Aretha Franklin: R-E-S-P-E-C-T the arts in school budgets

"If you have to cut, cut something else. Not the music. We need the music. It soothes the savage beast."

Aretha Franklin, America's Queen of Soul, commenting on school budget cuts in advance of a charity concert she played with former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an accomplished pianist. The concert was to benefit inner city children and the arts.