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Whitney Houston: Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

Published February 18, 2012 - 4 Comments

I’ve debated whether or not to enter into the whole “Whitney Houston is dead” thing, and decided that it would be the perfect topic to flex my blogging muscle again.  I’ve been a little lightweight recently, and that has to stop.  So here goes.

Whitney Houston is dead, people… deal with it.  While I would never diminish someone’s death, I have a hard time seeing the level of tragedy the media appears to see… If you want to see tragic death why not look at Syria right now?  Over 8500 Syrian citizens have been slaughtered by their own government in less than a year, and world leaders can’t even agree on the wording of a letter to ask the Syrian president to stop running his people over with tanks.  If Syria is a little too far away for your liking, then why not look closer to home?  Last weekend 3 local young people died in 2 separate vehicle accidents due to bad weather conditions.  Three bright, perfectly happy, healthy, vibrant lives… snuffed out in less time than it takes to read this sentence. Tragic.

Whitney Houston was a celebrity, but celebrities are just people.  They have problems like the rest of us.  Society seems to put far too much focus into the ups and downs of these people.  Don’t get me wrong… I do believe that she should be properly mourned… by the people who knew her.  People who knew the real Whitney Houston, with all her talent and all her flaws.  But I didn’t know her, and I’m guessing that neither did you.

I like Whitney Houston’s music.  I’m listening to it while I write this.  I liked her movie, The Bodyguard.  Sure, it was cheesy… but she made up for it with the powerful I Will Always Love You.  I smile every time I hear that song, thinking of my duet partner and I belting that out at the top of our lungs in the car.  Yes… that’s right, you read that correctly.

My point is this:  I’m not a hater.  Whitney Houston was a talented artist, whose life was cut short by a series of bad decisions which snowballed uncontrollably… not unlike many non-celebrities every day.  I do think that she deserves to me remembered as the talented artist that she once was…

I’m just not sure that news channels have to report on every minute detail… while glossing less “flashy” stories.

But hey.. that’s just me.  You might think differently…