I’d like to share a special time & experience that I had years ago while I was living in NYC. I’m not a professional singer, HOWEVER, I love to sing & dance. If you were to ask me to sing, well I would sing to you - Aretha Franklin’s song ‘Natural Woman’-hands down my favorite song.., I sing it so much that I got really good.. hitting all of the high notes & all.. Here’s my experience: My dear good friend HB Barnum, Aretha’s longtime Musical Director, invited me to see her in concert in Memphis, TN.... I was SO EXCITED & I scurried to pack my suitcase, hailed a taxi to the airport & was on the plane to Memphis. HB picked me up & we headed straight to sound check for what would a sold-out concert.
As I’m there in the Auditorium with my luggage, I can see the band looking puzzled & a bit stressed. Then HB comes up to me that Aretha will not be coming. I’m like WhAAT, so I said ‘Why?? He said she doesn’t FLY! So needless to say, it was a waisted trip. I’m pissed & heck-a-mad.... 🤬
So fast forward, Ms. Franklin is performing at the House of Blues, here in Los Angeles, so I’m definitely Going... I call up my bestie & we head to the HOB... I’m so excited that I’m thinking why is it so doggone hot in this place, is it just me?? So I ask a staff member, - WHY IS IT SO DAMN HOT? It feels like a sauna.🔥 He says, Ms. Franklin has requested to have the air conditioning turned off. In the hot club that night, me & everyone there sweated & I sang every song right with her. Btw she was very sick that night - even holding on to the piano to keep her standing.
She will be so missed. Loved Her!!! 💔