Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Saturday 9 - Think

It's the Saturday 9 and in memory of Aretha Franklin.

Think (1968)
Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

In fond remembrance of The Queen of Soul (1942-2018).

I well remember this song by Aretha and soooo many others.  She was the Queen of Soul indeed and I grew up on her music and still love it to this day.

1) As befits one of America's premiere artists, Aretha Franklin sang at three Presidential inaugurations. The first was Jimmy Carter's in 1977, when she sang "God Bless America." What's your favorite patriotic song?

I pretty much love all patriotic songs but I get chills when I hear Lee Greenwood sing, "I'm Proud to be an American." My goodness, what a song!

2) The daughter of a Baptist minister, Aretha grew up with church music. She told Rolling Stone one of her favorite songs was the hymn, "Victory Is Mine." What's your favorite religious song? 

Well, I too am the daughter of a Baptist minister (long retired now) and nothing can soothe my soul like the old hymns.  I love so many that it's hard for me to say just one but the first one to come to mind was "Amazing Grace."  Right now I'm listening to instrumental old hymns on my Alexa show as I often do in the early morning.

3) She welled up a bit when President George H. W. Bush presented her with the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. When is the last time you shed a tear?

Oh, I can cry with the best of folks and I find it can be so therapeutic.  A good cry cures so much for me.  Earlier this week I shed some tears just as I was reminiscing about a lot of things.  It wasn't what I would call a "big cry."  I can't recall my last "boo hoo feast" but I can assure you it wasn't that long ago. 

4) In 1980, the Queen of Soul sang for the Queen of England in a Command Performance at The Royal Albert Hall. Have you ever been to London?

No, but if it wasn't such a long flight I'd love to go, but it's doubtful I'll ever go.

5) Since Aretha had many honorary degrees, it would have been appropriate to refer to her as Dr. Franklin. Who is the last person you referred to by his or her title (Officer, Father, Sgt., Dr., etc.)?
I cannot remember as it hasn't been recently

6)  In this week's song, Aretha tells her lover that it doesn't take a high IQ to understand what's going on in their relationship. Do you know your IQ?
I do not but am quite sure I am pretty sure I'm in the middle of the spectrum, just good ole average. 

7) A sculpture of Aretha is on display at Madame Tussaud's in New York. Do you think wax museums are cool, or creepy?

I've been to a few wax museums and find them very cool and interesting.  I'm always amazed at how most of the figures are so realistic.

8) Aretha and Motown legend Smokey Robinson were literally lifelong friends, since they were playground buddies in Detroit. Smokey is one of the only people who can claim to have seen The Queen of Soul with a bucket in a sandbox. If we went to the playground today, would you head for the swings, the slide or the jungle gym? Or, like Aretha, would you play in the sand?

Well, at this stage of life it would definitely be the swings. It would be the safest and a whole lot cleaner than sand.  I'm so NOT a sand person. 

9) Random question: Do you like pumpkin seeds?
I have never had any but I think I probably would, especially if they were salted.

Have a super Saturday!!!

Lea @ CiCis Corner
Lea @ CiCis Corner

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!


  1. Hi Lea! Oh Proud to be an American makes me cry. I just love it. It is so powerful. I loved all of your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  2. "Good ole average" is just fine, isn't it? I think that's where I might be, too.

  3. Like you, I think of crying as therapeutic. I think it releases harmful toxins both chemically and emotionally.

  4. I agree that a good cry can bring release from stress and tensions.
    And we need teleporters in the worst way, don't we? ;o) London is an extremely long flight from the West Coast.

  5. My son has often say I'M PROUD TO BE AN much so that I know every word too:) This a.m. in church our pianist played a beautiful rendition of AMAZING GRACE that you would have loved! I've shed a few tears this week...seemed like it was a week of bad news from friends and family who are sick or injured. But this is a new week and I hope (and pray) better news will be heard!!! Now if I could only think of something to write about on my blog!!!! Gotta get a post up soon.

  6. Always enjoy learning more about you my friend, I agree crying is very therapeutic, as I recently found out with our loss of Jack.
    I am very proud to be an American and enjoy all patriotic songs.
    Have a great day.

  7. Aretha will be missed for sure but aren’t we thankful to have her songs forever! Enjoy your day dear friend. Hugs

  8. My kids think it is funny I listen to instrumental music during the day while they are at school but it's so soothing and doesn't add to the "noise". I need to try instrumental hymns! I love Great is Thy Faithfulness but Amazing Grace is right up there too!

  9. What a fun post! We are surely going to miss Aretha! She was one of a kind. I didn't know she was lifelong friends with Smokey - another great!

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