She almost had it all

Whitney Houston (1963 – 2012)

Where is the sense in all this? one asks. Where is the reason, the fairness, the justification?

There never is any. Not for something like this.

She was one of my idols, much more so than the likes of Mariah Carey and CĂ©line Dion. Her music was some of the earliest that I learned, and her voice was one that I used to cut my own voice and singing style on. I wore out the soundtracks to Waiting To Exhale and The Bodyguard long before I wore out my Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys CDs. I Will Always Love You, though originally by Dolly Parton, was the very first demo track I recorded, and was what got me a lounge singing gig — my first ever paid singing job — when I was only 20.

But now she is gone, at the impossibly young age of 48. After all those years of struggling with substance abuse and a marriage that ruined her in so many ways, and then seemingly having overcome them and planning what could have been the greatest comeback of any artist ever, Whitney Houston is gone.

She was a superstar, a legend, a true icon. There was never anyone like her, and there never will be. And with her passing, the music industry will never be the same.

Below is my absolute favorite song by Whitney — not, as most people’s is, any of the songs from The Bodyguard or One Moment in Time, or even The Greatest Love of All — but one from the slightly less favored Waiting to Exhale:


“Never again.” That’s what I said to myself
Never want to feel your kind of pain again
Just when I think it’s over
Just when I think it’s through
I find myself right back in love with you

So why does it hurt so bad?
Why do I feel so sad?
Thought I was over you
But I keep crying when I don’t love you
So why does it hurt so bad?
I thought I had let you go
So why does it hurt me so?
Got to get you out of my head
It hurts so bad

Be in peace, Whitney. You have always been one of my greatest inspirations, to do what I love to do: sing. I will always, always, always love you.

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