Feb 11, 2012

Whitney Houston Dies at 48

Whitney Houston (1963-2012)
It's difficult to express how saddened I am by the death of Whitney Houston. Over the past decade, we have all watched as she suffered under what appeared to be severe substance
abuse and mental deterioration. It's strange to say that her death isn't a surprise. But it just isn't.

And yet, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Her musical legacy aside, she was an incredibly magnanimous person, a big ball of charisma from her electrically charged attitude to her mega-watt smile. It's strange to imagine a world in which she is not at least a small part.

Her incredible voice - well, there is a reason she is the most awarded female artist of all time. What she accomplished in the world of music was extraordinary. Her song catalog is filled with hits - there was a period in time when her sultry, powerful tones rarely left the airwaves. She infused all of her music, even the giddy dance classics, with an emotional depth, be it soul-crushing grief or boundless joy. Her acting career, though brief, was amazing as well. Her spark was clearly evident, even when playing a jilted lover or the forgotten wife of a neighborhood preacher.  It was always worth it to follow along on her journey.

Whitney Houston gave so much to popular culture, to the world. She had a wonderful gift and a wonderful spirit, and she will be missed. As Dolly Parton wrote, and Whitney herself sang:

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