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February 11, 2012

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Very very sad to hear of anyone dying too young. I hope she can now rest in peace.

Perhaps the rumors about 2012 are true and God needed another powerful voice in His heavenly choir. Both Etta James and Whitney will be joining Amy Winehouse in the ranks of transcendant voices, while we can only remember what we had, while we had her. I'll never forget her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl in the 90s. It was magnificent. She didn't struggle through it as most do - she just belted it out with pleasure and pride and reduced me to emotional jelly!

It really is a shame that her life has to be added to the long list of cautionary tales. It shouldn't have ended this way but she was relentless in making very bad choices. Her problems were self-inflicted. It's not like she came from a humble and troubled childhood. She came from music royalty. Her talent opened to her an opportunity to do good in the world but she chose to live a self-indulgent life.

A real shame. We can and should remember and appreciate her talent but what was behind the voice was a life largely wasted.

I too place her "Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl on my very short list of great renditions, possibly the best. We have all heard that song thousands of times but she made it sound like we were discovering it for the first time. Rather than stylistically mangling it like so many others do, Whitney just sang it better. THAT is talent.

Here's a video of Whitney's first recorded performance of her first lead at the New Hope Baptist Church at age 15.

Her talent needed no favors. You could have put her up against the best and she would have stood out, even at 15.

For the record, Whitney did an enormous amount of charitable work throughout her lifetime. The difference between her and some of her colleagues in the entertainment field is that she didn't make a big deal of her quiet charity - preferring to do so quietly and privately.

She was a deeply troubled woman who deserves our appreciation and compassion. And we need to pray with all our might for her daughter Bobbi Kristina who has already been seen indulging in cocaine and who, as the child of two drug addicts, has a few strikes against her already!

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