February 11, 2012

Whitney: Didn't We Almost Have It All? (1987)

Didn't we almost have it all
When love was all we had worth giving?
The ride with you was worth the fall my friend
Loving you made life worth living.

The Sad Lady Vanishes

"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," --Whitney Houston dead at 48

"Everybody wanted Whitney to be what she wasn't - she wasn't Dionne Warwick. Whitney wasn't a complete pig; the lipstick worked. The Positive Black Image was credible, not just for Whitney but for a generation who saw Bill Cosby as Dad. It went from Sidney Poitier to Bill Cosby with Eddie Murphy in the middle. Eddie didn't have to care, and so he didn't try so much to keep up appearances - which was why his Dr Doolittle was so brilliant and good. But maintainers of the Positive Black Image needed Whitney, in the same desparate way they now need the Obamas even more." -- The Whitney Analogy - Cobb
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She and Cece Wynans did one of the best renditions of Great is Thy Faithfulness. RIP Whitney.

Posted by: Jewel at February 11, 2012 6:06 PM

Her life was a grand tragedy. Great talent, great beauty--all, all, thrown away.

Posted by: ahem at February 11, 2012 7:17 PM

Whitney, thanks for the Music!

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at February 11, 2012 7:22 PM

Poor woman. All of that talent - yet, on one last report before tonight, she was living off loans from her friends. She couldn't afford a thing anymore.

Maybe her heart just gave up. That happens sometimes.

Poor woman! May she rest in peace.

Posted by: newton at February 11, 2012 7:39 PM

Oh, that's sad. RIP, Whitney.

Posted by: Julie at February 11, 2012 9:28 PM

She was as self-indulgent a person as ever lived. This is not Billy Holiday.

Posted by: james wilson at February 11, 2012 10:23 PM

Sad commentary. Whitney like many R&B singers started singing in church , took her skills out in that cold hard world and that thing ate her lunch just like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye.

Posted by: bill at February 11, 2012 10:29 PM

Have a little compassion; Billy Holiday wasn't "Billy Holiday".

Posted by: ahem at February 12, 2012 12:15 PM

I hope that heaven treats you kind.

Posted by: Deborah at February 12, 2012 12:57 PM

Compassion for an addict is indistinguishable from enabling. I regret to say I know too well what I am talking about.

Posted by: james wilson at February 12, 2012 3:28 PM

I seems to me that compassion is quite easily distinguished from enabling when the person in question is dead.

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