Monday, February 13, 2012

A Tribute

When Jess and I were young, our mom would often take us on car rides around town. We always liked to play cassette tapes and drive down the tree-lined streets toward Old Town listening to our favorite songs.

One of our very favorites to play on these afternoon rides was Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." We loved the upbeat rhythms and Whitney's beautiful voice as she belted out the lyrics to a song that made us all want to dance. 


"The truest expression of a people
is in its dances and its music.
Bodies never lie."
~ Agnes de Mille ~

Needless to say, we were deeply saddened to hear the tragic news about Whitney Houston's passing this weekend. She had such a special star quality about her - her bright smile, fashion-forward style, carefree attitude, and, of course, her truly spectacular voice.

Her music really was a gift to the world, and her loss will be deeply felt by many. Our hearts go out to Whitney's grieving family and friends during this difficult time, and we hope the ones she has left behind will take comfort in knowing how much joy her music has given to so many people. 

To celebrate the life of a beloved and talented woman, we'd like to share our favorite Whitney Houston song with you. This is the Whitney we'll always remember in our hearts.

Whitney Houston, we'll always love YOU. May you rest in peace. 

~ Nel ~  

32 comments:

It's me said...

O yes...such a sad news.....beautiful that you make a post for her.....love from me...xxx..

Barbara F. said...

She will be missed. I was always hopeful that she would make a huge comeback......but at least she is at peace. xo

Becky~ said...

I so agree with you Nel.She was awesome.I loved all of her songs her voice was just the most beautiful voice.For me I enjoyed the bodyguard movie and sound track I could listen to it over and over and I still do.May she finally rest in peace.

Cami said...

WOW. This is such a beautiful tribute post. WOW. Many prayers for her + her family!

<3-Cami from First Day of My Life

Marydon said...

Lovely memories of your childhood. Mother used to take us on drives thru town, also.

Whitney had the world at her finger tips ... so sad.

Happy Valentine's
TTFN ~
Marydon

Elaine said...

It is so sad to see such a gifted lady die at a young age when she had so much yet to give.. May she find the peace she needs.

Anne said...

Very sad to see her die so young! I loved her music!
~Anne

Teresa said...

So sweet of you.
Her best reward is to feel that she did belonged to people's lives as there isn't a single person who'd say that one of her musics (at least) wasn't sounding in a certain moment of their lives.

May Her Soul Rest in Peace.

TARYTERRE said...

Such a wonderful voice. A life cut tragically short. So sad, indeed about Whitney. You have sweet memories. Nice song. Take care.

Susie Swanson said...

Such a tragic loss, thank you for posting this..she will be missed..so much talent..Susie

Shirley said...

So sad. It truly is a loss for so many! She was one of the great's for sure. This is a wonderful heart felt tribute!

loveandlilac said...

A lovely and fitting tribute. Its good to remember the times when her talent soared rather than dwell on the sadness of her later life. I hope she is at peace now. Louise x

NanaDiana said...

Nice tribute, Nel! It is so sad, isn't it? I have one daughter that won a full voice scholarship singing her songs. My heart aches for her 18 year old daughter. xo Diana

Mary said...

She was one of the best! I love her voice....one like no other.

georgia~gigi said...

Hey girls :)
She is gone by NEVER forgotten!
What a wonderful tribute!!!!!
Much love
gi gi

georgia~gigi said...

oops, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!

francis said...

Oh my dear ....you are so sweet to write those words ....
My heart is happy thanks to you !
I am listening to your favorite song .....
It is so sad the world is so difficult for the famous and talented ones . So many of us take the music for granted and we do not realise what it takes to live such a life .
Now ...... on her way to heaven she
will feel our love I hope , I wish , I pray .
I wish you'r day is happy !

Daniella said...

Such a tragic loss. She had a voice like an angel!
xxDaniella

delightfuleclecticabode.com said...

What a shock it was to hear of her untimely death! Her music will live on forever. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones, especially her daughter. I loved her in the Movie "The Body Guard." Her light went out too quick and she will be missed.

What a beautiful tribute to her memory Nel.

~Sandy

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Nel, What a wonderful tribute. A true talent, gone too soon. She will be greatly missed.

Happy Valentine's Day to all you girls. Lovely post below too.

Hi Sheri,
Thank you for stopping by my friend. Enjoy your evening with your sweetheart.
XO Celestna Marie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

She was phenomenal. Her beauty alone was noteworthy and will always be remembered, but that voice, what a gift from GOD.

And to my dearest Sheri,

I am so happy that you received your heart dear one. Enjoy it always!!! AND THANK YOU and your daughter for the business! Anita

My Beautiful World said...

Beautiful post my friend, I remember days like this with my Mum we both loved her song the Greatest Love of All! she will be missed for her music and lovely soul. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Always Wendy

Happy@Home said...

A most beautiul tribute to a beautiful and amazingly talented lady. She will be missed by so many. I enjoyed your special memories. My sons remember my husband blaring her "I Will Always Love You" song every time he painted a room in the house.

HM Flower Fairy said...

Hi Sheri and daughters!

What a beautiful tribute to such a wonderful woman. I have been in love with Whitney's music ever since I was 18 or something. I am a singer myself and covered many of her songs. I love to sing I will always love you! I am totally crazily in love with her movie and music of 'The Preacher's wife' and oh just all her music is great. I was shocked to hear the news and had a rotten Sunday because of it. It deeply touched me as she was in my life somehow all the time. It's such a pity that she didn't make it and that those rotten drugs and stardom catched her in his horrible trap. I just still can't believe she's not there anymore, but i'm sure the angels are singing out loud now in heaven! Thank you for this great tribute and it's even more a sign that we have to enjoy today, as tomorrow may never come!

hugs and blessings,
Ingeborg

Sall's Country Life said...

This is so nice, I love your tribute to Whitney Houston and your memories with your mom! I loved that song too. What's weird for me is that she was only 1 year older than me! I would drive around in my early 20's with her music blasting! We were both so young and now she's gone too soon! She had a gift!

Musings Of A Gem said...

Hello!

Thank you ever so much for visiting my blog : ) It's nice to see a blog that is written by a family rather than just one person!

Gemma x

Sarah O'Brien said...

Whiteny was beyond amazing! I wanted to come over and say thank you for the incredibly nice post you left on my blog, it put a smile on my face and made my day that much better. Hope you all are having a lovely Thursday

M. said...

I'm still in shock. I Wanna Dance with Somebody is my favorite Whitney song. It just makes you happy.

romance-of-roses said...

Hi Girls, this is a beautiful post. Been watching on tv her early years and she was such a cute girl and so much talent. RIP Whitney. Hugs...Lu

Deborah said...

Loved this sweet lady and will truly miss her xo

Deborah xo

Kim @ Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

A beautiful voice will be missed in the world. It is so sad to see her join the list of other entertainers who died way too soon....many due to drug and alcohol abuse, sadly. Those who have left us seemed to have so much in life...talent, success, and more. It seems the one thing they didn't have was peace and joy in their hearts which is so so sad :( Happiness comes from within and from our faith. Her death was a tragic loss. I hope that in death she can find the peace that was missing in her life. May God hold her close to Him and also her family who has lost someone they dearly loved. Your tribute is very nice and she would be proud of it. Her music will live on and on. I played "I Have Nothing" and "I Will Always Love You" in a piano recital once. :) xoxo Kim

♥ Miss Tea said...

such a sad news, i have lots of memories with every song she sung, she has a great voice and i remember watching the bodyguard movie with my childhood sweetheart hahaha what a loving memory, Rest in Peace Whitney!

x susan