Whitney Houston — 1980s Nostalgia and Remembrance
I have been waiting to blog about her since her untimely death. As of three days ago, I knew it was time when I read via internet that a book about her life was to soon be on bookshelves. The original press release was on August 9th, the birthday of the 1980s' most iconic singer, Whitney Houston.She, the only artist to have seven consecutive number one top singles. She, the first African-American to grace the cover of Seventeen magazine at 17 years of age. Robert DeNiro was rumored to have said, "She is the sexiest woman I have ever seen. She is gorgeous. I want her by my side." But instead of choosing Robert, she chose a man named Bobby. Her favorite actress, Jessica Lange. Her favorite cereal, Fruity Pebbles. She turned down the role of Sondra Huxtable on the hit tv sitcom, The Cosby Show. She, the most awarded female artist of all time, says the Guinness Book of World Records, having at least one Grammy, Emmy, MTV Video Music Award and Billboard Music Award. Her television interview with Diane Sawyer is still the highest rated television interview in history (for reasons not associated at all with her talent, unfortunately). She was born into music royalty, her mother, Cissy, sang back-up for Elvis, Aretha, and Luther Vandross. Cissy was also a renowned gospel singer. Her cousin is the famous songstress, Dionne Warwick.
Her face was plastered all over my preteen bedroom. Her cassette tapes were played continuously in my boombox. Yes, cassette tapes. She was the first concert I saw, that I anticipated and that I still vividly remember to this day. Kenny G opened up for her, and I have never liked the sax since...at least not like that. She was in her prime and I was in 8th grade. I don't recall the date, but it was in an arena in Lexington, KY and the stadium was packed in that city. The young girls looked onward and listened to what became "the voice" of my generation. As an adult, I still have her music within my home, but she is played on a small disc player and not that huge boombox. My parents purchased all that was Whitney for me per my request as a youth, and I continued purchasing all that was Whitney as an adult. Even as I watched her stumble from the pedestal so many had placed her upon, I silently cheered for her and hoped that she would get well. She was spectacular and then she became a spectacle. I watched in awe and heartbroken as I viewed via live television on a Saturday. The eulogies fitting for such a talent...the words spoken about the woman with eloquent grace. The most chilling and haunting beautiful moment as Whitney's casket was lifted upon the shoulders of her pallbearers and the song rang out that she will forever be remembered for: "I Will Always Love You." Her music will never be forgotten and her death always remembered.
She was and still is one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard.
She was and still is one of the most beautiful faces I have ever seen.