- Posted February 20, 2012 by
Falls Church, Virginia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Remembering Whitney Houston
Remembrance of a Whitney Houston concert
In the spring of 1993 I attended a performance of Whitney Houston singing at The Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts in Falls Church, Virginia approximately 15 miles from Washington, DC. The concert was at the outdoor amphitheater at Wolf Trap. This was immediately after the phenomenal success of the movie "The Body Guard." I had been impressed with the virtuosity and passion of her singing with her rendition of "I Will Always Love You," as well as the other songs featured in the movie. I saw the movie over and over.
On the way to the amphitheater, there was a booth that sold T shirts with lithographs of her portrait, that were stunningly beautiful. As I looked up from the booth, I saw Whitney's limousine parked in a wooded area not far from were I was standing. It was not in a fenced off area, and there did not appear to be any guards standing by. This made Whitney and the concert seem very close.
Whitney appeared on stage wearing a beautiful multicolored sequined jacket and dark un-flashy leggings. The jacket was quite stunning, as beams of light would reflect from it. Whitney seemed happy, energetic, and confident. Kirk Whalum and the band were at the front of the stage to Whitney's right. Whitney flawlessly sang all of her hit songs through the 1980s to the current day. As a musician myself I was impressed as she was not just limited to singing pop ballads. She effortlessly moved on to Jazz selections with a fast tempo, then Gershwin melodies, that were operatic and precise.
It was disheartening to learn of her struggles with substance abuse. She seemed to me to be such a strong willed person. Her untimely passing is made more tragic and sad in light of this.
I think it is unfair to conjecture about what actually caused her death until the actual tests are revealed.
I especially liked Kevin Costner’s poignant eulogy, it was so well spoken.
I was moved by Alicia Key's performance, so beautiful.
I have not known Whitney personally, I will miss her, as there is an emptiness as I watch her movies, or listen to her CDs, knowing she is no longer with us.