As the world grieves the loss of an imperfect angel on earth, fellow music heavyweights, who were familiar with Whitney Houston, speak on the devastatingnews and recount memories of the superwoman.
While at Clive Davis‘ somber pre-Grammy party, Alicia Keys serenaded the audience with a medley of her hits and covers. Prior to this, she accompanied herself on the piano while revealing heartfelt memories of her friendship with Whitney.
“I started to think back, think about just how much this person has touched your life, and it’s incredible, it’s incredible - I mean, from being a little girl, like a little girl growing up, watching this beautiful, incredible woman, who was a girl at the time, too. I’m talking about Whitney, and I’d be like, ‘Oh, I want to dance with somebody’,” Keys said and sang.
Alicia recalled a tourstop when her “kindred sister” made an impromptu visit, and realized she was pregnant prior to revealing it to the public.
She ended the speech with, “I think it’s hard; we get busy, we get fast, we’re thinking about tomorrow, we’re thinking about yesterday, we’re thinking about everything, but we sometimes forget about this moment right here; so we gotta remember to love each other cause nothing else even matters.”
Meanwhile, another incredible voice spoke on The Voice. Beyoncé posted a touching tribute to Ms. Houston on her official website.
“The loss of Whitney Houston is painful. I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind. She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her. I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control. So many of my life’s memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song. She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us.
God bless her.”
An excerpt that resonates with me from Bey’s letter is: “She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her.” As Alicia said, ‘we get too busy and fast thinking about tomorrow and yesterday that we forget about right now.’ Today (and everyday), take the time to make someone feel like they are loved by you.