I cant remember who I heard first, Madonna or Whitney Houston, but I loved them both equally and my hairbrush singing was equally divided into Whitney and Madonna songs. I was about 10 years old when Whitney released How will I Know, I knew every word off by heart with the help of Smash Hits. I had Whitney lyrics sellotaped to my wardrobe door so I wouldn’t forget them when I was performing in front of the mirror!
We all have a favourite Whitney song I’m sure – mine is One Moment in Time. My 13 year old self had shivers down her spine on hearing the intro of the song (the theme to the 1988 Olympics), even now it never fails to stir me and evoke such strong memories. I think it was the first time I really realised the power of a song. Despite not having written the lyrics to the song, you could quite easily believe she did as Whitney could deliver a song like no one else. Every word pronounced with such emotion, always telling the story with her amazing voice like we were in it with her.
Whitney was always on hand when you had a break up, a crush or anything that involved crying into your Ribena/wine. When I split up with my first boyfriend I had the 12″ of I Will Always Love You spinning on the deck for at least 12 hours at a time whilst I howled in to my pillow.
When the news of her death broke late last night, it seemed like every one woke up, people were just genuinely really shocked and sad. And it is sad because despite the fact Whitney was an pop icon and had her troubles, she is still someones mum, friend and daughter. To us she was the epitome of pop, the ultimate diva and the soundtrack to our childhoods, when that is taken away it feels like we have to grow up a bit and realise that life isn’t all what we thought it was when we first heard One Moment in Time.
RIP Whitney…. x