The Queen of Soul is dead. Long live the Queen, and remembering my special connection to her.
Photo: Aretha Franklin sings during a recording session at Atlantic Records on January 9, 1969, in New York City. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
The following is from one of my first dozen or so podcasts in 2015. I was new at it, nervous as hell and still had not gotten a handle on engineering the sound properly. Regardless, I still wanted to put it out, as it was Aretha's music that I wanted to celebrate my 20 year anniversary with my husbear Travis. Halfway through the hour-long program, you will understand why. This is the post page as it appeared in 2015, with the stream or download option available now, as it wasn't at that time.
Love to you all, and again, thank you Ms. Aretha Franklin.
"Anything done for love is never in vain." – Ben Brown Jr.
Normally, this is where I write a few lines about the music or musicians in the podcast. Today is different.
This is a special surprise podcast that celebrates the lesser known work of Aretha Franklin from 1964 until 1977. Why Aretha? Well, no one really needs an excuse to do a podcast on the Queen of Soul, but I will give you one anyway: it was on this day 20 years ago that my husband and I started our relationship, and it was on this day 10 years ago that we were married in British Columbia. Here are some snapshots.
One of the songs in the second half of the podcast, "Ain't No Way", is our wedding song, and they even played it at the store for us. It didn't hurt that it also happened to be currently for sale from the store, either. Timing people, timing.
Yes, we were married at 9:00 a.m., in a foreign country, in a coffee shop wearing tourist T-shirts, cutoff jeans and leather gear. A marriage isn't about a ring or ceremony: a marriage is about a commitment. Thank you Travis for 20 years of putting up with my craziness. I love you more than this could ever tell you here.
1. Break It To Me Gently, 1977, from Sweet Passion
2. Lee Cross, recorded 1964, released early 1967 on the LP Take It Like You Give It
3. Drown In My Own Tears, 1967, from I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You
4. A Brand New Me, 1972, from Young, Gifted and Black
5. It Ain’t Fair, 1970, This Girl's In Love With You
6. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning, 1964, from Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington
7. Angel, 1973, Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)
8. Ain’t No Way, 1968, from Lady Soul (mono single version) B-side to "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone"
9. Master of Eyes, 1973, single only A-side
10. So Long, 1969, from Soul 1969
11. Hooked On Your Love, 1976, from Sparkle
12. Runnin’ Out of Fools, late 1964, from Runnin’ Out of Fools
13. Spirit In the Dark (Live), 1971, from Aretha Live at Fillmore West
Love to you all.
Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
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