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Another celebrity obit/reflection

February 16, 2012 - Jennifer Brookens
And here we are again, reflecting on another celebrity death. Again, another great talent usurped by drama and drug abuse.

They'll never learn, will they?

With that jadedness aside, I remember most fondly the old Whitney Houston, pre-Bobby Brown, pre-drugs. She was one of the artists of my 1980s childhood/teen soundtrack. Listened to her first two albums (or cassettes) over and over back then. Then came "The Bodyguard," Bobby Brown and that incessant love song you couldn't escape. At that point in my life, I was rejecting the "love song" mentality and I tuned out.

I came back around during the "Waiting to Exhale" movie, and a year or two later, a song from "The Preacher's Wife" soundtrack: "I Believe in You and Me," was played at my wedding reception. (Perhaps I wasn't so jaded on love after all). But since then, I haven't thought much of Whitney with the exception of her occasionally popping up in celebrity/tabloid gossip as the downward spiral took hold. I suppose following the dark side many celebrities have, we shouldn't be surprised it ended the way it did. Yet we all have a tendency to root for the comeback kid.

Alas, here we are once again mourning a great talent and great beauty, wasted.

They'll never learn. Will we?

Whitney's first Top 40 hit: "You Give Good Love"

From "The Preacher's Wife" soundtrack: "I Believe in You and Me"


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