Posts tagged "Whitney Houston"

Tyler Perry on the Grace that Carried Whitney Houston Home

What beautiful, beautiful 4 minutes. Can I get a Hallelujer?

Didn’t We Almost Have It All: Whitney Houston’s Life as Impasse

Didn’t We Almost Have It All: Whitney Houston’s Life as Impasse

My wife and I were watching Saturday Night Live when NBC broke the news that Whitney Houston had died. Other than the time and place of her death, no other details were given. And, truthfully, we didn’t need any other details to have an inkling of what had happened. Just as with the announcement of Michael Jackson’s passing, we had all watched Whitney slide into her downward spiral.

I was in High School when “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” started airing on MTV. I’m sure everyone has seen it. Think about what we see there: one can’t help but see the…

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"I Know Practically Every Religious Song That’s Ever Been Written" Or, Elvis Sings Gospel

"I Know Practically Every Religious Song That’s Ever Been Written" Or, Elvis Sings Gospel

Can’t let the Elvis flame go out quite yet… Here’s an annotated playlist of 20 of the King’s best gospel recordings, interpreting the term ‘gospel’ pretty loosely – anything related to the Bible, God or Christianity qualified. By way of a disclaimer, almost none of EP’s earliest gospel recordings are included. They may be beautiful and noble examples of the ‘gospel quartet’ tradition, but I find them pretty boring, at least compared to his funkier stuff from the late 60s and early 70s. I should also say that despite the obvious kitsch, this isn’t meant to be an ironic or…

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Don’t Call It A Comeback: The American Music Awards, Mickey Rourke, and the Thirst for Glory

Don’t Call It A Comeback: The American Music Awards, Mickey Rourke, and the Thirst for Glory

A couple of nights ago I watched the American Music Awards with my wife, and we were struck by all of the “comeback” stories in the entertainment world. Michael Jackson was up for 5 awards including Artist of the Year. He didn’t win that one, but he did win a bunch of others. His sister Janet opened up the show with a performance honoring him, which is kind of a “comeback” in and of itself. Eminem, who recently returned to recording after years of debilitating drug addiction, was up for Rap Album of the Year, which he did not win,…

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Another Week Ends: High-Fives, Underage Drinking, High Street Hymns, Stephen Colbert, Whitney Houston and The Beatles

Another Week Ends: High-Fives, Underage Drinking, High Street Hymns, Stephen Colbert, Whitney Houston and The Beatles

1. A worthy editorial from David Brooks (ht JS and AZ) from Tuesday’s NY Times, entitled “High-Five Nation”, tracing an important change in national attitudes over the past 50 years:

When you glimpse back on those days [immediately following World War II] you see a people — even the rich and famous celebrities — who were overawed by the scope of the events around them. The war produced such monumental effects, and such rivers of blood, that the individual ego seemed petty in comparison. The problems of one or two little people, as the movie line had it, didn’t amount to…

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