In Your Ear: Aretha Franklin Grammy Award-winning songstress Aretha Franklin opens her music file and tells what she listens to (other than her own hits, of course). The "Queen of Soul" shares her love for R&B singers Keyshia Cole, Charlie Wilson, and some gospel favorites.
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In Your Ear: Aretha Franklin

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In Your Ear: Aretha Franklin

In Your Ear: Aretha Franklin

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Grammy Award-winning songstress Aretha Franklin opens her music file and tells what she listens to (other than her own hits, of course). The "Queen of Soul" shares her love for R&B singers Keyshia Cole, Charlie Wilson, and some gospel favorites.

MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And finally it's time for a segment we call In Your Ear. That's where we ask our guests about the music they're listening to. Today the Queen of Soul.

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. ARETHA FRANKLIN (Musician): Hi. This is Aretha Franklin and I'm listening to Vladimir Horowitz.

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. FRANKLIN: I am a pianist and I particularly like listening to him and his technique and studying his technique.

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. FRANKLIN: Charlie Wilson, his new song, "There Goes My Baby," I really, really like that too.

(Soundbite of song, "There Goes My Baby")

Mr. CHARLIE WILSON (Musician): (Singing) There goes my baby, there goes my destiny. Onliest one for me, there goes my baby.

Ms. FRANKLIN: Keyshia Cole, I'm enjoying something that she did called "I Remember" that I can definitely relate to.

(Soundbite of song, "I Remember")

Ms. KEYSHIA COLE (Musician): (Singing) I remember when I gave up loving you, my heart couldn't take no more of you, I was sad and lonely, I remember when I walked out.

, Ms. FRANKLIN: And listening to some of my father's sermons, Reverend C. L. Franklin without a song.

Reverend C. L. FRANKLIN (Pastor, Detroit Bethel Baptist Church): (Unintelligible) that circumstances, you ought to sing sometime.

(Soundbite of crowd)

Rev. FRANKLIN: And not only sing, sing some Zion song.

(Soundbite of crowd)

Rev. FRANKLIN: I believe you know what I'm talking about.

Ms. FRANKLIN: I gave President Barack Obama a set of his sermons, about 17 of them, and I'm just listening to some of them. My dad's sermons I thought would be an excellent gift for the president as he's a fairly young man. They definitely hold a lot of wisdom that I think would be beneficial to our president.

Rev. FRANKLIN: By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof, for there they that carried us away captive required us a song, and they that wasted us required of us mirth. Sang, sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?

(Soundbite of song, "Walk in the Light")

Ms. FRANKLIN: (Singing) (unintelligible)

MARTIN: That's Aretha Franklin. She's doing "Walk in the Light" from the album "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism" which was recorded in her father's church in Detroit. And we thank the Queen of Soul for telling us what's playing in her ear. Tune in tomorrow to TELL ME MORE when she'll tell us about re-recording "My Country Tis Of Thee," the song that she performed at President Obama's inauguration. And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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