you're totally right, and I'm sort of tilting at windmills here
it makes sense why Aretha goes down the smoothest as this iconic soul singer, even if I find that to be a little boring... I think I just find many people to be boring... like, they've got their Aretha greatest hits CD, and that's enough for them... go rot, ye boring peoples! I mean, sh*t, I was taking a shower almost crying listening to Nina do Just In Time the other night!
I just think that if our mainstream cultural discourse was a little less safe and tame, more people would be interested in more diverse stuff and not playing the same 10 boring songs over and over. that's kind of what I'm getting at with all this ranting... like, hopefully, some young people become obsessed with Nina or the Charmels or the Supremes or something... instead of just following the dollars.