African American Legacy Series Spotlight: Ode To The Music Contributions Of Aretha Franklin

I just want to focus on Ms. Franklin’s retooling of other classic songs to point out her musical brilliance. As a trained pianist and arranger she oversaw the construction of those songs and added her own spin. The harmonies alone took these songs in a completely different direction.

In a hat tip to the universe and serendipity here’s a clip from a recent interview on CBS Sunday Morning where she is specifically asked about receiving acknowledgement as a songwriter instead of as a singer alone.

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Jennifer Hudson Where Is Your Moment In Time Song?

This is an open letter to Jennifer Hudson’s management, record label, press and a plea to the singer herself.

It is time for you to have a massive commercial hit!

Jennifer Hudson has been flying below the radar, above the radar and beside the radar for a few years now. I’ve watched her career and growth as a person with increasing interest. I also think JHud – as she’s affectionately known — has led a Job-like life full of career highs [Oscar] and personal lows [the murder of her family]. We all know she can sing rings around practically anyone and have been rooting for her like the ‘underdog’ she is.

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