to life or to the massacre (the perspective is all) a song by Aretha. There was confidence in his voice that arises not only from his talent but from his attitude. It was strong and was vulnerable; it was all you wanted to be yourself. His gospel roots gave his vocal cords the perfect grounding. A genre that unwittingly demands honesty in lifestyle as in technique, Aretha was genuine even in the face of difficulties.
When she completed a decade in her musical career, Aretha had already been consecrated Queen of Soul. He continued to write this role for another 50 years. What else can you say to such an extraordinary life? R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Date of publication: 16 August 2018 20:03 PM
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Date of renovation: 16 August 2018 20:31 PM