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I Loved Whitney Houston – No

I loved Whitney Houston.

The first time I heard her sing “Saving All My Love for You,” I knew she would be a huge hit. When I heard about her problems with drugs, I’d hoped it was something she could control. Many celebrities have abused drugs, and not all of them died as a result. Whitney obviously was an exception. However, her legacy, her life, and her contributions to the music and film industries will never be forgotten, nor should the circumstances of her untimely death mar her image.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston’s life and career had a strong impact on many of our most popular female singers. Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Josh Stone, Leona Lewis, and many others have incorporated Whitney’s style and arrangements into their singing. However, no one can ever duplicate Whitney’s voice, which was truly extraordinary. Once you heard her sing, you wanted to hear more and more. My favorite songs by her are “I Will Always Love You,” I Believe in You and Me,” and “I Look to You.”

In  addition to her songs, her fans enjoyed her versatility. She could sing any song and make it her own. She sang gospel like a true gospel singer, no doubt having practiced in her mother’s choir. She sang our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” so well that it hit the pop charts. Imagine, a patriotic song that had been around for 180 years (written in 1814) making the top ten! She also sang country songs well and is most famous for turning Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” into a special hit of her own. It is for that love song and many others that she will most be remembered.

Her first movie, “The Bodyguard” with Kevin Costner took in $411 million and produced the bestselling movie soundtrack of all time. Her second movie “Waiting to Exhale” helped to produce my grandson. He was born New Year’s Day 1997, just hours after my mother, my sister, my niece, and my two daughters and I left the movie theater after seeing the film. My daughter Tracey was obviously in labor and waiting to exhale. (Ha-ha!) Whitney’s third film “The Preacher’s Wife” produced the bestselling gospel album of all time. It seems Whitney’s singing boosted record sales, movie sales, and inspired remakes. “The Bodyguard” was recently re-released and is slated to be remade with Beyonce, with Clint Eastwood set to direct.

Whitney was a one-of-a-kind singer and will certainly be missed.

I learned of her death while on the Internet. When the horrible news flashed across the screen, I screamed in indignation and begged God to tell me it wasn’t true. However, I, like the rest of the world, would soon learn the awful truth. I am still grieving for one of the best singers I have ever heard. Her voice brought tears to my eyes. Her songs inspired me to live, love, and experience all life had to offer. Her Christian faith drew me closer to God. It is hard to believe she is gone.

The media blame ex-husband Bobby Brown, cocaine, prescription drugs and alcohol. After all, drugs killed Billy Holiday, Janis Joplin, John Belushi, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Jimi Hendrix, and Michael Jackson. Alcohol took the life of Amy Winehouse. Drugs and alcohol claimed the life of Elvis Presley. It is so sad. Yet, they will all live on in the hearts of their fans. Whitney is singing with the angels now, and I know they love to hear her. As Kevin Costner said, “Yes, Whitney, you are good enough!”

I will always love you, Whitney. may you rest in peace!.