Music Box: The Queen of Soul-pra

In 1998, twenty-two minutes after she was asked to cover for her ailing friend, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin walked on stage at the Grammy Awards to perform the legendary aria “Nessun Dorma." With little time to prepare Franklin performed the aria as is. In Pavarotti's key. No one knew what to expect. No one knew … Continue reading Music Box: The Queen of Soul-pra

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Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

...this song was written for my mother on July 24, 1984 (but I dedicate it to all mothers - and I will post this for as long as this blog remains active). When she died in 1993, I looked at it again and remembered a brief conversation she and I had, shortly before her passing...about … Continue reading Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

Legacy: For Adam, On His 37th Birthday

  (I wrote this in 2012 for Adam's 34th birthday, upon discovering that he had died a few years prior, never having the chance to say goodbye. I'll repost this annually for as long as this blog exists...) ***** Adam and I met 18 years ago during a brisk and stinging winter morning. It sounds … Continue reading Legacy: For Adam, On His 37th Birthday

Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

...this song was written for my mother on July 24, 1984 (but I dedicate it to all mothers). When she died in 1993, I looked at it again and remembered a brief conversation she and I had, shortly before her passing...about how she had forgotten what happiness was truly about, the mistakes she wished she … Continue reading Legacy: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean

Music Box: Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin

    In 1998, twenty-two minutes after she was asked to cover for her ailing friend, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin walked on stage at the Grammy Awards to perform the legendary aria “Nessun Dorma.” With little time to prepare Franklin performed the aria as is. In Pavarotti’s key. No one knew what to expect. No … Continue reading Music Box: Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin