|Whitney Houston 1963-2012|
Whitney Houston was one of my favourite female artists of all times, so news of her death today came as a shock to me. I remember listening to Whitney in the 90s and being mesmerized by her powerful vocals and the passion that came across in her music.
For me, she represented an era when music was music. Then we had the likes of Michael Jackson, the old Mariah Carey and boy bands like Backstreet boys and Boys II Men. Today, I feel music no longer has taste or purpose. In our present era, hype triumphs over substance; generic formulas over talent; raw, powerful vocals have been replaced by squeaky, digitilised voices; we no longer savour the joy of the lead/bass guitar pulling at our heartstrings; reckless commercialisation is the order of the day.
Today I mourn the passing of a legend, but I also mourn the dearth of quality music and desperately wish for a return of the good old days. Goodnight Whitney.