My secondary school days would have been boring without Aretha Franklin songs to dance to on Saturday night Shake-Shake. This was the time to forget my studies and just sing, dance and laugh with my friends at school. R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Natural Woman, Say A Little Prayer bring back such good memories. The energy in her voice, the beautiful unique sound, that was fighting all the wrongs she had seen and at the same time letting the love of God’s gift reverberate into our souls to strengthen and replenish the spirit. Unknowingly to me, this was also a preparation for my early years in England. Many, many decades after, I still have the joy to sing and dance and say a little prayer when I heard she was very ill. Rest in peace, Aretha Franklin.