THE Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has passed away at the age of 76.
In our city, where music anchors our souls, we are all mourning. It feels like even the skies are opening up and crying out as a storm passes through the city this morning.
Here is what some New Orleanians are saying as we grieve the passing of a musical legend, who taught us all what it means to be a Natural Woman and that we all deserve R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Rest in Peace Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.
The world lost an incredible voice today.
— New Orleans JazzFest (@jazzfest) August 16, 2018
Rest in Peace to an icon and the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4YLQwja1Gf
— SAINT HERON (@SaintHeron) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin with Dr. John who played on her recordings of "Young, Gifted and Black” and “Spanish Harlem.” Rest in Peace Aretha. pic.twitter.com/sPrvzgS3Ha
— Dr. John (@akadrjohn) August 16, 2018
The voice and the stories through song that touched so many of us, silenced. You knew when she opened her mouth, and her heart and soul, your were witnessing something very special- as she gave you a piece of herself. May you Rest In Peace, beautiful #QueenOfSoul. TY. #Aretha pic.twitter.com/Mw3RSvCG5P
— Louisiana Yallers (@LouisianaYaller) August 16, 2018
Can you imagine when Prince, Whitney, and Michael CUTTING UP when they see Aretha?! 😩😩
— Lawrence ✨ (@NotoriousH_I_M_) August 16, 2018
All you need to know about how legendary Aretha Franklin was. The first woman (of any race) enshrined in the Rock and Roll hall of fame.
— Mark Caesar (@pissyopants1) August 16, 2018
— Timothy David Ray (@TimDavidRay) August 16, 2018
— Geaux Natural (@geauxnatural) August 16, 2018
I’ll think of Aretha every time someone asks me if I wanna put my purse down. She knew better, and I do too. pic.twitter.com/ryU5vcGpCB
— Kelly McClure (@WolfieVibes) August 16, 2018