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Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston’s Last Song – Celebrate – With Jordin Sparks


Oh darn! I wish I could say that I love this song, but I don’t. And, it has nothing to do with the singing talent. I mean between the late Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks, there was more than enough vocal power with which to work.

But, at the end of the day, the song is just so undeserving of their vocal gifts. It goes no where, is repetitive, melodically vacant in composition and texture – just a great big mess.

Given that it is the last song that Ms. Houston recorded, I was hoping for something more iconic, more legendary.

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I understand that the composer didn’t realize at the time that Ms. Houston would be gone shortly after this song was written and recorded, but, still, we are talking about Whitney Houston here. It calls for a song with substance, not fluff.

The song was premiered on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show today.

What do you think of this song? Agree or disagree with me? It left me empty and sad after I listened to it.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “Whitney Houston’s Last Song – Celebrate – With Jordin Sparks”

  1. Whitney didn’t possess the vocal clarity that she once had. The disease that she so vehemently fought, in the end, got the better of her. She may not have been built to break but she was no longer the pillar of strength that she once was after the introduction of the chemicals.

    The rasp in her voice in this recording as in other post addiction recordings is so strange to hear. I wish she had more people around her that were willing to put up a bigger fight on her behalf.

    I am dead set against drug use. I don’t condone it and I am not as sympathetic as some for people who allow themselves to be over taken and destroyed by chemicals. There is no excuse for it IMO and especially in this case. I tend to lend my support for those who find the strength to just say no and hold fast to their principles. But first and foremost those principles must actually exist. But as I stated in my last post; all the lessons that we learn in life do not come from the best and most positive role models.

    Sometimes we can take valuable lessons out of someone else’s misdeed or poor judgement. So I will not say that it is every celebrity’s responsibility to set a good example because they are still in the spot light and for those who are paying attention their is a lesson to be learned in both success and failure.

    As far as the song goes. No, I don’t really care for it. Unfortunately it may have been the best that she could do after all the damage she had caused to her voice. Jordan, however will go on to do bigger and better things. I’m just praying that she doesn’t fall into the same traps that so many of those who have gone before her fell into.

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  2. Taymaro – the song did nothing for her or Jordin. Yes, Whitney’s voice did lose its, well, sparkle, but she deserved a better melody than this. She still was an intuitive singer despite her vocal deficiencies because of her drug abuse.

    I am sorry that her life came to such a terrible end but, at it’s core, abuse of any kind is mental illness at the most horrible stage of a person’s life.

    It’s a shame that she couldn’t embrace her legacy and live the remainder of her life in peace, enjoying her daughter and relishing all that glorious music she gave her legions of fans.

    But tortured souls live out their lives in complete misery, as their loved ones watch helplessly. It is a sad journey. Heart wrenching for all.

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