Category Archives: Linking letters

Where’s the ‘y’ in R.E.S.P.E.C.T.?

Aretha Franklin’s R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is a popular choice for singing contests, but a lot of singers stumble over the ‘spelling’ part of the song. It feels too crowded, so they drop a letter, usually the C. Continue reading Where’s the ‘y’ in R.E.S.P.E.C.T.?


Just the Two of Us, and the letter W

We talked about Aretha Franklin adding a y so that she can make a smooth connection between words that end in vowel sounds and words that begin with vowel sounds in R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 

Listen to Bill Withers singing Just The Two of Us. Two ends with a vowel sound. Of starts with a vowel sound. What sound does Bill use to link the words together smoothly? Is it Aretha’s y? Or something else? Continue reading Just the Two of Us, and the letter W