We won’t see the likes of Aretha Franklin again

IMAGE: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, performs the American national anthem canada goose outlet uk sale at the NBA finals, June 15, 2004 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Photograph: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Every time I heard Britney Spears sing, I used to think of Sister Celine, the singing teacher at school. Not that there is the slightest resemblance between the two.

But I often thought that if she had ever watched one of the svelte Ms Spears’ performances, Sister Celine, dumpy and with an incipient moustache, would have fainted away with shock.

Suggestive lyrics and outr dancing would have been but part of her pain: The poor quality of the music superstar’s voice would have been no less distressing.

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It is clear that Ms Spears did not follow this or any other meaningful canada goose outlet online uk voice technique, a weakness that pitch correction software masks as much as the extravagant visual productions that accompanies her songs.

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It is unlikely that Sister Celine would have heard of Aretha Franklin who died on August 16 at age 76.

The closest this puritan, curmudgeonly nun with the voice of an angel came to following “popular music” was Doris Day’s Que Sera Sera from The Man Who Knew Too Much and Debbie Reynolds in The Singing Nun.

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I’d like to think she would have strongly approved.

IMAGE: The Queen of Soul at the US Open, September 7, 2002, Flushing Meadows, New York. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

To say Aretha ticked all the boxes when it came to voice technique the use of the ab muscles, the delivery through ‘the roof of the mouth’, the flexibility that comes with regularly singing scales is like calling Cristiano Ronaldo an efficient footballer.

Regretfully, I discovered Aretha only canada goose outlet mississauga in the late seventies, long after she had made Respect the anthem of both the civil rights and feminist movements canada goose outlet nyc in America and had taken the world by storm with her rendition of A Natural Woman.

She was already the acknowledged Queen of Soul, the genre of African African music that links the sounds of Motown with gospel overtones.

Since soul is neither pop, rock or jazz, Aretha didn’t figure on All India Radio’s Musical Bandbox or Lunch Time Variety, the two principal sources of my knowledge of Western contemporary music, or in Willis Conover’s Jazz Hour on the Voice of America.

canada goose store It was only thanks to Harmony House, a treasure trove of all Western music on Chowringhee Road in what was then Calcutta, that canada goose outlet black friday I first heard Aretha on a vinyl album called This is Soul, and was transfixed by the range and virtuosity of her voice (Otis Redding was the other great discovery). canada goose store

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canada goose uk shop By the eighties, Calcutta was in terminal decline as a cosmopolitan cultural centre, and the chance of hearing more of Aretha were slim. canada goose uk shop

Machine pop canada goose outlet 80 off and rock and rap dominated the Western music scene, some of it good, and for jazz you canada goose outlet store montreal went to screenings organised by the American Centre (bless their generous hearts).

Then came economic liberalisation, and with it the access to foreign music CDs.

Among my earliest buys was Aretha’s Greatest Hits, with her stunning opening rendition of Think. The album turned out to be a great buy because it covered the full range of Aretha’s career.

The gospel tones on which she honed her style in her father’s church had evolved she yoked her distinctive sound to disco, straight pop and even rock, and somehow made it work.

Listen to I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), her 1986 duet with Wham’s George Michael, to understand the versatility of her talent.

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I now learn that Aretha was a careful and exacting music arranger as well. canada goose outlet germany Those abilities on the album are on full display in Bridge over Troubled Waters, the harmony with her background singers transforming the Simon and Garfunkel hit ballad into a goosebump inducing hymn.

At Barack Obama’s inauguration, the first time I had heard her ‘live’, her powerful performance of Mr Country, Tis of Thee, sung in sub zero temperatures, more than made up for the bizarre headgear she had chosen for the ceremony.

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