Sunday, February 12, 2012


It's really hard to write about someone you didn't know at all, but whose death has affected you. I feel that way about Whitney Houston (heck, I feel that way about Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson and Jonathan Brandis, but I didn't have a blog during those times, so I was left to my own resources of catharsis).

Whitney Houston was the first woman that my sister's and I emulated. "I Wanna Dance (With Somebody)" was the first 45rpm record that I bought with my own money (she won out against Debbie Gibson's "Out of the Blue"). We would sing all of the songs from Whitney, belting out "The Greatest Love of All", really off-key while jumping, not to hard because we didn't want the record to skip, on the bed, using hairbrushes as microphones, taking turns being the background, Solid Gold-like, dancers and the lead.

I'm sure that I am not the only woman of color who found, in Whitney Houston, a powerful role-model, in my tiny home town there seemed to be so few that I could have direct access to and I recognized in Whitney Houston strength and power.

I gotta tell you that I watched "The Bodyguard", just as much for her as Kevin Costner and, sorry Kevin, the soundtrack became a background to the last couple of years of my high school career, and it is the soundtrack that I took with me to college and it is the soundtrack that I still listen to over and over and over. 

For the record, I never saw the realty show that really made her kind of a household joke and I never saw her in concert. So, the memories I have of her are from the 80s and 90s through the lenses of my teen and pre-teen brain...I kind of like it that way.

I miss the person she was and the person she had the potential to become, as we all have room to change and grow.

I am sorry that she had whatever demons she had.

To me it doesn't matter the cause of death (of course, it's sadder when it is at their own hand or because of their own addictions), I am sorry that another one of my childhood heroes is gone. 

My heart goes out to her family and friends.

AMA's 2009


  1. I really liked this blog post. I was never really a fan (I actually didn't know 'I wanna dance with somebody' was her song), but I do believe she was an inspiration, and I am guilty of bursting out, "I wanna dance with somebody!" around my friends. It was one of those songs that everyone knew and could echo back to you.

  2. Very well said, my dear! I have no words, just sadness. I loved listening to her and have most of her Albums, although not all. As you know she was one of my favorites, and that is all I have to say about that.

  3. A very nice tribute to Whitney. How very sad it is.

  4. A beautiful tribute. One of my first memories of Whitney were The Bodyguard and I Will Always Love You... I only saw a glimpse of the reality TV show once. It's another sad day for the music industry. I feel bad for her daughter and mom!!! :(



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