Today I was surfing the net trying to get my Obama fix and I ran across a website where the host stated that it seemed like Aretha Franklin had an “off day.” Many people agreed(including moi) but there had some folks that came on who were bashing the younger folks because of their opinion saying things like,”respect your past young people” as if saying Re Re sounds bad is disrespecting your past somehow. I hate it when older folks try to bash younger people just because they are older as if being older (40’s and 50’s) makes your opinion more valid somehow. So, here I am, an old foggie defending the young uns.
I am not young nor is my husband, in fact, Retha is only 6 years older than he is. I saw Aretha Franklin when she was on the Ed Sullivan show(see that’s how old I am, some of you are wondering what the heck is that..lol) When Re started singing, my hubby looked at me with that*gas face*(thanks LadyLee for that phrase) that pretty much said it all. My father who is 80 years old, first response was “Retha can’t sing no more.” But, it really doesn’t matter how old you are, if you had functioning ears you could hear she was having an off day. I didn’t expect her to sound like she did when she was in her peak but sadly, she has lost her pipes.
Not that it really mattered to us, we love Retha. Seeing her up there took me back momentarily to a time in my life when life was simple. When the milkman brought milk,juice, and eggs to our doorstep; when you knew the name of your mailman,the garbage men and every neighbor in your area.
When Ed Sullivan put on a “reeeally big show.”
When Soul Train with Don Cornelius was the hippest train around…love,peace and sssoooouullll!
When people you heard on the radio did not sing…..they could SAAAANG.
All in all,yesterday was simply beautiful…. even with “The Queen of Soul” having an off day.