R.E.S.P.E.C.T (slides)


In 1965, Otis Redding wrote and release this great song. But it actually really came to life when Aretha Franklin covered it in 1967. The two versions are quite different. Redding’s version is a plea from a desperate man, who will give his woman anything she wants. He will not care if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect when he brings money home.[1] However, Franklin’s version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his “respect” – in the form of appropriate levels of physical attention. (Wikipedia). You can easily see why Franklin’s version became an anthem for the women’s movement. Our cover here is based on Aretha’s version and I think you’ll find Jaime Lee Frank’s interpretation quite effective.

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