This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen. It’s the time where we give thanks for making it through another week and for being alive and present here on Earth. How do we celebrate another week of living? We dance. So, are you alive this Friday? Are you and your family safe and sound? Take a few seconds now to be in the moment and realize what a great life you truly have. Did you give thanks for that?
Good, now let’s dance.
As most of you know, Whitney Houston was one of my favorite singing stars ever since I first heard her in my senior year of college. I can pretty much say without hesitation that I have played her music about every week from the time I discovered her through today. I wouldn’t feel right if I did not take this opportunity to pay my respects to this wonderful singer. If my life ever becomes a movie (which I doubt, but let’s just say), Whitney’s music would surely be on the soundtrack. I remember hearing her in college during my senior year singing ‘The Greatest Love Of All’. I then traveled to New York City for the first time shortly after and heard her sing it live on Governor’s Island for a celebration of the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty. There would be four other times I heard her sing live in concert. I remember begging my friend to dance with me at the clubs to ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’. That was when I was young and thought going out to a club was a good time. I remember a big break-up and listening over and over to ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’. Feeling proud to be an American from her ‘Star Spangled Banner’. You really couldn’t turn on a radio when I was on the West Coast and not hear ‘I Will Always Love You’ during ‘The Bodyguard’ era. It always makes me smile today when a contestant on ‘American Idol’ tries one of her songs from ‘The Bodyguard’ era and the judges criticize the contestant because no one can sing ‘Bodyguard’ Whitney better than Whitney. I discovered gospel music after buying the soundtrack from ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ and the song ‘I Believe In You and Me’. Happy to hear her voice again when ‘I Look To You’ hit the airwaves.
So thank you Whitney for always singing when I needed someone to sing. In your honor, we dance with you today here on Acorns On Glen. I hope all of you who are reading this will join us.