R.I.P. Aretha Franklin – A tribute to the Queen of Soul

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin – A tribute to the Queen of Soul

This week saw a truly legendary artist get a truly legendary send-off as the funeral of Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, took place in Detroit. Over the best part of nine hours, many of the great and good of soul music took turns to pay tribute in a ceremony dripping in gospel and heart, befitting a lady who began her singing career in the church. Of the numerous performances through the day from the likes of Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande, none were better than Gladys Knight’s fusing of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ Read more »

Pink Cadillac: Sex, cars and dancing mechanics.

Pink Cadillac: Sex, cars and dancing mechanics.

The history of the car song is a long and varied one, and the use of the motor-vehicle as a lyrical subject is one that is drenched in metaphor and euphemism. Indeed, the history of such things is almost as old as the car itself. In the 1930’s legendary blues singer Robert Johnson’s first single was the self-penned ‘Terraplane Blues’ which included choice couplets like “I’d said I flash your lights, mama, you horn won’t even blow” and “I’m gonna heist your hood, mama, I’m bound to check your oil”. More famous examples would come later, not least the soul Read more »