I found this video on the ol’ You Tube and was transported back to 1965, when Aretha Franklin was fresh and new. She had a pixie-like hairdo, and rocked an A-line dress like none other. I miss the days when dreamy harmonies stood in place of histrionic over singing. That’s right, I said it. I miss the days when ballads didn’t get overwrought with melisma and a duet didn’t devolve into almost-yelling.
I love the simple beauty of many of Aretha’s songs from this period.
This is One Step Ahead. Many of you will remember it as the sample used in Mos Def’s Ms. Fat Booty. That song was my JAM! This is my old school throwback jam of the day. Drink it in, bellas!