Hi, Everybody!!! Welcome back to the countdown.
Vintage Shiny Brite ornaments found on Pinterest (original source unknown).
We lost today’s singer over the summer, and a part of me died that day, too. I still have not stopped crying. My world lost a great deal of its light. Life will never sound the same without her in it.
She was without a doubt the greatest female singer this world has ever known. In 1958 when she was 16, she met singer Sam Cooke, who died 54 years ago today at the age of 33. He wanted her to sign with his label, RCA Records. However, her father-a minister who was her first manager-eventually had her sign with Columbia Records. She and Cooke remained friends and fans of each other’s work, and she recorded several of his songs after his death, most notably “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1967) and “You Send Me” (1968), She referred to him as “a prince of a man”.
From the second I heard she died, all I could think of was how even more beautiful Heaven sounded now that she and Cooke could sing together. I cannot even imagine what a breathtaking sound that was. The true definition of Heaven itself.
Yes, I believe in Heaven. And I believe one day I will be there myself. And after I have thanked God in person for everything he gave me, and hugged and kissed all my family and friends that passed before me, I want to be front and center to hear this woman sing with Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Jackie Wilson, Luciano Pavorotti and anyone else she chooses. Maybe Jim Morrison??? And then I will bow to her, which is the appropriate action to take when meeting a Queen.
Aretha Franklin: “Angels We Have Heard On High” (2008).
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Until next time, happy listening!!!