Aretha Enlists Condi To Tickle Her Keys For The Cause

- By Bossip Staff

Former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin performed Tuesday evening at Philadelphia’s Mann Music Center to raise money for urban children and awareness for music and the arts.

“It is a joint effort for the inner-city youth of Philadelphia and Detroit,” Franklin told The Associated Press the night before their concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

“We decided to give it a try,” Franklin said. “So here we are, in the city of Brotherly — and Sisterly — Love.”

An estimated 8,000 people attended the three-hour concert where Franklin pulled from her catalog of hits as well as arias from the world of opera and classical music.

Rice, who is an accomplished a pianist accompanied Franklin as she sang her hit “I Say A Little Prayer” as well as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Earlier in the program, Rice performed a selection from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor with the orchestra, a piece she said she practiced furiously.

Franklin also got behind the piano several times Tuesday night, including for a song off her new album “A Woman Falling Out of Love,” to be released later this year. Ron Isley also surprised the audience by joining Aretha for a duet — “The Way We Were”.

For those of y’all who didn’t know Condi was so musically inclined, apparently she’s been playing piano since elementary school. She continued performing through and after college, performing chamber music and playing in quartets. She’s even played with cello great Yo-Yo Ma. Random fact — did you know Condi’s name (Condolezza) is actually derived from the Italian opera stage instruction con dolcezza, meaning “with sweetness”?

Yeah, us either! Guess ya learn something new every day.

When she learned that Rice played classical music, Franklin sent for one of her recordings “to hear what she sounded like.”

“All I had seen of Dr. Rice was in a political atmosphere. It just seemed foreign that she would be a classical pianist.”

Franklin was surprised.

“She really does play,” Franklin said. “She’s formidable.”

The two met at a White House function, Rice recalled. “We were just talking and chatting and she said ‘You play, don’t you?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And she said we should do something together.”

Brought together by their mutual appreciation for music and determination to keep it accessible to children, Franklin and Rice set out to help save struggling arts programs from widespread school budget cuts.

“Imagine what all of this would be without music. If you have to cut, cut something else. Not the music. We need the music. It soothes the savage beast. We need the music.”

Rice, in a separate interview, agreed.

“Nothing makes me more unhappy than when I hear people talk about music education in the schools as extracurricular,” Rice said.

While Rice proved her worth at the piano she says she’ll leave the singing to Franklin.

“You do not want to hear me sing!” Rice said. “I’m a good choir musician, but I think I will stick to playing the piano.”

And it looks like Re Re even got her a new dress to rock that is slit up to THERE. Don’t hurt ’em girl, don’t hurt ’em!

On another note it is so imperative that these school music programs are kept alive!!! Good work ladies.

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  • I Am Legend (Im Allergic To Darkies)

    lalalalal

  • http://deleted Just Sayin

    Coooool…!

    Nothing like showing some RESPECT to each other!

    🙂

  • Syreeta

    I was there last night with my mom!!! Aretha is awesome live! Great great show!

  • http://GOogle Red

    Queen of Soul

  • mo

    Music is great, but American children clearly need to concentrate specifically on science and math! We need more scientists and mathmeticians and we need more innovative teachers to teach these subjects so children find them interesting!!

  • She said it.

    I feel so sorry for her dress straps trying to hold all that up.

  • Roderick

    Someone needs to tell Aretha that she needs some sleeves to cover up all of that cellulite in her arms and how many tents did it take to make that dress? DAMN

  • Aretha's Fan

    I was there with my mother and daughter and it was awesome! It was wonderful. When she and Ron did The Way We Were, I cried because of the beauty of the music, and the incredible talents of all. RESPECT!

  • Da hell wit' all dat!

    OOOOOOO EMMMM GEEE! ARETHA, BABY, YOU NEED TO RESPECT THEM BURGERS AND LEAVE ‘EM ALONE! DAYYUUUM BOO, YOU LOOK FATTER THAN A GORILLA! AND YOU SHOULD FIRE YOUR STYLIST FOR PUTTING ON THAT HIDEOUS SLEEVELESS DRESS! OMG, I WANNA THROW DA FU.CK UP JUST LOOKIN’ AT THEM SAGGIN’ TI.TTIES AND ROLLS. DISGUSTING. TRULY DIS-FU.CKIN-GUSTING.

  • Brian

    Condi Rice told the 9/11 Commission and the 9/11 Widows under oath that the “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US” memo was not a warning. It warned of preparations for hijackings and planned attacks in the US.

    On July 10, 2001, CIA director George Tenet warned Condi that al Qaeda attacks were coming in the next few weeks. Later he said acting on those warnings might have prevented 9/11. Cofer Black said “The only thing we didn’t do was pull the trigger to the gun we were holding to her head.”

    The UK, Germany, Italy, and Egypt warned of aircraft as weapons; Russia of suicide pilots; Jordan and the Cayman Islands of attacks involving airlines. 13 foreign countries and 3 FBI offices warned. Israel warned of 19 terrorists plotting inside the USA, and named at least 4 of the alleged hijackers.

    The German press reported that the August 6 PDB was actually 11-1/2 pages long, not the 1-1/2 pages we’ve seen.

    Google: Condi Oath Youtube

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