Music has always been a huge part of my life. A few of my first introductions to music was from lullabies, Sesame Street and School House Rock, with a little bit of Willie Nelson and the soundtrack of the Movie “Annie”thrown in for good measure.
Sadly, there is a home video of the last two.
But as I was growing older and making some of my own choices, I started to enjoy different music from many different artists, such as the Beatles, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Huey Lewis and the News, Debbie Gibson, New Kids on The Block and even the late Whitney Houston.
Even now hearing certain songs can bring me back in time. Whitney Houston songs are a part of that past, too. Here are just a few that do just that.
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” – This was one of the first music videos that I saw on MTV; and after seeing the video I wanted my hair just like Whitney Houston’s. This then started my permed hair era. Looking back, maybe not the best idea, but that’s a whole different story.
“Didn’t We Almost Have it All” – I was at my very first coed birthday party at a roller skating rink. (Don’t know what a roller skating rink is? Google it!) I was asked to skate with a boy for the “Couple Skate.” We held hands during the whole song and when it ended, he said, “Thank you,” and gave me my first “real” kiss.
“The Star Spangled Banner” – My uncle Steve was deployed to the other side of the world to fight in the Gulf War. My family, like so many others, was glued to CNN and not too far from the phone in case of bad news. Hour after hour, images of the war and talk about scud bombs was flashing on the screen, along with the word of that days fallen. Thank God my uncle Steve was not one of them.
Days later, we final took a break from what was happening in Iraq and tuned in to watch the Super Bowl XXV between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills. To this day, I couldn’t tell you who won, but I will never forget Whitney Houston performing. She wasn’t just a singer. She was able to give songs emotion and make them her own.
In my opinion, she sang the greatest rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” even with it being pre-recorded. When the song was over, nobody in my family said a thing, and I had tears running down my face, a lump in my throat and goose bumps all over my body.
“I Will Always Love You” – I was allowed to go on my first chaperoned date, a big step for a 14-year-old girl. My date surprised me with tickets to see “The Bodyguard.” At the time, I had a huge crush on Kevin Costner and this movie sealed the deal for me, (In fact kinda still do!) but I also fell in love with the soundtrack. The way Houston sang “I Will Always Love You,” you could feel the hurt and pain of the lyrics. I wore out a cassette tape (Don’t know what a cassette tape is Google it) and a CD of “The Bodyguard” soundtrack from listening to it over and over again.
“My Love Is Your Love” – My first year in college and I was trying to find myself, along with figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. This one song became my mantra in some ways, but it’s also a good song to dance to.
Sure, Whitney Houston’s life had its shares of good times and bad times. She was battling her own demons in the public eye. It couldn’t have been easy to do in the public eye.
But with an industry flooded with artists, who disappear after scoring one hit. Houston’s has left her mark on the world, without question, and it will continue to live on threw the music that she has left behind.
So, Whitney Houston, thank you for being a huge part of the soundtrack of my life.