The Queen of Soul has died at 76

When I think of Aretha Franklin, this is the decade that comes to mind:

It’s 1967, I’m 12 years old, and my mom has put the 45 on our tiny mono record player with the tone arm that automatically goes right back to the beginning when the song is over. And the one song plays on and on for hours.

I’ll quote Steely Dan here:

Hey, 19! That’s ‘Retha Franklin.
She don’t remember the Queen of Soul.
Hard times befallen the soul survivors.
She thinks I’m crazy, but I’m just growin’ old.

Space age love song

Just scanning videos this morning, and saw this and thought, “God, those guys are old.”

Because I remember the time I saw them in concert, and they looked like this:

But that was the ’80s.

Then I realized, I was older then than they were. Which means I’m older now than they are.

God, I’m old.

But at least I have my hair.

When did Africa become a thing?

According to Esquire, the Toto song “Africa” is a postmodern thing.

Unlike other similarly delightful synth-rock tracks from the era such, Toto’s “Africa” seems like an old hurt that just won’t quit. From beloved TV shows such as Master of None and Stranger Things, to a Twitter bot that tweets its lyrics from the song several times a day, the song seems to have captivated a new generation. Just this March, a video uploaded by an ingenious idiot who hacked his Volvo 240’s door chime to play the song was viewed over 3.5 million times.

So we go from this:

To a choir rendition in 2013:

To today’s rendition from Weezer:

Not that I’m complaining. The song is on my iPhone playlist. But I’m an old guy. What’s their excuse?