Let Your SOUL Glow...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T. You know you know the rest!

Yes, there's a lot going on in the world (Don't I know it!). But, please, it's summer, it's Friday...Don't you want to hear some great tunes? You know you love Aretha (or as we'd say "Aretha and them"...actually, it's more like, "Aretha 'N 'dem"). It's the SUMMER OF SOUL (love, whatever...) retrospective. Forty years later.

Yea, yea we got the idea from Rolling Stone...don't hate.

And because it's our job to inform and enlighten, as well as entertain, we are going to visit every Friday for the next few weeks with Mark Anthony Neal professor extraordinaire at Duke University, and some other commentators on the Summer of Soul. We'll explore why it mattered musically, what the songs and the artists were trying to say, politically, and what it means to us now.

Do you have a favorite song or artist from that summer? I am notoriously terrible at remembering song titles, so don't ask me. But I do find it very funny that I know all the lyrics to all of Aretha's songs (they must have been playing them in the operating room when my mother gave birth).

Have a great weekend. And don't forget, tell us YOUR song. And if your favorite isn't from 1967, don't despair. We still want to hear from you...



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It's got to be "Respect" by the Queen of Soul herself - Aretha Franklin. I've been reading about the 40th anniversary the past couple of weeks but out of all the songs, "Respect" is the one that resonates with me the most. It's just one of those songs that no matter how many times you've heard it, you (and nobody) dare change the dial when it comes on the radio.

Sent by Moji | 9:13 AM | 7-23-2007

You are on time and on point. Americans want to know their history and need to know that its artists of all types reflect it, sometimes with painful honesty clothed in great beats, bright colors, or poignant dance.

Sent by Dr. Philip Rogers, Spelman College - Atlanta, Ga. | 2:41 PM | 7-25-2007

I really don't have a favorite song of the summer, but my favorite summer album is Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life. Man, that album has some great songs (I Wish, Sir Duke, Black Man) and a bonus song called Ebony Eyes that's just so uplifting. This album brings back a lot of memories for me.

Sent by Alison Gibson | 10:51 PM | 7-26-2007


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