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‘Whitney Houston Going Home.’ Did Whitney And The World Loved It?
Judging from the paltry coverage of her funeral service by the world media at large, except by celebrity sites like TMZ, it looks like much has been already said and written about the ‘Going Home’ ceremony of another of 20th century Icons, the much loved pop singer Whitney Houston. So what more is there to say?
There are many events and occasions which have left indelible marks on human memory for the visuals and voices they carried and in some cases for profound changes in world opinion and attitude.
However, certain occasions like the Kennedy assassination and the death of Princess Diana spring to mind as events which left the world shocked out of wits and saddest at the time but somehow despatched the real grief home only during the funerals, which were grimmest of affairs in grandest of settings.
The funeral service of Whitney Houston turned out be an ordinary affair in an ordinary church, yet caught the attention of the world and evoked feelings of loss and bonding of a different kind, which has made Whitney more endearing and human to millions of viewers who have turned more sympathetic.
Like thousands of others, Whitney Houston probably died of a quiet heart attack, after eating a ham burger with some satisfaction. An ordinary event in the life of a celebrity, which shot out of proportion and shocked the world thanks to the aura of negativity given by the media and the instant technology at its disposal today.
The bottom line is, Whitney actually belonged to a station in life which is home for a large majority of the people in the world. Like in the case of Lady Diana, it was the special corner of love and sympathy Whitney somehow managed to secure in the hearts of millions which sent the pain around in huge dollops rather than the heights she could carry her music with her wonderful melisma.
That is why, the ‘Going Home’ ceremony so affectionately and caringly organised by her mother and relatives turned out to be something the world could watch and relate to and something which would have made Whitney Houston enormously happy.
It was in fact a Home Coming celebration for some one who completed a very successful journey in life which Whitney Houston, accomplished diva and singer was denied by her untimely death. It was entirely in order to give her a send off where everyone could have thanked her and she could have thanked everyone who helped her along and the right thing to do.
More than anything else, the speeches and the songs sung in her praise by other famous performers like by Kevin Costner and Stevie wonder have put on some wonderful colour and shades to the caricature, perhaps somewhat distorted, the world had in its mind. At the end of that entire protracted event, the diva of
had certainly come
out in shining armour as a sweet darling of the entire world, ready to be
carried off by the angels for the only performance Whitney Houston ever had to
give. Certainly Whitney Houston couldn’t have gone home happier! Newark
Perhaps one of the biggest rewards of living in the 20th century and carrying on in to the 21st is the enormous shock, grief, despair, anger, excitement or joy one get to share with the whole world simultaneously from events defining our times around the world, which wouldn’t have been possible without the marvellous 20th century inventions in communication.
Article first published as â€˜Whitney Houston Going Home.â€™ Did Whitney And The World Love It? on Technorati.
It may be too soon to speak without being disrespectful to the departed, but whether the diva, famous for her sensational concert exits often with her signature piece “I will always love you” wished it to be or not, her death in reality has turned in to her grandest of exits!
“A surreal scene unfolded at the hotel as the party continued while Miss Houston's body remained in her room on the fourth floor, which was sealed off with yellow police tape.”
No one in history, except Julius Caesar, perhaps had his or her praise sung to the world and immortalised, while the soul which was separated from the body must have been looking down on it and smiling in greatest of joy at the fulfilment of the life just ended.
"Whitney Houston, simply put, had the greatest voice in the world. She was a gift of God. Hearing her sing was like listening to magic. If it wasn't for Clive Davis, the world may not have known about this miracle voice," Combs
It must sound cruel and uncaring to think of still holding a party when an invited has just departed, especially if it happened in the next room. But in the case of Whitney, who has been honoured with six Grammy awards, it was not just a party she was supposed to attend that evening, it was her mentor and music producer Clive Davis's customary pre-Grammy party, typically one of the most fun-filled highlights of the week leading to the music industry's top awards ceremony
For Whitney, it would have been a party held by her mentor who made her the Whitney Houston the whole world pines for, where she would have found herself the happiest. How could Whitney have asked it to be stopped, if her soul could, it would have sung “I will always love you” for all in the party hall to hear!
"Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on,"
Though some statements have been issued by the coroner about the cause of Whitney’s tragic death, and we may never ever know exactly, one thing seems to be true. Whitney Houston may not have asked for it but God has granted her the best stage she could have wished for a final performance.
Article first published as Did Whitney Houston Plan The Grandest Of Her Exits? on Technorati
It is that time of the year when you start looking for anything which makes you feel good and forget the misery of the year gone by. It is the time when you search for and dust off the covers of old audio and video cassettes, nuggets of nostalgia locked up in shelves and boxes because whether you like it or not, strains of Christmas music everywhere fondle the weakest corners of your heart and you slowly succumb to the euphoria of the festive season.