I literally just woke up to the sad news of Whitney Houston's passing with a text from my brother. For kids of the 80s and 90s, she was the R&B Diva we all looked up to. We are the generation that got excited about everything Whitney Houston including her (now odd seeming) pairing with Kevin Costner in the film 'The Bodyguard'. It is very hard to pinpoint one's favorite Whitney Houston song because there are so many gems. She had the amazing voice, the glamour and on the surface, the idyllic life.
Strangely enough, back in 1994 on a trip to Southern Africa, she came to my secondary school in Swaziland accompanied by Bobby Brown and one of Nelson Mandela's daughters. It was supposed to be a tour but ended up being only a few minutes leaving many of us disappointed and standing in the rain. However, we still have a memory from that day captured on film of our headmaster shielding the entourage from the rain with an umbrella while the rest of us stood around the school car-park transfixed. That picture is in a fading album at home in my wardrobe as I type.
I am sure the media will have a field day chronicling the rise, fall and eventual rise of Whitney Houston. There will be a multitude of experts attempting to pinpoint when things started to unravel. Like millions, however, I will not want to remember the Tragic Whitney Houston but rather the Triumphant Whitney Houston that lives on eternally in her music. May she rest in peace.
My Love is Your Love - Whitney Houston
"If tomorrow is Judgement Day (sing mommy)
And I'm standin' on the front line
And the Lord ask me what I did with my life
I will say I spent it with you..."