I Will Always Love You

It is hard for me to believe that Whitney Houston has passed, at 48 years old of all things. Any female singer or performer of my generation can probably say that they were inspired by the amazing vocals of this fine woman. I wanted to take a second to share a memory I have of Ms. Houston. It is rather embarrassing…

I remember when Whitney’s version of “I Will Always Love You” came out. I remember thinking that there was no one on earth who could sing like that. I would go into my room, close the door, and crank it up. I would put on what I thought were my diva clothes (which was most likely my princess night gown), grab my hair brush, which we all know is the best microphone, and sing at the top of my lungs. I even tried to make my jaw move like hers did when she threw in vibrato…hehe. And no, I wasn’t secretly trying to torture my brothers or my parents. Though, I am sure they probably wondered about that at times.

I knew The Bodyguard soundtrack inside and out. I could sing every word, ever ad lib, every run just like Whitney. At least, that’s what I told myself…haha. But seriously, the way Whitney sang brought a shy, awkward little girl out of her shell. When I was singing to an audience which only included me, I was a star. I’m sure that her influence in my life helped to give me the courage to do what I do now. And no matter how Whitney died, whether due to drugs or an accident, it doesn’t matter to me. She will forever be the Whitney that first taught me how to “belt it out.”

Whitney had a lot of hard times, mostly due to some really bad decisions in relationships. But I know there were good times in her life, where she was truly at peace with God. My prayer is that Whitney is resting in the arms of her Savior now, that her pain is gone, and that she is, perhaps, teaching some of the angels in heaven how to sang (not just sing).

I hope you’re making more beautiful music now. Rest in peace, Whitney…

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