Reviews in 200 Words

Etta James (Tribute)

In podcast, Uncategorized on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

No doubt iTunes and Spotify have been blown up with Etta James searches since the announcement of her death last Friday. She was a legend. She is a legend. These people never really die. But the news is crushing: just the knowing that we won’t get any more from them—that we’ll have to savior what we already have. The first thing that I listened to when I got the news, was her rendition of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” I know: not “At Last” or “I’d Rather Go Blind”? I always think it’s momentous when legendary artists try their hand at someone else’s material. I like that. An acknowledgment of admiration for other artists. A reminder that even the most famous—the most admirable—absolutely love the creativity of their craft, and are constantly learning. (Also, I kind of have a thing for Prince). But then I listened to “Something’s Got A Hold On Me,” and damn: such an anthem of the dizziness that comes with falling in love. James has that intoxication: she gives me butterflies for real. Celebrate this woman and this voice—get the hell out of your chair and give the woman a movement.

-Micah Ling

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