By Robert Stetson
"What you want, honey, you got it...And what you need, baby you've got it...All I'm asking, for a little respect..."
And did I/we respect her? I say we do and did! What a tremendous musical life force she was in our lives...her spirit and music will live on in our Lodestar hearts...forever!
And if we don't show up to the BTL reunion playing her music to sing and dance to? Well, I think we all should fold up our camping tents and just go home. And if there was no Aretha to be heard and celebrated? Well, I do know that Mama dos Remedios Litke will be quite verklemp and maybe even apoplectic over the musical slight...
Aretha mattered to us all in one way or another. Otis, too. They made us think through their musical gifts and poetic words. They were magical to be sure. I will miss them. Forever. And that's as long as I can still fog up a mirror.
Come back to Lodestar! Sing and dance your hearts out, Campers!
"I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is."
"I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music."
Saying it out loud, or even thinking it quietly, the name Lodestar conjures up powerful memories and reflections. And meaning.