It is an impossible task to get numbers from Aretha Franklin on a list with & # 39; greatest hits & # 39; to put. Because music is subjective, not only in terms of lyrical content, but timeliness. It's not about when the song was released, but when you heard it. What was going on in your life when you first heard it? How much had you evolved when you visited again years later? The story of a song in your life is never about just one incident. As long as we live and as long as we love, we will discover and rediscover why some songs, more than others, are relevant to us.
Most Aretha Franklin fans have an Aretha story in their lives. And no matter how much she has defended her feminist goal with her almighty voice, she has also won legions of fans among the men. The sheer seriousness of her singing, the universality of her lyrics, the attitude she embraced, combined with her amazing genius of vocals, made her a constant companion in the journey of life.
Here are songs that may have reached widespread acclaim, but remained soft or decisive depending on where I stood in life. For a change it was Aretha Franklin who provided the background vocals … this time to the soundtrack of my life.
Chain of Fools
& # 39; Chain of Fools & # 39; peaked at number two in the Billboard charts in 1968, but that's not what makes it essential for Aretha to listen. Nor is it the Grammy that Aretha won in the Best Female R & B Vocal Performance category.
& # 39; Chain of Fools & # 39; which is completely in the C minor chord, has an irresistible Motown sound with lingering tremolo guitar that forces you to groove. It has been part of my relationship list for years and has been particularly useful in some unpleasant battles, especially if, like me, you never have a great comeback in a fight, but when you re-create it mentally, you are the king or queen of zingers!
It makes it interesting because Aretha actually sings about being in a poisonous relationship and being emotionally chained to a terrible man who even warned her father. It is a situation that most people are not unfamiliar with, although usually none of us is working with a partner who is almost unquestionably a synonym for an opening in the back. But again, that's why we love Aretha so much.
I say a small prayer
My absolute personal favorite of this powerhouse singer, & # 39; I Say A Little Prayer & # 39 ;, was my national anthem. And it has always been, very ironically, about me. Given that Aretha Franklin sang about saying a small prayer for her husband, it has not even occurred to me that this can be a song that you can sing for a significant other.
Most people regard this as an Aretha-original, but this was actually the ballad of Dionne Warwick from 1968. She sings about a woman waiting for her husband, who serves in Vietnam. Although it was a hit in his time, the release of Aretha was released a year later on her certified gold record Aretha Now, and remains the benchmark of the song.
I remember that as a child I listened to the song and loving the chorus, scattering through the verse and just "together, forever …" sniffing aloud! It was the starting signal to perform during singing competitions at the university, because really, if you join, you bring the aces forward! Diana Ross's cover for My Best Friend's Wedding gave the song a new lease of life, although the "original" Aretha Franklin version was most preferred with a hairbrush in the hand for a microphone!
It was my song and I said a little prayer for myself every time I sang it. A perfect pickmeupper. Years later it was one of the three favorite nightly songs for my little one, her exhausted lips still "forever …" One of my lasting memories through the pink-tinted prism of nostalgia and Cabernet Sauvignon, was this singing with my partner – in-crime, also known as my father-in-law. We sang, we toasted, we laughed, we wept tears of joy and wine. Oh, it was all that Aretha would have wanted.
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(You Make Me Feel Like) A natural woman
You have to dance slowly. I have. Thousand times. A pillow provides a willing partner as long as the music is good. The thing about romance is that it is often best experienced personally, without the need to express it. If you love someone, at least sing for them. Even with dubious talent. But the joy of singing for yourself is unrivaled. It makes that feeling of being in love so much on the two of you, and so much more that you are yourself. And that was a rich feeling in many Aretha Franklin songs. At first sight, they pay homage to various lovers. Few layers in it, it is essentially what we are or what we become when we have a relationship.
So much as & # 39; A natural woman & # 39; is aimed at someone who makes you feel good effortlessly, try to sing this in front of a mirror. I do it, and boy, it's all that Aretha stood for. Think
& # 39; Think & # 39 ;, for me is The Blues Brothers . I first looked at the sequel in 2000, in which Aretha resumes her role as Ms. Murphy. As is the case with many films and songs, a sequel leads us to its predecessor, with which he begins a voyage of discovery that brings immense joy.
When Aretha released the song in 1968, the number reached seven. More than a decade later, the song appeared in The Blues Brothers . She wrote this song with her husband Ted White, singing about freedom and respect for women. Her fans call to sing with "Freeeedom!", Singing Think & # 39; along with Aretha was like a hair spa: rejuvenating, pampered and a suspension of the dirt of life and its whims.
Rolling in the Deep (Adele cover)
By the time she paid tribute to Adele and a large number of other vocal demigods, Aretha & # 39; s voice was nowhere near his glorious past. But she turned it into an Aretha song, as she has done so many songs over the years. Interpolating & # 39; Rolling in the Deep & # 39; with Marvin Gaye & # 39; Is not No Mountain High Enough & # 39 ;, she gives it an Aretha treatment that sets her apart from Adele's monumental success.
It has not been easily chosen to belong to her best songs, but there is something so incredibly pleasing and inspiring to someone of her size who pays tribute to a reigning vocal empress. What an honor. Her voice is raspy and at no time betrays the message of the song. Of course, the song is the nightmare of a sound technician with a surprisingly horrible vocal tuning.
But that is not enough to prevent someone from getting up and dancing. Combining a love ballad with a motivational song, this is a musically weak song that makes you want to dance. We are all guilty of that.
Freeway of Love
If you have survived the tinny, synthetic sounds of the band Years 80, you certainly drove with the & # 39; Freeway of Love & # 39 ;. One of 1985's biggest hits in America, & # 39; Freeway of Love & # 39; was a club nest that gave Aretha her 12th Grammy Award.
It is cheerful, creating a clear 80s sonic experience, and not really a lyrical masterpiece. But the 80s had a very synthetic / synthesizer-rich attitude in their songs and Aretha rides it as the champion she was. Of course, as children we have no control over the soundtrack of our lives, but " Freeway of Love & # 39; is a song that I remember when I played ad nauseum at kiddie birthday parties.
Why? Well, melody-made texts usually. It played when we ran to find our places during the Musical Chairs. To this day I can not listen to the song without the pauses where we have to run to the chair, otherwise we will not get out.
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Yes, this is the classic of a Rolling Stones. And it has been time and time again that Queen Aretha chose the songs that she liked and she just made her own. Although this version has not yet fully achieved the cult status of fleeting listeners of Aretha's work, it is one of the most glorious tributes she has paid to a legendary artist.
The opening bass riff in the version of Aretha Franklin sets the tone for what a can expect from this song. She gives it the gospel-y treatment she has personified, takes it out of the typical energy of the Rolling Stones and makes it a slightly slower-but-upbeat Aretha number. Since Mick Jagger was not exactly known for his vocal skills, he goes to Aretha who seems to say: "Role over Jagger, let Aretha take over". This song is all about her voice and a masterclass about how Keith Richards catches up to make Aretha flourish. It makes a great addition to a drive playlist, no matter which version you choose, but it's Aretha's that you're going to sing for. I would.
Publication date: 16 Aug. 2018 22:55 PM
| Date updated: Aug 16, 2018 23:10 PM
Date of update: Aug 16, 2018 23:10 PM