I have always enjoyed the Kennedy Center Honors show. Every once in a while there is a performance that is nothing less than stunning. Three years ago it was Ann and Nancy Wilson performing Stairway to Heaven as a tribute to Led Zeppelin at the ceremony.
Last night Aretha Franklin’s tribute to Honoree Carol King was broadcast, and she brought down the house. The audience didn’t wait till the end of the performance. Aretha had them standing in the middle of the song. I was standing and cheering in my den along with them and let out a whoop at the end.
Earlier this month, Aretha Franklin graced the Kennedy Center Honors stage to pay tribute to Carole King, one of six honorees this year. Aretha received that same honor more than two decades ago, but if you think she deserved it then, hoo boy, just look at her now: The Queen of Soul arrived to slay, casually strolling across the stage in her floor-length fur coat like it was her living room, tossing her sparkling clutch on the piano and taking her seat at the keys — a rare sight these days. Already, King’s mouth is agape. Barely a minute into “Natural Woman,” which King co-wrote,President Obama’s wiping away tears. The whole room (particularly King, who can’t help but stan out) is mesmerized, but just wait. The moment that makes this one of Aretha’s best and most diva-affirming performances this decade comes toward the end, when she rises from the piano, sings to the heavens, and removes her fur coat and tosses it to the floor like a boss, next to all our jaws. This is what Beyoncé meant by flawless, y’all.
It was 52 degrees F when I decided to go for a night ride to bring in the Winter Solstice. The longest night of the year and a celebration of the goddess Yule and the return of light. The Druids, the Pagans and the Christians have their celebrations of the Christmas season. For those of us who’s only religion is bike riding, the solstice is another reason to get out and ride. Continue reading “Solstice Ride”→
Me, Bri and love my bicycle, may be the only ones in this circle who really enjoy winter riding. The three of us found the joy of year round bike riding from bike commuting to our jobs.
Although I no longer commute to work per se, I get to ride to my volunteer job for four weeks. Other than that, I still enjoy my almost daily winter rides. Most are under 15 miles round trip and they are more often than not a ride to a coffee shop or super market. I always bring a camera which is pretty obvious.