It took me a while but in my late teens, early twenties I became aware of Aretha Franklin’s magnitude. A voice that rocked like an earthquake in her up tempo commanding demanding tunes and curled in on you like Persian cat on her ballads.

I witnessed Aretha Franklin in full command of her music, band and audience at a concert some years back. A powerhouse.

A song I heard of hers I immediately felt drawn toward is, ‘Oh Me Oh My’. I heard it on a cassette tape (!!!) I bought (a while back) of her greatest hits. I don’t ever remember hearing this one on the radio, but to me it’s one of her greatest.

I will miss all Aretha Franklin spoke to me of through her life – respect, freedom, justice and decency.