There have been more than a few musical revelations in my life. But it was Aretha Franklin who really awoke my musical mind, filled it with a sense of truth and direction. Her music crossed the borders of the USA and the ocean with ease and even as a child it seemed obvious that this is great and important music – and fun as well! Her energy, timing, timbre, her jubilating power and richness of seemingly effortless ornamentation filled me with awe. How often did one together with friends or strangers spontaneously join into singing the refrains?! Soul was and remains music that creates spiritual community and identification, that is equally honest and beautiful - and Aretha Franklin personified that like no other. Thank You!