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On The String: Dara Tucker’s Colorful Fusion

Jul 16, 2019
Kira Hooks

One of the hardest things to describe in music is what makes a melody excellent. It’s a bit like design; success is supposed to be somewhat self-evident. But in general, one listens for an inner balance and a confident arc, like a good story. Too many skimp on these values, composing notes to fit chord changes, when it’s wiser to work in the opposite direction. Nashville’s Dara Tucker could give clinics in melody.

Aretha Franklin, renowned worldwide as the Queen of Soul and the greatest vocalist in Amercan music, has died, leaving a legacy that spans the art form, from its deepest roots to its most stylish pop branches. WMOT grieves with the nation and the world over this profound loss. Here you may read NPR's obituary and an appreciation by our music journalist Craig Havighurst.