Friday, September 18, 2009

Whitney Houston once remade singer Chaka Khan's R&B classic "I'm Every Woman." When the song was release she was on top of the world, having performed the "Star Spangled Banner" at the 1997 Super Bowl like no other singer had sang it before. She had had one of the most popular songs in the history of pop music with the Dolly Parton penned "I Will Always Love You." She managed to, while not entirely taking away such a tremendous contribution to music, to nearly undo it with her penchant for partying and drug use, and a tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown.

She emerged brand new on The Oprah Winfrey Show this week. She has kicked cocaine and dumped Brown. She seems healthy, but the voice has been reduced by her rough lifestyle of drug abuse despite her riches. The interview was proof that Houston is that every woman she sang about in the song. Not because of drug abuse, though of course many woman struggle with that, but because of the resilience of spirit that has brought her back relatively whole.

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