Aretha Franklin–Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, the 76 year old “Queen of Soul “died today(Aug. 16,2018) from an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer in her  Detroit,Michigan home under hospice care.

Whenever I think of the state of Michigan, I think of its port city–Detroit also known as Motown—-known also for all kinds of black music, soul,R & B, pop,etc.

I couldn’t help thinking that she also died today on the 41st death anniversary of  the King of Rock and Roll—Elvis Presley. as well as the birthday today of another Michigan native—Madonna.


Being the first female to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as being the first African American female to do so was also an inescapable fact. She also had numerous other music and service awards but the role she prided herself most is being the best mother to her offsprings.

Some of her well-known songs like Respect, Ever Changing Times, Natural Woman and A Change is Gonna Come all reflect her ongoing crusade to bring the importance of a female’s role and contribution to society as well as overcoming racial barriers.

Being a trailblazer is an understatement to define her.

I could see her now riding the Midnight Train to Heaven(not Georgia this time,( excuse the pun) and the late George Michael will be there waiting for her ,reminding me of  their famous duet—I Knew You Were Waiting (for me).

As for me still here on Earth, to quote one of her famous songs—my absolute favorite from her collection—-I Say A Little Prayer for You, I give it as a tribute to her.

Thank you for the music and long live the Queen!






  1. Just searched some of her songs on youtube. Awesome voice. Ty.

    • You’re welcome. Tried checking Amazon here in Canada and found out that all her CDs and vinyls are temporarily unavailable—meaning sold out. Like you, I also grew up in the Philippines(Manila,Quezon City) and heard her songs.

      • Nice meeting you here. Still learning the ropes am a newbie.

      • Welcome! You’ll get it. Takes time for anybody,even me at the beginning.

  2. PS Josie… The radio had most of her songs today. Old IS gold.

    • Yes! Better yet to order her CDs at Amazon once its finally available again. All were sold out once news of her death had spread worldwide. Its on my shopping list for sure. Youtube videos have lots of her music too!

      • Thank you Josie.

      • U R welcome!

    • Likewise. I’m sure she’s singing to the angels in Heaven right now.

  3. Thank you for a beautiful tribute to a musical legend!

    • I will go your site and it will be shown on your contact portion,Lyn.

      • Ok po. Ty

    • Im feeling great. No worries. Just busy with work and the regular life routine. Whenever a topic seems interesting to me, then I blog. Thanks for asking.

  4. said:

    Aretha Franklin I love you and miss you.

  5. wishlistfinish said:

    Lovely post…👌

      • wishlistfinish said:

        my pleasure 😊

  6. Hi. I nominated you for the sunshine blogger award. Please do check it out. Ty.

    • Thanks so much for the honor! Truly am touched.

  7. wishlistfinish said:

    lovely tribute…👍👌😊

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