I am 31 year old Filipino who is currently residing at the southern part of the Philippines and I am here to share to you about how I once looked upon a music entertainer who has touch the lives of many individuals including me. She may not be a perfect person, but to me she will always be considered as a perfect and soulful singer. She is but one of the few music makers who can be considered as a rare breed of her won and I’m talking about Whitney Houston.
I have come to know Whitney Houston at a very young age. As far as my weary mind can remember, the very first song I sang was “The Greatest Love Of All”. In fact, I even have the cassette tape used in recording that song. I guess the reason why my mother taught me that song because it was popular during that time. It’s quite ironic to think I’m a male person and the first song I sang was originally from a woman. That was my first account on her.
Since then, I have seen her music videos like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I’m Every Woman” on TV. My sisters danced to the beat while I follow the rhythms by moving my head. And during my grade school days I can remember watching her in the movie “The Bodyguard” with Whitney on the lead role and Kevin Costner as her co-leading man. That movie became a hit in our country, so much of a hit that the theme song of the movie, “I Will Always Love You” became the most requested song on radio stations and a popular choice in amateur singing contests. The lyrics of that song are somehow embedded in my mind because of the beautiful message. Well, I can safely say most of her songs are meaningful. Somehow, in some ways, her songs can describe a certain moment of my life. An example of this is the song “When You Believe” which was sung with Mariah Carey. This song can define what I went through before I got into the basketball varsity. The message of her song is so powerful that it can even move emotions of a straight guy.
And then came the time when instead of hearing good things about her on the news, I often hear dreadful reports which was very unbecoming of her. I usually asked myself, “How could she do things mentioned on the news when she’s already one of the most successful entertainers in the world?” From time to time I heard that she got involved in using drugs and alcohol. There were also rumors of Whitney being beaten by her ex-husband Bobby Brown. Upon hearing that, my initial reaction was to be infuriated. If these were true then I supposed that was the reason why she entered into drugs and vices. I felt sorry for what Whitney had been through. I was hoping that she would be saved because she was too precious to become a wreck.
But here we are now facing the reality that Whitney Houston is gone for more than a year now. She may have physically departed, but I will carry all the memories I have about her. I heard one singer said, “Whitney Houston made me the singer that I am today…” Though I’m not a singer, I can very well agree on that. She had been an influence to most people and she will always remain a music icon in my heart.
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