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Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.
In fond remembrance of The Queen of Soul (1942-2018).
Aretha and I were born in the same year. I'd have loved to sing with her, even just once...
1) As befits one of America's premiere artists, Aretha Franklin sang at three Presidential inaugurations. The first was Jimmy Carter's in 1977, when she sang "God Bless America." What's your favorite patriotic song?
"Born in the USA", by Bruce Springsteen is my favorite. It's sort of a modern Anthem for whatever class I have, and yes, that is funny, but it's also the truth... I am a member of the Class of 1960, and the working class...
2) The daughter of a Baptist minister, Aretha grew up with church music. She told Rolling Stone one of her favorite songs was the hymn, "Victory Is Mine." What's your favorite religious song? Old timey , I like "Bye n Bye".... which I can't find by the Blue Grass Group I like but here is
And there is this more modern one, too... "Down in the River to Pray"...It's really beautiful......
3) She welled up a bit when President George H. W. Bush presented her with the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. When is the last time you shed a tear?
Really? Ah well... the raw emotions....You caught me by surprise.
So I have to say, that time is just prior to reading this question while musing, and then typing out the truth of it all.....so it would be this afternoon when I thought of how much I miss my daughter, and her brilliant mind. I love the way she could figure out the most complex things. I miss her every day and shed some tears about it.
4) In 1980, the Queen of Soul sang for the Queen of England in a Command Performance at The Royal Albert Hall. Have you ever been to London?
No. I thought I'd backpack all over Europe at some point but that point never arrived. I really don't think I missed out on anything; on a personal level, it doesn't matter at all, and it certainly doesn't matter to the world.
5) Since Aretha had many honorary degrees, it would have been appropriate to refer to her as Dr. Franklin. Who is the last person you referred to by his or her title (Officer, Father, Sgt., Dr., etc.)?
That would be our vet. Wolfie needs his allergy meds again, too. Thanks for the Reminder!
6) In this week's song, Aretha tells her lover that it doesn't take a high IQ to understand what's going on in their relationship. Do you know your IQ? No. I did score very high in the College Boards, a test that predated the PSats. Fat lot of good it did me, eh? Lol!
7) A sculpture of Aretha is on display at Madame Tussaud's in New York. Do you think wax museums are cool, or creepy?
I'd probably come down on the side of "Creepy" if I ever went on a tour of the place.
8) Aretha and Motown legend Smokey Robinson were literally lifelong friends, since they were playground buddies in Detroit. Smokey is one of the only people who can claim to have seen The Queen of Soul with a bucket in a sandbox. If we went to the playground today, would you head for the swings, the slide or the jungle gym? Or, like Aretha, would you play in the sand?
I'll see you in the Sand Box, my friend...
9) Random question: Do you like pumpkin seeds?
I like what is called, "Pepitas".
|From The Find Cooking Web page|
These two seeds are not equivalent to each other....
The others, unshelled and unmeaty pumpkin seeds, were tasty when, as kids, we roasted them with Mom, and ate them after Halloween. But when I look back, it was probably because we were always pretty hungry for any treat.