Today is Aretha Franklin day in my world. I send my prayers, chants, and meditation to her and dedicate my work to her today. To learn that she has pancreatic cancer is a tough blow. As you view the following videos, consider her artistry. Aretha is a messenger. She is exactly what those who redefined "American" fear. Her spirit, expression and delivery is the quintessence of American. More on this later. For now, enjoy the messenger.