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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 17 August 2018 at 2:19pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Listen to this. Almost enough to "cure" me of my atheism. 
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Rebecca Jansen
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No knock on Aretha as she is and always will be a vocal giant, but I Say a Little Prayer is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick. That is the def version of that for me anyway.Same for Sam Cooke's orginal written and recorded by him A Change Is Gonna Come (it strips the history off that to pick any other as definitive), and Nina Simone's Young Gifted And Black written in memory of a friend of hers... again, that's the def y'all. I understand Aretha just passed but no need to rob from other artists some of their most personal and crucial moments. Aretha has many great moments aside from those having to be put above the original earlier artist's recordings. Elvis doesn't erase Arthur Crudup or Wynonie Harris for example either. You can sure have both or more than two of a song though, don't have to knock down or out another artist at all you see? Thanks. :^)

Aretha: From These Roots is a good book she contributed to herself.
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Her funeral here in Detroit is going to be an 'event' to be sure.

Bill Clinton will speak at her service.  

A motorcade of 100 pink Cadillacs will be a part of her precession (don't laugh....this is VERY much Aretha)

She will lie in state at the Charles Wright Museum of African American history.  I KNOW its going to be massively crowded.  But if I can manage it I'd love to pay my RESPECT.

Her music was the soundtrack of my home as a little boy.  My mom STILL has the ORIGINAL pressings of Lady Soul, Young Gifted and Black, Amazing Grace and others.  

I still get a little lump in the throat listening to Ain't No Way, my favorite song of hers.









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Is it fair to say that Aretha was one of the very few singers who didn't lose the top of her vocal range as she got older? It happens to male singers, at least, all the time, including (I think) Frank Sinatra. It's certainly happened to male singers like Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey. 
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I'm not sure it is fair. Many singers who look after their voices keep their upper range. Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo could still keep those high Cs into advanced age. I think when it comes to popular singers, particularly rock singers, then yes a diminished upper range is not uncommon. That said, Freddie Mercury seemed to go miraculously higher despite serious sickness and age and the Big O never seemed to lose anything on the upper end, despite smoking like a chimney his whole adult life.

In general, I think if you look after your vocal chords, you keep your range, which is why rock singers tend to suffer and opera singers don't. Renee Fleming is pushing 60, yet sounded fresh as a daisy at McCain's funeral.
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