You gave good love to me

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)

It was just another night at the FC, when Eclypse just said: “Whitney Houston. She just died 20 minutes ago.”

Then heard this crowd of hard rockers all sharing their initial disbelief and genuine sadness.

For the next few minutes, news snippets were being pasted in local chat as people shared what they thought of the news. Regrets of squandered talent and untimely death filled the airspace. Even Turbo DJ repeated what we already knew, which she followed by playing “I will always love you”.

When one voice touches so many, who are so different, so deeply, and for so long – that’s when you know – you have a legend. There is no denying that she was one of the best singers we will ever, ever, ever hear. A voice that touches the soul.

What Whitney Houston song to share today? There are just so many inspiring songs in her catalog.

How many hours and hours did I listen to these songs on repeat? There is so much heart in this music, so much soul. Thank you Whitney, you really did give good love to me:

Saving all my love for youOne moment in time, How will I know, I wanna dance with somebody, Didn’t we almost have it all, So emotional, Where do broken hearts go, Love will save the day, All at once, I will always love you, I’m every woman, I have nothing, Run to you, My love is your love and more.

And with each song, I’m thinking.. “that’s the one!… No, that’s the one!”

What an incredible range. Everyone of them would be a triumph for any singer. But all of them? This truly was an extraordinary songbird the likes of which we’ll rarely see.

And after a listen to all of these this morning, one stood out. It may not be my absolute favorite, but it was the one she probably needed most throughout her life. Linda Creed wrote the lyrics of the “Greatest Love of All” in the midst of her struggle with breast cancer. The words describe her feelings about coping with great challenges that one must face in life, being strong during those challenges whether you succeed or fail, and passing that strength on to children to carry with them into their adult lives. Creed eventually succumbed to the disease in April 1986 at the age of 36; at the time her song was an international hit by Whitney Houston in her debut album.

And if by chance, that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

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