Surprisingly, I'm usually not into celebrity. I figure the glam crowd is not that different from you and me and is typically undeserving of anything other than the same degree of appreciation I offer to anyone who makes my life a little better. The passing of a movie star or pop singer barely registers on my radar.
Whitney Houston is different.
To me, the beauty of her voice was only superseded by the tragedy of her life. A modern Billie Holiday, Whitney Houston sang like an angel--make that archangel--but sadly found herself hopelessly tangled in the web of addiction. As a result of that addiction, we all lost something special.
While Whitney Houston will probably best be remembered for her heart stopping ballads, to me her greatest performance was at the 1991 Superbowl where she sang The Star Spangled Banner. I hope you enjoy that performance as much as I do.