Twenty years ago, I was an energetic 5 year old with aspirations to conquer the world. Mostly, I considered myself to be an entertainer with the performance show my mom would film. The Nora Murphy Show never went very far, especially since I tended to stare in the mirror rather than at the “audience” but there was one part that always stood out- Whitney Houston.
While other young folk were listening to New Kids on the Block, all I knew was Whitney Houston. I had a lot of soul for a little person. As you can see in the video above, I’d dress up in my mom’s clothes and be a bit outlandish as I sang. My favorites were “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Want to Dance With Somebody.” Even as a young child, I knew Whitney was something special. As an adult who has listened to a wide variety of music, it’s really a no brainer in stating that she had the best voice of all time. For those who don’t believe it, listen to her sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991 or “I Will Always Love You” and try your best not to shed a tear. Just try!
Of course people are already making the same jokes they made about Amy Winehouse less than a year ago- that it was overdue, or not a shock. I’m sorry, but what kind of human being can honestly speak ill of another in their death? There is no denying that she went down the wrong path and that her career could have been even more successful than just 170 albums sold worldwide if she had never met Bobby Brown, who honestly, should be the one who passed. But none of us are perfect; we all make mistakes and fall off track in one way or another and Whitney should not be judged; she should be admired for her talent and the voice of an angel.
Whitney was only 48 years old and no matter what her cause of death turns out to be, it’s a tragedy. She was taken from us much too soon but one thing is for certain: she will always be loved.
RIP Whitney Houston
August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012