Amid rumours of pancreatic cancer (which she denies) at age 69 Ms. Aretha Franklin is still singing, touring and being her most fabulous self. Yesterday at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Aretha did something amazing. During the competition, Ms. Franklin had her manager approach pianist Kris Bowers during a break in the competition. Aretha was impressed with his talent and hired him on the spot to be her new pianist. The lad had not yet won the competition when she made him the offer. Kris Bowers, a Julliard master pianist, did go on to win the competition. It was a good day for Kris Bowers.
I can't pick a favorite song by Ms. Franklin, so I whittled it down to one. "A Bridge Over Troubled Water" Some things still weigh heavy on my heart.
And if you're not in too big a hurry today. Just sit a spell and listen.
Have a lovely Wednesday everyone.