Aretha Franklin comes out in a fur coat, plays piano (something she doesn’t do in public much) and sings You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, which of course Carole King wrote. At the middle 8 of the song, she stands up from the piano (someone else takes over), and delivers. Throws off the coat, and nails a soaring vocal finale.
She’s 73 years old and just kills. In fine voice. Understands exactly when to add melisma, when to back off and come in Ray-Charles-late to the lyric, etc. Carole King is kvelling aggressively the entire time, looking stunned as Aretha sits at the piano, and amazed at how fine Aretha’s voice is, smiling and singing back to Aretha and encouraging her - so fun to see. President Obama and the First Lady are fully engaged.
Just an amazing performance. Don’t know how I missed this.