Sunday Open Thread

Hi all, it’s Elisa.

I don’t mean to highjack Gloria’s thread today, but this seemed too important not to mention. Yesterday Whitney Houston died at the age of 48. The cause of death is still unknown, although she has been battling drug and alcohol addictions since the early ’90s.

Since I was a little girl, I was a fan, especially of her earlier music and have some of her songs on my iPod: “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, “One Moment In Time”, and “Saving All My Love for You”. What an amazing voice and what a loss to her family and fans.

What are your favorite Houston hits? How is everyone today?


21 thoughts on “Sunday Open Thread

  1. So sad

    I don’t really know why, but Whitney’s death has really hit me. She was at her peak during my youth, and so many of her songs — so many! — were the soundtrack of my youth. They were the songs I cut my on when I was learning how to sing. I’ve pretended I could keep up with her countless times when singing along to the radio & her cassettes. I don’t care if her personal life was a mess, I still loved her.

    Yesterday I was really stuck on a design project, and when I am I visit as many of the other designers’ sites that I can think of just to get the ideas flowing. One well-known company’s site was simply the home screen with a message that they were still reeling from the founder/designer’s death and may not ever reopen. I was shocked, and went to their facebook page and read about her long journey with Melanoma and her recent death. She was in her 30’s, and all of these beautiful pictures from her wedding were posted on the page (her husband had been the one updating it). So that really brought me down, then a couple of hours I read the news about W.H.

    In November I was at a charity gala, dancing with industry friends on this fabulous disco dance floor when the band launched into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Everyone went crazy, the dance floor was packed and we all tried out best to sing along as loud as we could. It was pure fun, plain and simple. Thanks, Whitney, for the memories and for your amazing talent.

  2. How Will I Know

    And Greatest Love of All, and One Moment in Time.

    Expat doesn’t get it, I think because he wasn’t allowed to listen to pop music until he was a teenager, by which time her downward spiral was well underway. I think a lot of people think of I Will Always Love You as her peak; but really it was very close to her career being eclipsed by her drug use.

      • right

        I mean the other Bodyguard singles were after that, but basically it was the end. That was about when she married Bobby Brown. Which was pretty much the end for her. Tragic.

  3. So many pom-pom routines.

    We must have done a routine to every song she released during the 80’s.  I always hoped she find a way back, but apparently her demons had a strong hold on her.

    So said.

  4. Whitney!

    From 5th grade all the way through my high school graduation, her songs hold so many memories for me.

    “Saving All My Love For You” is a favorite, of course. But “The Bodyguard” soundtrack: I must have burned a hole right through that cassette soundtrack. “I Have Nothing” is my favorite song. I spent many an hour trying to belt out those notes just like she did, and failing miserably.

    Listen to this: the isolated vocal track from “How Will I Know.” Such amazing talent! So haunting, and awe-inspiring.

    I can not believe both Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston are dead. Despite the mess that their personal lives turned into during later years, they were both childhood idols of mine. Feels like a tiny piece of my childhood has died, too.

    • Me too, Erika!

      A lot of people are having a backlash to the Whitney posts on FB but personally her passing hit me hard because that part of my childhood is gone.

    • Right?

      I played “One Moment In Time” this morning and did my best attempt at belting out the big parts — then, I got a chuckle out of the thought of thousands of other people trying their best to sing along with Whitney’s tunes today.

  5. she could be regal

    and kind of remote but I always melted when she laughed. She could be so merry and fresh before things got dark for her.

    She was my walking bud when I lived in San Francisco. God knows how many pets and old people I scared trying to sing along with her, wearing  my headphones as I went around with my trusty old Sony cassette player.

  6. not a fan

    of her songs but she had an amazing voice and for it to end this way is very sad.  I feel for her daughter and hope that she has a supportive family and friends to help her.

  7. I remember her first

    as a model in Seventeen magazine, before she was known as a singer, she was gracing their pages [and cover] with her beauty. I remember what a nice person she seemed to be when you would see her interviewed on TV in the mid 80s – humble, poised, sweet.

    And her voice was unmatched. So many who came after her were strongly influenced by her. And everyone who was influenced by Mariah owes a big debt to Whitney.

    I am older than many/most of you, so her first two albums were my “dancing around the apartment with my roommates” and “getting ready to go out on a date” soundtracks of my 20s. I still have the LP of her first album, and when I bought my first new car after I finished school, I bought a cassette of her 2nd album as a gift to myself to celebrate finally having a tape player in my car. I played that thing until it squeaked from overuse.

    BTW, Gloria and I messaged on FB last night, and I believe we’ll be seeing some Whitney in our midday coffee breaks this week.

      • Sad

        She didn’t have an idyllic childhood with Whitney and Bobby Brown. I read somewhere that she was in that reverse-parent role, where she was taking care of Whitney, as opposed to the other way around. The way that they say Courtney Love and Frances Bean were.

        Just so sad it ended like this.

          • I know

            I imagine fame itself gives you that feeling of being high, very easy to get hooked, and try to replace that feeling when the fame dies down.

            And then of course, there are so many people involved who have conflicts of interest to say the least, all with their hand in the money jar.

            I also wonder, thinking about Demi Moore too, that it must be hard to find yourself towards the end of your career, especially as a woman with all of the baggage that goes along with getting older, losing your youthful looks, etc.

          • It seems like

            maybe there are two things going on with artists also – the inability to handle the incredible success and fame (seems like you see this across a lot of fields from music to acting to sports, etc) but also sometimes pre-existing mental health or substance use issues may perhaps contribute to creativity?

            I think of Virginia Woolf, Kurt Cobain, Edgar Allen Poe, etc – it seems like a lot of creative people started out with mental health challenges that in some cases may have been exacerbated by success.

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