Five Facts About Aretha Franklin

She was from Motown but was not a Motown artist. Despite growing up with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and The Temptations, Aretha was not a Motown artist. Her father The Rev. Cleveland Franklin was a nationally known minister whose recorded sermons were big sellers. As such, he had strong connections in the... Continue Reading →

The Knives Are Out

(They smile in your face) All the time they want to take your place The back stabbers (back stabbers) All you fellows who have someone and you really care, yeah, yeah Then it's all of you fellows who better beware, yeah yeah Somebody's out to get your lady A few of your buddies they sure... Continue Reading →

Ode to The Queen of Soul

Chain, Chain, Chain . . . Chain of Fools. Most people probably came to Aretha in the spring of 1967 when Respect hit the airwaves. Even more came the next year when Think was released. I arrived in between those moments with Chain of Fools. I grew up in a house where music was central.... Continue Reading →

Miscellaneous Mid-Week Musings

This post is basically an excuse to alert those of you who stay up late enough after the show to get the Musings when they are hot and fresh, you may not want to do that this Sunday. My Idols, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, have a big playoff game at the same... Continue Reading →

Miscellaneous Midweek Musings

In my last post, I began with an apology to Caleb for strongly doubting his ability to sing a Prince song. Since I’m not used to being wrong, I failed to recognize that I also needed to apologize to My Girl Gabby, seeing as how I wrote this about her decision to sing How Come U... Continue Reading →

Miscellaneous Midweek Musings

Idol’s ratings had an impressive bounce-back from last Sunday’s all-time low when it was up against the American Country Music Awards. 8.4 million viewers watched Sunday’s first performances by the Final Fourteen, up from the 7.4 million the week before. Moreover, Monday’s elimination show gained slightly over the prior Monday at 7.6 million AND almost... Continue Reading →

A Question Answered (for now)

In my blog post that preceded the Idol reboot, I asked five questions. Here is my answer to the first one (for now). Will anybody watch? Here are the ratings to date: Sunday, March 11 Premiere: 2.3 rating[1]/10.3m viewers Monday, March 12: 1.8/8.4m viewers Sunday, March 18: 1.8/7.7m viewers (up against NCAAs) Monday, March 19:... Continue Reading →

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