Think ! about the Queen of Soul

The birthplace of Aretha Franklin
The birthplace of Aretha Franklin

The small little wooden house is fenced all around when we drive by. A history marker reads: Birthplace of Aretha Franklin. Our driver Tad: ‘This it it folks. This is where the the queen of soul was born’. Silent for a moment to the sight of the simple wooden shack and the poor neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee.

Aretha Franklin passed away today.

When The Blues Brothers film was out, THINK was the first soul record that had an earth quake effect on me. Even more than RESPECT. It was its thriving rhythm, the clear loud soul voice of Aretha Franklin and the simple lyrics that got stuck in my head right away.


You better think (think)
Think about what you’re trying to do to me
Think (think)
Let your mind go, let yourself be free

People walking around everyday
Playing games, taking score
Trying to make other people lose their minds
Ah, be careful you don’t lose yours, oh