The 31st of August, 2018 will forever be known as the day Detroit sent off a grand farewell to the Queen of Soul in a fleet of pink Cadillacs. And may this post stand as an homage to the voice and spirit of the artist whose life changed the landscape of American music.

Sun sign, Aries. Books, many. Inner avatar? Oh how we wish we knew! This is one interview we really regret not having.

In dedication to Aretha Franklin, we celebrate her influence by thinking of all the times she covered our favorite songs. After all, is there a better stamp of greatness than the ability to take the perfectly formed things around you and make them your own? We think not.

Thanks for making the world a little more Aretha.

For a deeper look into her life and legacy, we suggest Larry Mongo’s interview in remembrance of his late friend.