October 1

Aretha Franklin’s Soulful Performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

A troubled soul will not be in peace but in Christ everything is possible. There are instances in our life that we will be troubled but have faith and cling on to Him.

“Aretha Franklin”

Also called as the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin is known for her rich soulful singing. Thus, labeled as a well-known singer-songwriter and pianist. Furthermore, if you watch her videos, Franklin is often playing the piano. Well, her mom, Barbara Siggers Franklin, was also a gospel singer. I mean, music really runs in the family.



“Gospel goes with me wherever I go. Gospel is a constant with me,” said Aretha Franklin. 

Since her father is a Reverend, her career as a singer started from singing gospel music. Her professional music career began with Columbia Records. In addition, she gained her spot as an artist when she left Columbia and signed with Atlantic Records wherein she was labeled as “The Queen of Soul.

“Bridge Over Troubled Water”

This was, indeed, one of the iconic songs of the duo “Simon and Garfunkel.” The song was included on their fifth final studio album. It was released on January 26, 1970. Afterwards, it was listed on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is timeless with many covers. One of them was from The Queen of Soul, herself.

Eventually, the song talks about hardships and struggles in life. Anyhow, in every darkness, there will be a ray of light for you to give hope. Just like the passage in the bible,

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10.

Trials in life may test our faith but as long as we trust Him, we will overcome everything.

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