September 18 is National Respect Day

It seems appropriate that Aretha Franklin’s RESPECT was selected as the best song ever by Rolling Stone Magazine on September 17.

Respect” is a song written and originally recorded by American soul singer Otis Redding. It was released in 1965 as a single from his third album Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul and became a crossover hit for Redding. In 1967, fellow soul singer Aretha Franklin covered and rearranged “Respect”, resulting in a bigger hit and her signature song. The music in the two versions is significantly different, while a few changes in the lyrics resulted in different narratives around the theme of human dignity that have been interpreted as commentaries on traditional gender roles.

18th September is National Respect Day. Teaching respect and raising awareness about domestic and dating violence was done with the goal of ending violence against women and children.
Observe the day by becoming involved to educate respect and prevent violence.

Expect Respect
Reject Neglect 
If he doesn't respect you
Expect he'll neglect you

13 thoughts on “September 18 is National Respect Day”

  1. I didn’t realise that it was National Respect Day (just in the U.S. I presume). I also didn’t realise that Otis Redding made the original version, but Aretha Franklin certainly made it well known. Thanks for enlightening me once again Pat.

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  2. R-E-S-P-E-C-T is absolutely the best song on the century. It makes me sit up and feel strong every time I hear Aretha’s recording. There are few burdens in the world that couldn’t be relieved with an injection of respect.

    Now that I’ve written “injection”,,,, at the risk of sounding flippant, your short poem triggered lines from Alice’s Restaurant: “They got a building down New York City, it’s called Whitehall Street, where you walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected.” Notice that Arlo didn’t say “respected”.

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