|Whitney Houston: August 9,1963 - February 11, 2012|
I was born on the 80's so I literally grew up with her song. Although at the age of six, I may have not known the name or the face behind the song The Greatest Love of All (released in 1986) but because it is constantly played in the radio, I got so familiar with it. During my elementary years (1987-1993) I sang it every time I was given a singing part in our school programs. When I was acquainted with black and white television from the neighborhood, I came face to face with the person behind the voice. Then I knew, her name is Whitney Houston.
I later learned more of her songs - Saving All My Love For You, All at Once, Didn't We Almost Have It All, I have Nothing, I Will Always Love You among others. She became one of my idols. I always write her name in every slum book I signed as my favorite singer. My admiration of her didn't fade with time because she kept singing beautiful songs. She remained to be one of my most favorite female singers. Her songs were in every karaoke party I joined.
The news of her sudden death left me speechless for a while. Last Saturday, February 11, 2012, she was found submerged in the bathtub in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California. Today, her remains are to be buried in Fairview Cemetery (West Field, New Jersey) beside her father who died in 2003.
I am one of Whitney Houston's million of fans who mourn of her untimely death. I won't pass any judgement on her whatever the cause of her death may be. Sure, in her life here on earth, she got stumbled. Alright, she got hooked on drugs but who am I to cast a stone on her when I don't personally know what was going on with her personal life and what her struggles were.
In the simplest way I can, this is my way of saying "Thank You" Whitney Houston for the wonderful songs you've shared to the world. We may not be seeing you again flesh and blood but your songs will continue to live as long as this world needs beautiful music like what you've shared with us.
Rest in Peace, Whitney Houston.