Whitney Houston died last night.
In a Beverly Hills hotel room her 48-years-old heart stopped beating. The Voice that defined several decades was silenced forever. There will be no new Whitney Houston hits played on the radio. No new Whitney Houston videos. No new movies starring Whitney Houston. Such a rich career. Did she have no more to give the world? We’ll never know.
Of course new talent will be discovered.
At tonight’s Grammy Awards ceremony Adele, a supremely talented singer from England, a throwback to real singing, is expected to sweep the awards. As I type this she’s already won Best Song of the Year and Best Record of the Year.
Later in the show Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson is scheduled to join the legendary Chaka Khan, in a musical tribute to Whitney Houston. A piece quickly pulled together by Grammy producers hours after Whitney Houston’s death was announced.
At home, sitting on the floor, wearing an I LOVE ADELE t-shirt, a little girl is watching and dreaming of her own Grammy performance some 10-15-20 years down the road. Just like so many little girls watched and hoped to emulated Whitney Houston when she first performed for the Grammy Awards decades ago.
We come into this world full of hopes, dreams and promise. Some never realize their full potential. They’re caught up in the day-to-day making a living. For others, somehow every step they take leads to fulfillment of a reality far beyond their comprehension.
Last night on Twitter, for more than five hours after Whitney Houston’s death announcement, friends and fans poured out their love for Whitney Houston. That’s a lot of love for one human being.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said about a life well lived, “To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children … to leave the world a better place … to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
In 48 short years Whitney Houston seared a permanent stamp on this world. “I will always love you,” she sang in the theme song to THE BODYGUARD. “The greatest love is inside of me,” “I’m every woman, it’s all in me,” “I believe in you and me,” “One moment in time when I’m racing with destiny, then in that one moment of time
I will feel eternity.”
Songs that uplift our spirits, that remind us of our invincibility.
How could she sing those loving words so convincingly and not believe them for herself? Why did she let go of life too soon?
And that’s why life is such a mystery . . .