Aretha: The Voice of America
‘I celebrate having been a witness to her life, and mourn her passing because she was special, and we may not see her equal again’
by Carol Cooper August 17, 2018
Below are my comments to this post.
Rarely do I comment on the same subject within a few weeks but I think considering the ways things are headed right now. It needed. Anyone born, lets say after the 1980’s and came of age in 21st century may not fully what understand the country hasn’t always been the way they see it today. It was a long hard fight to get to where we are today.
We won’t see another like her who was able to transpires across the barriers and make others feels what those who were unable to speak for themselves were saying. Not in our life time. Mainly, because far too many today have no idea what the struggle of the common people is all about. I have heard many try to facsimile the meaning of the struggle in their music but it’s not quite convincing. The song is good, the music great, oftentimes the performance is electrifying but they still fall short of emitting of belief they truly know what they are singing about.
As the author of this article in “The Voice” said may have difficulty gasping just home important Aretha Franklin has been to the America they come to know. Not only in music where you can heard her influence in every performing artist today but in her being a voice for America. When I say America. I’m not implying the privileged. They needed no voice. I’m talking about being a voice for those who had no voice.
Most who attempt this today their music isn’t taken serious as protest. It’s merely viewed as entertainment. I haven’t seen any today able to get the entire nation to sat up pay attention to what they are saying. People who aren’t a member of their fan base to listen to their message. That’s what Aretha was able to do.