aretha's still alinve and kicking. she even had a concert in dallas either late last year or early this year. the ticket prices were really STEEP though. i couldn't hang wing +$200 for a lousy seat.
from what i can tell, she's touring again this year. she's got 4 in october of this yr alone. so, here's hoping.
i've caught a few minutes of the PBS barbra striesand show - i think it was the last few minutes is all.
i saw her several yrs ago in vegas, maybe 10 or so.....talk about purity of sound. i'll never forget she was interviewed back in the 80s and the reporter asked how she held a note for so long, and she gave a long look back and said "because i want to". LOL
these "new" singers....don't have a thing on those two ladies of voice for sure. not even celine dion can hold a candle to either of them (and i can't STAND celine dion....my skin crawls when i hear her voice). many of the yougsters out on the market now do so much of that dang "warbling" (going up and down with their voices - makes it sound like they can't hold the darn note and winds up sounding like they're whining) and they think it's cool.....
i know a lot of people mix their politics with their entertainment.
but, jeez, they're entertainers. they're not paid to think. they're paid to entertain, either with looks, acting or their vioces.
if i wanted intelligence, i'd go read the encyclopidia or a classical book.