Headed back to town for a special “Merry Christmas, Baby” performance of hits and seasonal takes Sunday at Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, I spoke with Melissa Etheridge about responding to the world in song, change from within and much more. Sunday’s concert benefits Toys For Tots and fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift or donation to the venue…
“If you disrespect anybody
That you run in to,
How in the world do you think
Anybody’s s’posed to respect you?”
Those are the words sung by Pops Staples to open one of the most recognizable Staple Singers hits, “Respect Yourself.” In 1971, the song crossed over, acting as a self-empowering anthem for both African Americans and women during the post-Civil Rights era.
Sadly, 46 years later, the song remains about as relevant in America as it’s ever been.
In 2015, Melissa Etheridge began combing through the archives of famed Memphis soul label Stax Records in preparation for her Memphis Rock and Soul album, a collection of cover songs which bridge the gap between R&B, soul and rock and roll. Collaborating with singer Priscilla Renea,