Houston's Longing for Shakespeare's Vision
To thine own self be true –Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Many an author may write or sing the most beautiful words, yet never take their own advice. The Associated Press has reported Whitney Houston, age 48, died Saturday February 11th, 2012, the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards; almost to the day of her debut album release.
Whitney launched her career with her album, self titled, on February 14th, 1985. She had 3 number one singles off that album: “Saving all my love for you”, “How will I know”, and “The Greatest Love of All” on the Billboard Top 100. She was the first female artist to achieve this feat.
While the release of details about her death have yet to be released, it is a tragedy to hear another artist has fallen so early on their journey through life. Given her history of drug abuse, it is easy to speculate.
Those that have a gift of conveying emotion and heartfelt messages through art, tend to struggle on their journey. Was it fame? Was it fortune? What is it that takes these epic stars home so early?
Whitney found fame in her prime during her 20’s. As she approached age 50, The Associated Press sited suspicion that Houston was facing challenges hitting notes and other possible age related symptoms in regards to her singing. Time will tell what happened to Whitney, but for now the world morns the loss of an epic female artist.
“And if by chance, that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love” --Whitney Houston “The Greatest Love of All”