Ray Charles died today, and I'm in a funk of the worst kind.
I've just been listening to his version of "America The Beautiful" over and over again tonight.
I liked Ronald Reagan, but I didn't cry when he died. I haven't yet for Ray Charles either, but I won't rule out the possibility. I've got many musical heroes, but not many of them rank as high as Ray.
Thank you, Ray, for the music you gave us. Thanks for "I've Got A Woman." Thanks very much for "Old Man River" and the irreverent "What I'd Say." Thanks for all of it. Good fortune to you in the next life, and I hope to see you there.