Goodbye Whitney…

As you know, many people are mourning the loss of one of the greatest voices in music, Whitney Houston, and really, what a true loss it is. Since 1985, Whitney has blown us away with her incredible vocal ability and her interpretation of songs, and although many good singers have come along since then, I don’t think anyone has reached her level of talent.

I have to be honest, when I heard the news, I wasn’t completely surprised because of all of the rumored drug abuse and erratic behavior in recent years, and yet, it was still shocking. I think if anyone dies before the age of 60 it’s too young to die, and I know a lot of fans still were holding out hope, including myself, that she would still make the comeback that we wanted and knew she was capable of.  It’s so tragic that she was unable to fulfill that hope.

I have a lot of comedian friends/acquaintances on Facebook and I was surprised and really disappointed with all the bad jokes that people made regarding her death. I love to make fun of celebrities when they’re alive, but once they die, it’s not funny anymore. In fact, it’s never funny when someone dies. Sure, the circumstances may be funny, even things that happen during the funeral or otherwise, but it’s not funny when anyone dies. It has a tremendous effect on family and friends and in Whitney’s case, fans around the world as well. So I’ve now written those people off as insensitive and stupid pricks. 

I admit that I watched some of “Being Bobby Brown” and it was funny to watch Whitney act crazy on the show or when she was interviewed and said “Crack is whack.” And yet, I also remember thinking at the time how sad it was that this was the same woman who blew it away with Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” or the other show stopper, “I Have Nothing “ because on the show, you could tell Whitney wasn’t “healthy.”

Remember her at her peak?? No one could touch that voice and it was just hit song after hit song. I remember taking a voice lesson with the famous vocal coach, Seth Riggs, who has taught a who’s who of Hollywood including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Madonna (who obviously quit) and Faith Hill to name a few, and he told me to practice Whitney’s song “You Give Good Love” because of the difficulty of it, including the range and control. Yeah, I sounded like one of those losers at the first round of auditions at American Idol. It just makes me sad that someone blessed with a voice like that wastes it because of drugs. I would have given one of my less important toes or fingers to have a voice like that.

One thing I have in common with Whitney? My voice? Sadly, no, or I wouldn’t be writing a blog.  But both our mom’s name is Cissie/Cissy.

Regardless of whether or not you were a fan of her music, you can’t deny her talent, and it’s so sad to lose true talent, considering there doesn’t seem to be much of it these days. She really was a legend and it’s always sad to lose a person who had such a positive impact on something as important as music, especially when we lose them too soon. I’ve included two videos for you because I couldn’t decide. I cried a little bit as I watched them, remembering her at the top of her game.  Listen to the whole thing, truly amazing!  If you don’t’ get  chills, you are dead on the inside…

About Death To Hollywood

My name is Celeste Donohue and I am a writer/comedian who started this blog to tell stories about my life growing up in a funeral home and my adult life which I have spent in Hollywood, California – hence the name, “Death To Hollywood”. Hopefully, you like to read those kinds of stories. If not, go read something serious and boring.....
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10 Responses to Goodbye Whitney…

  1. the elder sister says:

    Oh it’s so sad to lose a gifted performer but an even greater loss for her daughter….. This is what you see when mental health issues go untreated. She reminded me of some of the tortured folks in the psych hospital that we treated.

    I hope Whitney has found some peace and is remembered more for her stunning voice than what her life became.

    Cee, you chose some beautiful examples of her work, thanks for sharing them!

  2. mdonohue says:

    The world needs more artists not less.I share the sorrow we all feel.She was such a beautiful woman,with an incredible voice,that we all loved.Life is truly a mystery.Love to all of us.Mom

  3. Josephine says:

    Outstanding voice, beautiful woman, demons in her soul she could not handle.

    I always loved the fact that she did not have a “studio” voice but a real voice, and could belt it out to the back of the room while still sounding like honey.

    Sad and scary what can happen to the people we think of as on top. ‘Bye Whitney.

  4. barskii says:

    Blessed be those,
    who have spent time upon this Earth,
    that we all, call home.

    May Her Voice be heard in the Heavens,
    When the Angels sing & Dance.
    ~ Blake ~

  5. Kris says:

    I cried at her performance at the superbowl….she sung so effortlessly, so clear! She left this world too soon……i hope she has found peace:(

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