In my February 18, 2020 post on Aretha Franklin’s 1971 cover of Ben E. King’s “Spanish Harlem,” I talked a little about Franklin’s 1985 album, Who’s Zoomin’ Who?
Today I was at an all-day gathering on the conferencing platform Zoom and, at some point, the song title came to mind. I enjoyed the day, and while it would have been much better to gather physically, the virtual meetup was enriching and immeasurably better than not being together. (Plus, it was based in Colorado, so I would have had a two-day drive back home.) Participants were fully engaged and made it memorable.
The song “Who’s Zooming’ Who?” was a big hit for Franklin (1942-2018), and as I mentioned in the February post, it exposed a younger generation to her music. It’s been many years since I played the record… I’ll have to revisit it soon.
I have to say though, after spending quite a few years writing and editing as part of my job, I can’t help thinking the song title should be “Who’s Zoomin’ Whom?”… but let’s not overthink it. Just enjoy the song.
And now you know a little about why it’s my song of the day.
Here’s the audio for the track from Aretha Franklin’s official YouTube channel: