A Previously Unreleased Aretha Franklin Track Is Coming Out
Laura Lee - September 28, 2019

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

Christmas is bringing the gift of music this year. A previously unreleased Aretha Franklin live recording will be released on a Christmas album in the next few months. Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” passed away on August 16, 2018, at 76 years old in Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer.

 

The song “O Tannebaum” will be featured on “Big Band Holidays II” from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Franklin performed the song as she played the piano at a 2015 holiday concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Her performance of the classic in both English and German was a surprise for the crowd.

 

 

 

 

The album will be digitally released on October 25th and will be in stores on November 2nd. Very few songs have been released from the late icon since her passing in August 2018.