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Friday, June 02, 2006

The Queen of Soul and The Dixie Chicks


In 1968 fellow Detroiter, Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin spelled out these letters in the song that became a feminist anthem for American women. Even though the seven-lettered word is loaded with multiple meanings, everybody wants it. Rodney "I don't get no respect!!!" Dangerfield wanted it. The rich buy it, the powerful force it, and the religiously anointed threaten punishment and doom to secure it in perpetuity.

Authority demands respect! Kings, conquerors, dictators, popes, prime ministers, politicians, pastors, rabbis, imans, judges, and all levels of bureaucrats demand respect. Husbands have tried to beat it into wives, parents have attempted to beat it into children and armies march it, bomb it, shoot it, and kill it into enemies and civilians alike.

Costumes have been devised to insure respect. Decorated uniforms, golden crowns, badges, wigs of significance, long flowing robes, and designer suits have been accessorized with scepters, medallions, riding crops, and dark glasses. Respect has even been required by, confined to, and bestowed upon persons with lighter skin colors.

Respect is viewed by some as an entitlement. It is not. Attempts to enforce regard and reverence result not in respect, but in obedience and compliance. RESPECT is and always has been EARNED. It is only after respect has been earned that it can be given. That the fanny of George W. Bush occupies a chair in the Oval Office does not entitle "his heinie" to anyone's respect. George W. has done nothing to merit respect and is devoid of any character traits that would inspire it.

The Dixie Chicks have EARNED my respect and the respect of thousands of Americans who value straight forward honesty, courage, and the freedom of speech. More than half of the citizens in this country are not only "ashamed" of the current president, they are angry and sickened by him, his policies, and his damn atrocity-ridden war. We the People are "Not Ready to Make Nice". We'll make nice when Bush and Cheney are impeached and Rumsfeld is tried for war crimes.

BRAVO to Detroit's diva Aretha who sang it out in 1968. BRAVO to the true blue Dixie Chicks from Texas who are putting it into harmony today. BRAVO ladies for speaking out and not backing down! Thank you Aretha for giving us the song that helped American women stand up for themselves. Thank you Natalie, Emily, and Martie for publically speaking against Bush and the war when the rest of us were denied a voice. Thank all of you for exemplifying the best of womankind.

Yesterday, I ordered ordered the Dixie Chicks newly released CD, "Taking the Long Way" from Amazon where it is currently available for $9.98 - a very good price!

Visit the Dixie Chicks Web site here.
Order the CD from Amazon here.
Click here to visit The Queen of Soul's official website and preview Aretha's new release, "So Damn Happy".

R-E-S-P-E-C-T What a Concept!
.......Kitchen Window Woman.......


Blogger Hayden said...

I bought it last week - the first one of theirs I've gotten, and directly as a result of the controversy. I hear that the recording company at first resisted the rock feel, and they responded with something along the lines of "you want us to cater to a group of fans that dropped us overnight?"

10:36 PM  
Blogger Floyd said...

I also got a copy today but mine was $13.42 I should have shopped Amazon,but you will like it,Not ready to make nice is a great song on there and all in all they are great. I know last week the CD was the number one seller and I hope it stays up there.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Our copy will arrive from Amazon sometime nest week. My daughter and I went to see them in concert several years ago. It was great! She has all of their other CDs. We will share this new one. They are, as evidenced on their appearance on Larry King Live, intelligent, informed Americans who take their "citizen" responsibilities seriously. So refreshing after years of Bushism.

I have previewed the CD but the songs don't play all the way through. I am looking forward to hearing all of it. Besides the politics the Dixie Chicks are fine musicians. Vocally, they are bringing back they fine art of harmony. I hope the CD arrives from Amazon soon!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Yup, Aretha's song has as much meaning now as it did almost 40 years ago.

Several rightwing bloggers were gloating that the Dixie Chicks' career was over and their new album was a flop. But I just read that their new album is number one on Billboard. They're back, and they're a lot more populare than the disgraceful crook in the White House.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Joe Bageant said...

When I saw the name of your blog on my web stats, I had to see what was up. And ya know what? Once more I am reminded what a wonderful bunch of women our generation produced. Women with ideals and not afraid to try and make the world better. I showed my wife your blog, pointing out that you and she are near ringers, same classy mature good looks.

Anyhoooo... Aretha is god around this house too. If you are ever in northern Virginia stop in and we will show you some R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

Joe Bageant
Barbara Dickinson
(and the dawgs, Brandy and Bingo)

1:46 PM  
Blogger The Fat Lady Sings said...

Hear, Hear! I agree completely. I am very proud of The Dixie Chicks. They are standing up for what they believe in - and that's what being an American is all about; at least in my book. Isn't it a pity more people aren't reading that book?

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Paladin said...

Hmmm... I think the American Citizen is writing a new chapter of that book, Fat Lady!! Talk about standing up for what you believe!!

You see, the 'Dixie Chicks' are having to cancel half their shows because of no ticket sales. In fact, they are re-routing their current tour to Europe and Australia.

So, yeah... Americans are standing up for what they believe... which seems to be that the "Dixie Chicks" should be run outa town.

But with statements like "Country listeners are a bunch of rednecks, we don't need 'em" - you can see why they are suffering at the box office.

The strange thing is why you folks support these singers when they have such a low opinion of their audience?! I guess anyone who bad-mouths Bush is great in your book, and you'll shell out your hard-earned dollars gladly. Which goes to show how illogical you and your arguments really are.

7:54 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

We got the Dixie Chicks new album in the mail early last we and have been enjoying it ever since. It's a good one musically and otherwise!

JOE BAGEANT and Barbara...
Your website address was sent to me by Maddog who is a ukulele pal of my husband's and a reader of the Dishpan Chronicles. He thought that we would appreciate your writing and he was right! Wow! I have vistited several times and have been blown away by your writing. I was so blown away that I didn't leave a comment because I was awestruck! You are quite a writer!

Thank you for your lovely compliment - it made my day. I am honored to be counted among the women of our generation who have been working continuously for several decades to make the world better for everyone.
Hooray for our generation!

Yes, being an American is all about standing up and speaking out, being an American means being responsible enough to dissent. When people blindly follow some leader or another and applaud militarism it is called FASCISM. I am proud of The Dixie Chicks, too!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Paladin said...

The "Chicks" you are so proud of have stepped in it again...

As the mother of a former soldier, are you really ready to look up to someone who says:

"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."


Yeah, that's a role-model for our kids... I can't imagine why their concerts are being cancelled for lack of ticket sales?!

8:55 AM  

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