The hardest part about losing a diva are those subtle reminders every once in a while that she’ belting, throwing tantrums and having angels fired in The Great Beyond—whether it’s a song that comes up on your iPod, an old music video on TV or, in this case, a birthday: Whitney Houston (say it softly and it basically is praying) would have been 49 years old today.
Here are a few ways to show that you will always love her.
Dance With Somebody (Who Loves You) – A singer of the highest caliber, Whit was also one of the preeminent dance-pop divas of the 20th century. Fire up some of her hair-flipping classics, grab someone—love is never a prerequisite—and dance the pain away. It’s the way she would’ve wanted it.
Wait To Exhale—The majority of the 90s saw Whitney flexing her acting muscles in The Bodyguard, The Preacher’s Wife and Waiting to Exhale. Get in touch with your inner “Queen of the Night” or your inner arsonist and “Step by Step” into a mini movie marathon.
Lip-Synch For Your Life – Who hasn’t emulated Whitney’s signature lip-quiver, arms-raising, finger-pointing, sweat-drenched style of singing as a child…or as an adult at 2 a.m. in a bar after a few too many vodka sodas? Lip-synching is the closest thing we have to a full-on seance, bringing Houston’s spirit twirling back into our lives, if only briefly.
Run To YouTube – In addition to her oeuvre of music videos, La Houston also left behind a number of amazing live performances that basically show why no other singer mattered once she opened her mouth, all available for your obsessive perusal on the YouTube.
Add A Dose Of Sparkle – Though Houston’s swan song won’t hit theaters until next week, you can listen to the soundtrack as we’ve been doing (on infinite replay) right here. And to further whet your appetite, below is some behind-the-scenes footage of the video for the movie’s first single, “Celebrate.”
Photo: Stage 6 Films