“I sing to the people about what matters. I sing to the realists, people who accept it like it is. I express problems. There are tears when it’s sad and smiles when it’s happy. It seems simple to me, but for some people, I guess feelin’ takes courage. When I sing, I’m saying, ‘dig it, go on and try. Ain’t nobody goin’ make ya.”
– Aretha Franklin
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“Aretha Franklin quote: ‘I sing to the people about what matters'” sources: Aretha Franklin portrait is a publicity photo taken in 1968 for Billboard by Atlantic Records – “Aretha Franklin 1968.” Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Foundation, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aretha_Franklin_1968.jpg.