|Posted by Jermaine Sain on February 14, 2012 at 7:10 AM|
By now I know that you are aware of Whitney Houston’s death on Saturday (February 11, 2012). I’m sure there will be more Whitney songs played on the radio, more blogs posting things about her, etc. At the time that I found out about the tragedy I had just finished my interview with the lovely, talented singer Julie Dexter and was about to take me a quick afternoon nap. Then I saw that my sister had called me during the time that I was interviewing. So of course I call her back and she tells me that she was just calling to see if I had heard that Whitney Houston had died. I immediately thought to myself, “..that can’t be true!” But of course we know that at any moment, any of us can leave this world. So I immediately turned on the television and sure enough, it was true! I remember feeling the same way I felt about Amy Winehouse’s death. (I had just finished the interview with singer Winston Warrior when I found out about her.) The feeling I had was if someone I personally knew had gone. It felt like a musical composition was lost. (Many writers know that feeling-when you've written a really good piece and then you loss it! Your heart drops!)
Then I started thinking about the families of each of these women. In particularly with Whitney’s death, I thought about her mother and daughter. My prayers go out to them! We may have adored Whitney and feel pain of her death but not too many people can remember the touch of her hand, the smell of her perfume, her eyes looking up to them for support, or the warm hugs and kisses, like her daughter and mother.
Once the reality had settled in my mind,I then started thinking about something else. I started wondering why we always talk about how much we loved someone once they are gone. This is not just celebrities. We do it with our own family and friends and that really bothers me! I’m not saying that everyone you know is going to always get hugs, kisses, and “I love you” all the time but can we love them a little more?
When Whitney was having her issues with her addiction and such, we ate that woman up like she was a freshly cooked breakfast. Anytime someone covered her story or a story about her,all we wanted to know was about her drug habits or talking about her weight, or talking about her and Bobby.
As a people and as fans, did we really show her how much we loved her, even through her darkest hours? Somemay say yes, but I’m not too sure of that! When I look back at various interviews with Whitney, most of them dressed as if they were concerned for Whitney and her well being but most of them just wanted to get the gossip.
I said all that to say that it’s timethat we learn how to support one another even when it seems that they have gone astray and not wait until they are dead to say I love you!
Whitney your music will live for many years to come…..for more years than most of us will see and I am honoredto have walked this earth at the same time as such a musical legend!