I will always remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news. I was minding my business. Baking a cake. Hadn’t checked Facebook or Twitter all day. Trying to ignore my BlackBerry text notifications. But they refused to be ignored. Text after text, they kept on coming. “Whitney Houston dead at 48”… “Turn to CNN”… “OMG! What’s going on??”
Days after the announcement of her passing, I finally got my thoughts together and sat down to compose a heartfelt tribute to her. I typed and typed. And typed…and typed some more. Recalling all of her songs that made my childhood and teenage years so memorable. But something didn’t feel right. So I scrapped it.
I read this post and this one which reenergized me, and I decided to try writing my post again. Then I tried to compose a Friday Drabble to package my thoughts into something palatable. But this woman and her greatness require and deserve so much more than 100 words.
So rather than writing about it, I thought the best way to comfort myself during this difficult time is to simply listen to her music. Her one-of-a-kind, often imitated, NEVER duplicated voice. All the songs where she sings about love. Loving her family, loving her friends, loving LIFE.
Here are my two favorites:
You were amazing. We are devastated. You will be missed.
Thank you, Whitney, for the memories.