All Hail the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, whose name means “Virtue Free-born”, has passed–on the same day that Elvis Presley died–but her musical legacy is of historical proportions and earned her the quasi-mythological title Queen of Soul.

I’m celebrating her by listening to her songs. In the sixties, amid the rage of the civil rights movement and the women’s movement, she gave people an anthem: RESPECT. In later years, she gave us Something he can feel–which was remade by En Vogue–, Freeway of Love, did a duet with George Michael, sang a cover of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, sung for President Obama at his inauguration, and made him cry. My favorite Aretha song is Say a Little Prayer.

About hiramcrespo

Hiram Crespo is the author of 'Tending the Epicurean Garden' (Humanist Press, 2014) and 'How to Live a Good Life' (Penguin Random House, 2020), and founder of He's also written for The Humanist, Eidolon, Occupy, The New Humanism, The Secular Web, Europa Laica, AteístasPR, and many other outlets.
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