Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dear Whitney Houston's Voice...

As of late you’ve been at the center of criticism. Reports suggest that fans that purchase your tickets filled with excitement to be blown away by you are leaving the concerts disappointed; kind of like the same disappointment one feels when they realize that the picture on the box of frozen pizza never looks like the pizza that comes out of it.

Thankfully, we have the evidence of what used to be from yesteryear.

Young girls *raises hand* would spend their time in front of their parents’ full length mirrors lip-syncing to your every word using a hairbrush as a microphone, collapsing on their beds in awe of you just wondering how you were able to sound the way that you did.

Soft and elegant yet powerful and commanding, you were almost magical. So you have to understand where the disappointment originates from.

We’re talking “I Will Always Love You”, “Saving All My Love For You.” Hell, you even made the "Star Spangled Banner" a hit single after you tackled it. You were a national treasure, something that belonged to music‘s archives that could be sealed in a time capsule and now…well now…things aren’t as peachy anymore.

Though it may be difficult (painful even) to listen to you live now knowing what your full potential used to be, just know that you still have a place in every music fanatic’s heart.

They don’t make them like you anymore. I’m almost inclined to say that the Gods broke the mold when they made you...too much pressure?

I understand. Pressure can get the best of many so for that reason we are thankful that you were around. If not, we wouldn’t be able to tell if something wasn’t up to par had you not set the bar in the past.

Guess we’ll just have to live with the memories because the present is but a minute fragment of your legacy. And who knows, perhaps one day it will all come back and the moments where you bombed will just be conversation filler that gets brought up during happy times.

It is pressure after all that produces the diamonds of the world.

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