In the video below, you will hear a remarkable performance on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno featuring Ms. Houston’s powerful rendition of the Christmas classic, “Do You Hear What I Hear”. She turned this very average song into a vocal masterpiece.
Yet, when listening to this song, I asked myself: “Would anyone ever really hear and understand the conflicting voices inside the late Whitney Houston’s head?”
Indeed, there were both good and bad voices; the former inspiring her to give memorably significant and unique performances and the latter pushing her toward a life filled with insecurity, chaos and severe drug addiction – all rooted in her struggle with mental illness.
For, at the root, she was suffering from a mental abnormality, thus allowing her life to spiral out of control. Thousands upon thousands of patients are cured every year, but many slip through the cracks. And Ms. Houston, unfortunately, fell into the latter category.
And even though the messages behind most of her songs gave us hope and courage to persevere in our personal lives, to embrace life with love and compassion, the messenger failed to heed her own advice.
For although Whitney Houston had the voice of an angel, she was relentlessly chased by demons. What a heartbreaking anomaly.
Tonight on the Grammy Awards Show, Jennifer Hudson will pay tribute to the late and great Whitney Houston. I am sure it will be an emotionally-charged tribute and one that will not be easy for Ms. Hudson.
However, I can think of no one better, with the exception of Beyonce, to deliver such a gigantic performance.
Indeed, Jennifer Hudson has weathered personal tragedies and has since triumphed in the face of adversity. So, she is really the perfect choice to remind us about the extraordinary legacy of music we have inherited because of Whitney Houston’s musical influence.
In the meantime, have a listen to this beautiful performance video below. It showcases Whitney Houston’s extraordinary vocal talent- the fine nuances in her voice, her expressive delivery, the clarity of her vocal timbre at every dynamic level.
And, that ringing head voice! She embraced this element in her voice like no other in her genre of music. What an absolute gift she was to the music industry.
Please add your favorite Whitney Houston moment(s) in the comments section.
The MCL community extends our heartfelt prayers and blessings to her daughter and family members. Godspeed Whitney Houston. Your musical legacy will be forever embedded in our minds and hearts.