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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!

 

Josie

 

 

 

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Margot Kidder, 69 yrs old,a Canadian actress who got her big break in Hollywood by portraying the fictional character Lois Lane in the Superman movie franchises, alongside the late Christopher Reeve in the starring role, had passed away yesterday in her sleep.

She has had a long acting career but her signature role will always be that of Lois Lane. Even if other capable actresses can do that role, it will always be identified with Margot Kidder. Same with Christopher Reeve for the Superman character.

She also lived life to the fullest with all its ups and downs—-doing the celebrity life, dating well-known actors and politicians, experienced homelessness, bipolar disorder and even drug addiction. It was that drug addiction that woke her up to reality and started her advocacy for mental health awareness.

She has always dropped comments of her  Canadian roots yet fully aware of her Hollywood big breaks in the USA.

I could see her now flying like a bird straight up to the Pearly Gates without Superman holding her like in the movies with the minus one tape of their movie theme song—Can You Read My Mind? playing along during her ascent.

Thank you Ms Kidder for the memories (as the great Bob Hope would say) and adieu,Lois Lane !!!

 

Josie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a throwback to the movie title “When Harry Met Sally”, majority of the folks in London were thrilled with yesterday’s engagement  announcement of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.

Ms. Markle represents a  modernizing change to the Royal Monarchy in England,considering her social background(which I do not need to mention anymore since the press has played it to the hilt).

Prince Harry himself has been a nonconformist and living his life on his own terms since his early years though as he matured later on, he took on his royal duties and advocacies with great heart and zeal.

This couple obviously share similar views and likes in life as well as realistic expectations as how their life together will be as time goes by.

What’s important will be their continuing devotion to one another which will help go through the good and not so good times to come their way.

When Prince Harry met Meghan for the first time, he said that he knew that she is “The One.” And the rest as they say, is history.

When Harry met Meghan,indeed!!!

Best wishes to both of them!

 

Josie

 

 

 

 

On a belated note, the recent death of  81 year old country music icon Glen Campbell who had been struggling with dementia (specifically Alzheimer’s Disease)is a pivotal moment for him who wanted to leave a mark in this world and to say goodbye in his own way. He did it his way and I applaud him for that. He was able to do it while his mental faculties were still intact at that time and savoring every moment of it with the support of  his family,friends and fans.

I could see him now with his big white horse,wearing his studded cowboy outfit(rhinestones of course) and riding towards the heavens with the musical backdrop of his great hit—Rhinestone Cowboy.

Josie

Jerry Lewis,comedy icon and philanthropist/fund-raiser for the National Muscular Dystrophy Foundation had died yesterday at age 91 after a brief illness.

May you rest in peace and as your ending song after each MD fundraiser states, You Will Never Walk Alone as the angels escort you to the Pearly Gates. I’m sure your comedy team partner Dean Martin will be waiting for you up there to greet you a warm welcome.

Josie

When I heard today that Sir Roger Moore had passed away after a short time, bravely battling cancer, I felt sad since I had always enjoyed watching him  in the movies portraying the suave British spy James Bond,Agent 007 as well as the crime-fighting tycoon Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint. He had a massive movie and theatre career but definitely the 2 aforementioned roles were his most famous ones.

He had been  more involved now with UNICEF, being a high-profile United Nations representative for children’s causes worldwide. This was one role that he relished the most until the end of his life.

Him being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II is like a cherry on a big cake. If this were part of a movie story line, it would appear as if the Queen had just knighted James Bond,Agent 007 who always serves at the pleasure of his Royal Highness.

Though I don’t drink liquor, much less a martini like James Bond, to Sir Roger, I salute you with my non-alcoholic drink,shaken,not stirred as you’d like it.

Salut!

Josie

With all that has been going on in this world  regarding terrorism, the fact that this time, in Manchester UK, it involved  a terrorist attack,bombing a concert by a popular American pop singer(Ariana Grande) who’s providing  good entertainment to a group of young people (teenagers, tweens) has sent chills and sadness to me.

A suicide bomber did his job and left  indescribable heartbreak to families and loved ones of the very young  victims whether they’re dead, injured or missing.

Second-guessing as to how to improve security in any public event will always come up. Unfortunately, we all learn by hindsight. It goes to show that nothing’s safe anymore.

I  feel sorry for Miss Grande who surely must be feeling distraught that her fans came to see her , only to later on meet their respective fates. I hope that this  awful experience will not prevent her from performing ever again but to use this very moment  to find new purpose in performing for her fans.

My thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this awful tragedy.

 

Josie