Saturday, February 11, 2012

Singer Whitney Houston Dead at 48

How many times will we have to hear the shocking announcement of someone with great talent being taken from among us too soon. At this point it is very early at few details are available regarding what took place. It was no secret that Whitney struggled with demons that were as big as her talent. On the eve of the Grammy Awards, one of the greatest modern singers is no more. It seems that the pitfalls that come with the kind of fame that few people will ever know are so great that the ability to simply survive to a ripe old age is an accomplishment in itself. Whitney Houston was at one point arguably the biggest singing star in the world and sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. How do we reconcile that many of our brightest talents such as Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and now Whitney Houston never made it to that elder performer status and were suddenly gone. The loss of Whitney Houston will be felt the most by her family and especially by her daughter. The rest of us will think about why and how this happened, but we will go on with our lives. The questions will linger around why so many that were blessed so much talent seem to leave so soon.