Don’t Lose Your Good Thing, a single from the 1968 album Tell Mama is a mixture of soul and blues that showcase Etta’s emotional range . In one instance, she displays her sharp sauciness  warning her lover “not to mess it up” but smoothly transitions into sweet pleas “for love to stay” all in the same breath. It’s beautiful how she can intertwine the threads of  strength and vulnerability without missing a stitch. Take a listen for yourself.

Hope is a music enthusiast and continual student of photography. Also known to rock out a quiet church or elevator with her current ringtone, Tom & Jerry’s Uncle Paco, “Crambone”.