Whitney Houston could bring down the rafters of her listener’s soul. I loved the sheer exuberance and innocent energy of her early singles; gospel had come to MTV and a miraculous voice was heard all over the world! Even the ghastly, wooden Kevin Costner seemed almost human with the gorgeous Whitney in his vicinity.
Unlike Mariah Carey who sometimes parades her vocal range ostentatiously, Houston had taste. Her voice was magnificent and she delivered emotion for real. We felt just what she was singing to us.
I was playing her only the other week for my kids because I wanted them to know how important her voice was in the history of female music. I played her again today in the car and was spellbound by her hypnotic remix of ‘And I will always love you.’ Made all my skin tingle and even my cynical son pulled out his ipod and listened.
My favourite Whitney Houston song must be : ‘How will I know.’ Pulsates with wondrous energy and laughter behind the words..she is delighting herself with her sounds and that magical communion is shared…
Of course we know!
Strikingly beautiful and amazingly talented, why did she put up with the mediocrity of Bobbi Brown? I am sure that like Amy Winehouse and many others, talented women attract posseessive, jealous partners whose own lack of abilityand banality, makes them want to destroy those who have it. Apparently Houston was curious about the confrontational nature of Brown and mistook it for a fiery challenge and termed their relationship a magnetic- ‘irresistible’ attraction.
A crying shame.
Actions as my grandmother would always say to me, reveal the person. Love has no conditions or it is not love.
Here’s her saddest song.
The Woman in Black
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