I first heard of Whitney Houston when I was in 8th grade. She exploded onto the pop music scene with “How Will I Know” and I adored her. But in high school my favorite song of hers in was “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”.
I would “sing” along with it in my room, happy for a moment to pretend that beautiful voice was mine. I remember vividly dancing to it during the the sophomore homecoming dance. I still want to dance when I hear it. She did other, better, more serious songs. “I Will Always Love you” blew the radio away when I was in college. But the first one I loved was “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. And I think of it when I think of her.
I always blamed Bobby Brown for her fall. I thought (probably unfairly) he got her hooked on drugs and I know I was disgusted when he crashed his car with some stripper he had picked up in it. How could he cheat on such a beautiful woman? I was young enough that I didn’t understand that cheating is mostly about the person who is having the affairs, not the person being cheated on. And when he was charged with domestic battery I was stunned … did he hate her because she was so much more talented and successful than he was?
Now he claims he is “beside himself with grief”. He probably is, since you can love someone and be horrible to them at the same time. But I don’t really feel sorry for him because I think he dragged her down to make himself feel better about his own meager abilities.
I am saddened by her loss. She has an 18 year old daughter who is in agony. She has a mother who must be in a hellish nightmare right now. She had lots of people who knew her and loved her. I only knew her through her talent, but it is enough to feel her loss on a personal level.
My prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.