It’s going up to 102 in DC today. I could try to bring down the temp, I guess, with something crisp and cool, but I’m going the other way. I’m going to make in even hotter with about the funkiest three minutes you’ve ever heard.
It’s Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady. Lady Soul morphs into Lady Funk for this track and the band behind her is truly kickin’ it old skoo.
Listen—and if you’re not going to blast this on good speakers or headphones, then there is no more you and me—to the section around 2:28 where it’s just Aretha and the drummer (Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, I think)—incredibly funky drumming. And then listen to Aretha just screamin’ and moanin’ at 2:47.
“What it is” is I might be doin’ this funky dance all night!!”
Update: Here’s the Queen rockin’ steady live–hat tip, ABW.