The end of January 2012 I took a much needed vacation to DC & NYC. Though I lived many years in NY & had been to DC several times, I wanted to sit back & play a tourist for once. I spent the next few weeks doing things at leisure, eating all the fatty NY food I wanted to, having drinks in the middle of the day, & enjoying life.
unexpectedly, I was rejuvenated. I was reminded how important it is to sit back sometimes and take a little time for yourself. I also had time to reflect on how mandatory it is to make sure your life is what you what it to me. To change those things which aren’t working in your favor or as you would like.
I had a party to go to the day I got back in Atlanta & I was really looking forward to it. Nothing like coming home to a good time with old friends. A friend had rented a suite downtown to be central for everyone so you can imagine the amount of drinks, food, game playing, & trash talking that was about to take place. I hadn’t been in the room 10 minutes when a breaking news report came across the screen reporting Whitney Houston Dead. Music was turned down, glasses paused in mid-air, it seemed like seconds before anyone breathed. It’s the moment when you know that what you’re hearing is true. That it’s not one of the random false reports that go around the internet. The party stopped. We sat glued to the TV watched the news as it happened. Phones were abuzz with texts, tweets, Facebook updates, & calls. & then the RIP’s began to flood the airwaves. It was too early for RIP, we weren’t ready to admit it was true yet. Someone tried to make a joke about the situation, no one found it funny.
Whitney Houston was the older aunt that we knew would bring the party. She was the sister that would get down and dirty with you. She was the cousin that could sing her A** off. Whitney was the star that everyone compared themselves against & just like that her light went dark. I don’t care what people “knew was coming” or “wasn’t surprised about”…. What I know is that Whitney was a Songbird & she gave good love every note of the way. I know that I can sing almost every lyric of her songs perfectly out of tune. I know that when I needed something from music, she gave it to me. What I know most is that she will forever be loved & deeply missed!
Supernova Copyright February 2012, Nykieria Chaney
I imagine a great meeting in heaven Legends come and gone rocking on Jamming Lifting up their voices and singing No more trouble No more pain After a lifetime of headlines and reporters picking them to pieces, I imagine the welcoming trumpet is quite a beautiful sound No more worries No more troubles No more demons exposing their past Having found peace at last…
Dear Whitney Elizabeth Houston Having been born of Cissy, cousin of Dionne, and God child of Aretha I imagine gospel harmonies littered your soul before singing “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” at 11 years old First woman of color to grace Seventeen (mag) with layouts in Glamour and Cosmopolitan That little light of yours was already shining You just wanted to dance with somebody but You were “So Emotional” You never knew the Greatest Love of All was inside of you But let’s first rewind to 1985 The first taste of success Rolling Stones said “one of the most exciting new voices in years” first African-American female artist to receive consistent heavy rotation on MTV by 1986 you topped the Billboard 200 chart and stayed there for 14 weeks 1989 most prominent international crossover superstar since Michael Jackson I mean you were the only act ever to turn the national anthem into a pop hit, even your Welcome Home Heroes concert gave HBO the highest ratings ever See, hearing you gave me a feeling of what angels must sound like I believed the children was our future You gave me good love in the 80’s Singing “I’m your baby tonight” But it was April 13, 1989 that changed your life forever Up against “Superwoman” and “Giving You The Best That I Got” You met the beginning of your death in a man named Bobby Brown Married March 4 1993 Gave birth to your first and his fourth child See Whitney, you made me contemplate the difference between love and happiness vs. death and destruction Like we all want a soul mate but I do not want to sell my soul to mate I mean don’t get me wrong, I want a woman who I can love to death but don’t kill me in the process See in my artistic mind, I can picture the first time that gradual use became a lifetime addiction From sporadic to habitual What did it do to you that kept you returning because while you turned to it, we awaited your comeback We wanted to see you back in your shining glory We wanted a happy end to the story But you’ve reminded us that life doesn’t always have a fairytale ending and sometimes your biggest moments is the one you’ve had in the beginning So at “One Moment in Time” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” Celebrating the “Miracle” of your voice We know your “Name is Not Susan” “We Didn’t Know” That “Step by Step” you were waiting to “Exhale” but kept coming up with the “Same Script, Different Cast” “It’s Not Right but it’s Okay” You’ve gone on to Try it On Your Own and “Love Will Save The Day” You will always be “Every Woman” And for what it’s worth, yes Whitney, “You Give Good Love”
Copyright February 2012, Nykieria Chaney
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