On to the important stuff: my first record album (the vinyl kind) was Dolly Parton's Greatest Hits, featuring the original "I Will Always Love You," and my first compact disc was The Bodyguard soundtrack. In between there was a trip to Disney World's Fort Wilderness during which my sister and I wore out the "Whitney"cassette in a rented motor home. So, as my earplugged neighbors will tell you, I'm still going through it with this situation:
On the teevee I heard India.Arie quote Anita Baker as saying it takes three generations to produce one Whitney Houston. Which makes me grateful to have had her around for my first 29+ years but bored as hell thinking about the next 60 or so with just ... Aguilera? A miasma of melisma awaits us.
But when I close my peepers tonight everything -- people, rooms, skirt suits -- will look as beautiful and effortless as this performance:
Goodbye, Whitney. You really did almost have it all.