First song from our wedding


  • See the Billy Preston quote at the end of this profile.
  • Longreads collected many of the recent articles here.
  • Today’s appreciation from the Wesley Morris/NYT, with this paragraph:

    Because lots of major pop stars now have great, big voices, maybe it’s easy to forget that most Americans had never heard anything quite as dependably great and shockingly big as Ms. Franklin’s. The reason we have watched “Showtime at the Apollo” or “American Idol” or “The Voice” is out of some desperate hope that somebody walks out there and sounds like Aretha. She established a standard for artistic vocal excellence, and it will outlast us all.

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