“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” Sung by Aretha Franklin, was initially written by the great Carole King. I was sitting in class during my MUSIC 290 class when I learned this. Til this very day, I am so very grateful I took a couple music courses as my electives during my last year of college. Those courses changed the trajectory of my life, as it inspired my dreams of exploring and pursuing the music realm. And was in the part, the reason behind the creation of this blog that I still very much believe in 2/3 years later. I want to spread and pass on the knowledge that was taught to me and the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years to you guys.
“A Natural Woman” was one of the songs that inspired me as an artist. Both the vocals and the lyrics/ message is so empowering, it spoke to me. And for me, it’s only a reminder of how powerful and impactful good music is after years and years since it’s birth. Years later, it has become the song that inspired a generation of soul singers today. Below is the audio and performance by Franklin (2015), if you would like to take a listen. Along with Carole King’s 1972 performance.
Ya’ll if this song doesn’t get you up & moving, stirring your soul.. oof! child!
I don’t know what will! So, so, so grateful to have grown up with such legendary artists to bless my soul & ears
♩He’s sweatin’, he’s got to conquer, he’s sweatin’ by the hour He’s sweatin’, he’s got the taste, still sweatin’ on the flower He’s sweatin’, he can’t stand it He’s makin’ moves that’s how he planned it He’s not satisfied with the best, he’ got to check out all the rest♩
Though we a see a rapid change in the music culture of the 21st century today, let us throw it back 48 years ago to 1972, when Franklin recorded her album Amazing Grace near my hometown in South Los Angeles. Here music reminds me of when music was raw & authentic & not to sound trite, but from the soul.. When classics were classics, without the “extra-ness” of what we see in modern artists today via i.e. over audio- editing, auto-tune, hyper-sexualization, over edited music videos, shock value, etc.
Amazing Grace is a live gospel album by American soul singer Aretha Franklin. It was recorded in January 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptish Church in Los Angeles, with Reverend James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir accompanying Franklin in performance. The recording was originally released as a double album on June 1, 1972, by Atlantic Records. The album was a critical and commercial success, selling over two million copies in the United States alone and earning a double platinum certification. It also won Franklin the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance. As of 2017, it stands as the biggest selling disc of Franklin’s entire fifty-plus year recording career as well as the highest-selling live gospel music album of all time. (“Amazing Grace Aretha Franklin album” 23, May 2019, para. 1/2)
I just arrived home from work and thought I’d continue the conversation I was having with my uber driver here with you guys on WordPress..
Today, the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin, has passed away.
To not acknowledge the tragedy of her death would not sit right with me. I remember when I first heard Respect, I was around 10-11. Respect was the first song I ever performed in front of an audience. It was the first song that introduced me to the gift of music. It was the first song I ever feltsomethingthrough music. Her voice was a true inspiration and a gift from another world.
I thank Ms. Franklin for my love of music today.
We mourn her death as many of us as paid tribute across all social media platforms. Many singers and musicians alike such as Jojo, Nicki Minaj, Keke Wyatt, Jessie J, and other important figures such as Michelle Obama to name a few have all expressed their sorrow on Instagram. And I feel their words. As the article states, it truly is an end of an era. Ms. Franklin was the Queen of Soul. She paved the way for many artists we knew/ know now, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, etc. No one can ever compare and I don’t think anyone ever will. I would love to hear ya’ll thoughts, comment below.
This is for Ms. Franklin, and the legacy she left behind. May she #RestInPower.