The Queen of Soul is here to save your morning

I know what you’re thinking right now. "Where did the weekend go? Why am I so tired? How the heck am I going to survive the avalanche of work coming at me over the next five days?" You see, I’m just like The Mentalist, except I don’t solve crimes, I don’t sleep under a smiley face made of blood, and I don’t have magically wavy golden locks like Simon Baker.

What I do have, however, is an embedded YouTube clip of Aretha Franklin’s "Rock Steady." That ugly bass line, the hypnotic cowbell, and the instructive words of the Queen of Soul herself — "Step and move your hips with a feelin’ from side to side. Sit yourself down in your car and take a ride." — are guaranteed to take you from the brink of collapse to a certified endorphin high. No lie: This morning, while listening to "Rock Steady" on the subway , it took every fiber of my being to stop myself from scaring my fellow commuters with a soulful backing vocal ("What it is, what it is, what it is…").So quit trying to resist and press play. It’ll be lunchtime before you know it.

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  • Heleno

    SUCH an essential song.

  • Dennis N.

    When I read the title, I initially thought you were terming yourself as the Queen of Soul. I would never dispute this action; I would only hope that you’d have a coronation ceremony of some sort before you started throwing that title around. I think it’s safe to say that you, Slezak, are at the very least EW’s Queen of Soul. Deffers.

  • 2Cents

    I love you, I do. But if I dont see your recap of brothers & sisters, I might lose my sh**. Seriously, I am waiting for it cause it is only way I will get through Monday. No disrespect (no pun) to the Queen.
    Happy Monday.

  • Grace

    My walk home is UPhill & Aretha in my trusty ipod gets me there, effortlessly, with out fail. Aretha is Queen.

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