6 thoughts on “Monday Earworm: Aretha Franklin (another one)

      1. Well, in this one case, at least, she was a cover artist. 😉 Either way, they’re both grand.

        I admit I like the musical styling in Aretha’s version better. I also find the subtext of a woman’s singing this song to her partner resonates with me far more than a man’s singing it, but that’s probably just because I grew up under the thumb of a malevolent patriarchy. Oh well! 🙂

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      2. Hmm. Didn’t we all! Yet I have the feeling – and it is just a feeling – that Aretha Franklin was becoming an entertainer for white people, just as Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Diana Ross became. Whereas Otis was pure Stax. Yes, to us he’s a bloke singing a song that means something different when sung by a woman, but that’s the episteme, take it or leave it. Me, I love Aretha when she was firmly in that episteme…

        Like when she sung this…

        Or this…

        But then, just to prove me wrong, she absolutely aced a Burt Bacharach song!

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