Aretha Franklin: Paragon of Vocal Technique

I was in my office frantically catching up on emails when I heard the Queen of Soul had died. Tears began to well up in my eyes as I thought of one more stellar voice leaving our world. Honestly, this visceral response surprised me, since I am not one who cries easily. Perhaps this reaction was due to how ubiquitous Franklin’s voice stylings were, especially in black families.