Monday, February 13, 2012
As many of you know, on Saturday we lost Whitney Houston and it really saddens me like it does so many others. Whitney Houston’s voice was an amazing gift that she shared with the world and I celebrate that today. I don’t want to dwell upon the negativity that I’ve read and heard over the weekend about her troubles. I mean, her struggles were well-documented and I just don’t feel the need to go back over that tired old track over and over. What’s the use and why add to the cloud of speculation? As I said, I just want to celebrate her here in my little corner of the internet and share my personal memories of her.
The first time that I saw Whitney Houston was in Seventeen magazine, during the early 1980s. I was an avid reader of the magazine as a teen girl and I remember seeing beautiful Whitney there often.
Photos: Seventeen magazine
I thought that she was so lovely and I would try to mimic her style from the pages of the magazine. I remember reading a little blurb about her in the magazine and she said that she’d love to be a professional singer one day. And I thought, ‘How cool...isn’t that nice”. Little did I know that this girl that I saw in my Seventeen magazine was such a powerhouse singer! So fast forward to a while later and I’m watching music videos one day and this video comes on the television, “You Give Good Love”. It was the beginning of her amazing catalogue of songs and I was blown away. I remember being so proud of her because here was this girl that I’d seen in Seventeen magazine for so long and now I saw her like this in all her glory. Of course I didn’t know Whitney, but it felt kind of like I was seeing somebody that I knew before they were famous in a way...if that makes any sense. So over the years as she became this great legend, I often thought back to that girl in my Seventeen magazine.
I will always of course remember the incredible singer that she was, but that very young Whitney from the pages of my magazine will always stay with me too!
I'm not saying anything new as we all know how amazing her voice was and how beautiful she was...that is common knowledge. But I will say this...I truly thank her for sharing her amazing talent with us while she was here among us. Her voice will last through the ages...what a legacy!