Don’t make me leave this stage!
Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Essence Music Festival and Aretha Franklin just so happened to be one of the closing acts. Naturally, everyone was geeked at the chance to watch a living legend. Aretha was awesome and at times unexpected. Towards the end of her set, she sang “Bridge over Troubled Water” in honor of Whitney Houston. As she was playing the piano solo, she leaned into the microphone and asked…whoever to please turn the air conditioning off. I’m not making this up. Truth be told it was freezing in the arena. When her request was not met, she leaned into the mic again and said, “Please turn the air conditioning off on the stage before I have to leave it.” You know you’ve made it, when you can ask people to turn off the air in an arena.