I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece by Matt DobkinThe album that earned soul legend Aretha Franklin her first major hits, I Never Loved A Man the Way I Loved You was a pop and soul music milestone. Apart from its status as a hit record, the album also had a much wider cultural impact. By early 1967, when the album was released, the Civil Rights movement was well underway; Arethas music gave it its theme song. And the single Respect became a passionate call to arms for the burgeoning feminist movement.
Dobkin has unearthed a wonderful story of the creation of an album that goes far beyond anything thats been written about The Queen of Soul before. With scores of fresh interviews--including ones with the session musicians from Muscle Shoals who recorded with Aretha--I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You is the story of a great artistic achievement. Its also a biography of a star who is both more complex and determined than her modern image as a diva indicates.
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Tell me what you want, reader. Tell me what moves you. Play her forever at weddings, play her forever at funerals, or when the lights go out and you feel around in the dark for the warmth of the person you want to be with forever. There is no sound like the sound of a gifted young singer figuring out every corner of what their voice can do. There was a freedom in the early moments. Her album titles sprawled and read as promotional material for a hot new show coming to town, as album titles in that era sometimes did: The Electrifying Aretha Franklin or The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin. On their covers, she was fierce, and carefree.
Given the almost weeklong lead-up to Aretha Franklin's passing Thursday, I thought I'd be more prepared for the news. As the prewritten obituaries poured in, along with the critiques of her musical legacy and analytical examinations of her overall impact on US history, I felt it in my heart to simply talk about the way Aretha made us feel. Our mothers hummed her melodies into our psyches as they rocked us to sleep as babies. They fed us her choruses while nourishing us with their soul food — why do you think we call it soul food?! Her voice permeated our day-to-day lives until it became part of the tapestry of our culture.
Wexler was the Atlantic Records producer who, in , helped raise the singer to her sudden and incomparable soul heights. Her depressions could be as deep as the dark sea.
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Reports that soul singer Aretha Franklin was gravely ill this week inspired an outpouring of affection and appreciation throughout the music world for the beloved Queen of Soul. She died at her Detroit home on Thursday. Sheryl Crow gave voice to the consensus opinion about the unmatched vocalist, when she called Franklin "the most soulful angelic voice that ever was. You are the Queen and we love you. To be the very best on earth at something almost everybody does.
Her father was a Baptist minister and gospel singer while her mother was a gospel singer as well. She was a strong woman who always demanded respect and used her Everyday Power to reach the top of her game. Her music is empowering and we can all draw inspiration from her words of wisdom. In that respect, below are some powerful Aretha Franklin quotes to inspire you to live your best life. I sing to the realists. People who accept it like it is. Falling out of love is like losing weight.
Feels like I've seen you before Maybe in a past life, you were mine and I was yours 'Cause the vibe we share feels so comfortable Is it possible someone could make me lose control. Look what you've done to me Mmm Finding it hard to breathe 'Cause I just can't believe You're feeling me like I'm feeling you. I had to pinch myself Oh 'Cause nobody else has Yeah, yeah Given me such a chill And made me feel the way that you do. Questioning what this is If it's too good to be true I don't wanna fool myself 'Cause I'm fallin' hard for you. Givin' me that old school love Sayin' I'm the only one Showin' me in so many ways That you're crazy for me.