this has been a long time coming. she has been so ****ed up for so long that i have to ask...
is anyone surprised at the news? you may be saddened but probably not shocked.
anyway i couldn't care less, she was notorious for hating her own fans towards the end and pushed away anyone who tried to help her with her statements and behaviour. didn't wish her dead but her star set loooong ago so not really a big deal that she passed away as she isn't pop star music level relevant anymore.
I'm saving this so I will have some choice words upon your passing.
...you can bet that the 2012 GRAMMY AWARDS producers are scrambling right now to assemble a tribute for tomorrow's broadcast...tomorrow night's Grammy's have just taken on an whole new and very sad, tragic purpose...
...I predict the largest international viewing audience in Grammy Award's history...the timing is epic, and so tragic at the same time...
Not too long ago I was meeting with an actor in the lobby of a Beverly Hills hotel, quiet and somewhat exlusive. In the middle of our conversation, we are interrupted by this woman blathering angrily and asking us to borrow our cell phone; we honestly thought it was a homeless woman who wandered in.
After more than a few minutes, we realized it was Whitney Houston and more than anything, we had the overwhelming feeling of sadness. This disturbing take-away and reason for the story was, she was virtually unrecognizable as the person we knew her to be.. had been.
I'm not really a fan, but I honor incredible talent and more than that, I have compassion for anyone suffering from what was obviously addiction.
To anyone who looks down on addiction, please think of it this way...
Would you "blame" someone and look down on them for dying of cancer?
Addiction is a disease exactly like cancer or any other illness.
The best thing we can all do as fellow musicians is to try and learn something positive from her story.
Not being callous about this, just discussing. For better or worse, Whitney was the post- Chaka template for the modern soul diva and influenced a wide swath of vocalists. It's not my thing, but I can clearly see how huge her impact was on pop music.
Anybody in music knows people who struggle with this disease and I'm sure a lot of us know people who have lost the battle. Of course it's sad and tragic and all the other things people tweet, but it's not shocking. And for all the knee- jerk need to immediately invoke God in this, if one does believe in God, then what are we supposed to feel about one one who so clearly sinned against her God- given gifts?
Is this true? I've heard it said and repeated, but is it really TRUE?
I'm still trying to figure it out, read more.
I mean, someone can be completely unaware they have cancer,
but you can find it AND point to it. Same with HIV, etc.
I've never seen anyone point to addiction on a MRI scan or bloodtest.
Further, I've seen people who were addicted make a CHOICE and quit.
You can't choose to quit cancer or HIV all of a sudden.
Maybe a better word is 'illness' as in psychological illness. It's not like a communicable disease of course but more in the sense of 'state of unhealthiness'.
Anyway, back on topic - not a huge fan but looking back over the years, she sang with a lot of heart. I'd choose her delivery of heart-over-melisma as compared with a lot of singers afterward which put the melisma first. A first-rate vocal talent for sure. Rest in peace.