My family was hooked on Whitney Houston’s voice from the moment her debut record dropped in 1985. I still remember recording myself on tape singing “Greatest Love of All” and giving it to my mother before I went to spend the summer at my dad’s house. Needless to say, my vocals didn’t compare with Whitney’s but it was the sentiment which counted I guess.
My mother was a big fan of The Bodyguard, which I have to admit is one of my not-so-guilty pleasures as well. Even if you thought her music was too “doctor’s office”, you cannot deny what a powerful instrument she had. “I Will Always Love You” is a testament to that voice. I think people who slated it were probably secretly jealous. You don’t have to be a fan to recognize the breath-taking range of those notes, especially that note. Whitney set a bar so high, even she couldn’t reach it in the end.
Here’s one of my favorite Whitney tracks which kind of says it all. Requiescat in pace, Whitney. – @kroslen