During a family road trip back in the late 1990’s, my father had made a mix CD of songs that not only induced tears, but was also sung by a group of powerful, strong female vocalists. The CD ranged from Bonnie Raitt to Aretha Franklin; “I Can’t Make You Love Me” to “Natural Woman,” and everything in between. About 2 hours into the mix, the last and final song began with nothing but a voice. That voice was Whitney Houston, and that song was “I Will Always Love You.”
Having heard the song before, I knew that there was a build up, and that the final verse gave me chills each time I heard it. I then declared that next to Ms. Houston, I would be the only other person allowed to sing this song in the car. My attempts at hitting Whitney’s in-human notes were laughable, albeit adorable (if I do say so myself) My dramatic hand gestures I had learned from a re-run of “Vh1’s: Behind The Music”. Pair that with flailing around like a boy on fire and I gave the term “flaming” a whole new meaning.
I then declared this as my go-to karaoke song, to which my family commenced the eye-roll in unison. I would never come close to sounding like Whitney- even Whitney on a bad day. And part of that is a testament to her voice: truly incomparable.
-Stan Salas, Customer Service Connoisseur and Contributing Blogger