04 March 2012

Whitney Houston

Whatever went wrong with Whitney? A promising rising start with a bright future and a voice to take her there. After her movie role in The Bodyguard, the sky seemed to be the limit. She was a model, singer, actor, record producer and so on. Her movies won at the box office, her singles peaked on the charts and her records easily made platinum. Her concerts sold out. Houston's rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner", USA's national anthem at Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium on January 27, 1991 is one of the best vocal performances I've ever heard. It was as effortless as it was sublime. It was the first ever rendition to become a pop hit. See it below...

Her marriage to a notorious fellow, Bobby Brown, in the early 90's marked the beginning of her downfall. Soon she was discovered or rather confirmed to be involved in drug abuse and the like and this from a woman whose early beginnings where firmly rooted in the church singing songs such as 'Amazing Grace' as a little girl. As we all know, once drugs come in, the good goes out. Not too long down the road and the once famous and rising star's name was now the object of mockery, and synonymous with jest and scorn. A laughing stock. A tragic fall from grace. She literally threw her career away. Several chances to redeem herself were presented but only after she separated from her husband in 2003 did she begin again to find her rhythm.

But Whitney never did quite find her rhythm again. Attempts to reinvent herself and kick of a career that was stalled for so long never quite materialized. Fans would walk out of her concerts saying her voice was a mere shadow of what it once was. On the 11th of February 2012, she was found dead in her hotel room submerged in a tub.

Whitney's story comes as a warning to many, especially young people. The youth are not careful what company they keep. Look where Whitney ended up. And perhaps the worst case, young ladies arrogantly refuse to end relationships with dubious young men. Whitney's story could just as easily become theirs. Clearly the saying, "show me your friends today and I'll show you yourself in 10 years" is true.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ~Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”