A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

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A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

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The life and legacy of Whitney Houston has fascinated and devastated her fans for years, from her rapid rise to fame, to her tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown, and ultimately to her passing in 2012.

Robyn and Whitney were initially lovers but could not maintain that relationship due to how it would appear to Whitney’s fans as well as Whitney’s strict, conservative, religious family. Despite our understanding of what religion might say about our love, neither of us expressed any guilt or judgment; we were immersed in getting to know each other. Every time Houston did an interview, she was asked who she was dating; and in 1987, a serious profile in Time magazine made reference to the rumours, much to Houston’s horror. There is also a clear attempt to show the kind, vulnerable side of Whitney and say goodbye to her beloved friend. Houston would continue to be jealous as well, but not when Crawford dated men, only when she became close to women.

I came in thinking it was a biography of Whitney Houston, but it was actually Robyn Crawford’s biography that included her memories of her time with Whitney. In an extraordinary scene in the book, she then went to Crawford’s house, handed her a Bible and told her they had to quit having sex, “because it would make our journey even more difficult”. For years, Houston and Crawford effectively functioned as a couple, living together, occasionally (and chastely) sharing a bed, and remaining emotionally close.

When Whitney and himself were married; you have a wife who is a bigger star than yourself, everyone loves, respects and adores her, her career is huge and soaring making more money in the relationship, she really and truly loves someone else and you are the fall guy. For all Robyn’s concern about the leeches in Whitney’s life, her memoir portrays a similar lack of respect (and nuance) for Whitney in her later years. Both Houston and Crawford had been raised in God-fearing households, at a time when, she says, “you were either this, or you were that”. Together during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes as hit after hit was recorded, through Whitney's marriage and the birth of her daughter, the two navigated often challenging families, great loves, and painful losses, always supporting each other with laughter and friendship. There was nothing Crawford could do but plead with her to stop and report her drug use to her mother.After a long career in the music industry, Robyn Crawford is now focused on mental and physical wellness and writing. We safely hid it from everybody else; it was our secret, but we couldn't hide from Him — or whomever God is. Through romantic relationships, breakups, and their own conflicts, the characters in Beaches always found their way back to each other, and Nippy and I assumed it would always be the same with us.

I think she slapped my face because she felt that I had done something, and she wanted me to know that I’d earned that slap. The tragedy is that Whitney was not only trying to convince others she was into men, she was also try to convince herself. Interwoven throughout the book is also Robyn's longing to rescue her friend from her self-destructive habits and her dysfunctional family relationships. Whitney and Robyn's love was hidden and although people around them were happy to "allow" Robyn to be openly gay, they would not extend that "permission" to Whitney - oh no, the record company and her Mother would not permit it. It was the summer of 1980, and both young women were running youth activities at a community center in their shared hometown of East Orange, New Jersey.I've acted out my life on stages with ten thousand people watching," go the lyrics, "but we're alone, yeah, and I'm singing this song for you. From the time she left college until she was 40, Robyn Crawford had one job, working for one company: Nippy Inc.

In the end, Robyn’s biases against all of Whitney’s potential partners and her impossible longing for the “old Whitney” made it hard for me to respect much of this book.A Song for You describes the understandable challenges of working for your former lover: Crawford was devastated when Houston, with whom she shared an apartment, took up with Jermaine Jackson. Throughout the book, Houston's parents usually avoided direct and open communication, and may have been in denial about Whitney's sexual orientation, her disturbing marriage to Bobby Brown (m. Like so many, the news of her death was a shock to me, and I watched the televised funeral and several documentaries on her. It is a distorting effect of fame that minor episodes can assume a much larger prominence than they deserve. The singer’s management team was small in those days – even in the mid-1980s, when Houston’s first two albums became two of the biggest-selling debuts of all time, with some 40m copies sold worldwide (the eponymous Whitney Houston, with its huge hits How Will I Know and Saving All My Love For You; and its follow-up, Whitney, featuring I Wanna Dance With Somebody, So Emotional and Didn’t We Almost Have It All).

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