Whitney Houston Funeral

CNN and Fox are broadcasting Whitney Houston's funeral live. Skip CNN, it has pundits talking during it. People, the AP, CBS and other sites are streaming it. If you are watching, or if you aren't but have something positive to say, please feel free to comment.

So far it's very upbeat and religious, The point is made that this is a day to celebrate her life.

Photos here.

R.I.P. Whitney.

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    I like the phrase "Home Going" Service. (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by EL seattle on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 12:59:15 PM EST
    I don't know whether I've heard that phrase before to describe a memorial service, but it seems really appropriate here.

    On one hand, "Home Going" seems to concisely reflect Whitney's faith and the faith of her family.  But it's also a perfectly appropriate choice of words to acknowledge the strong emotional connection that many in the local community feels towards her. (Even if they may not be part of the church service.)


    Going home (none / 0) (#5)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 04:05:59 PM EST
    is very commonly used at African American funerals. In fact I have seen some African American obituaries where the funeral is calling "going home services" or something similar

    home going or home coming (5.00 / 0) (#6)
    by loveed on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 05:13:39 PM EST
    Going home to be with Jesus or my lord. Heaven is our home.

     We can only judge what she gave us, her music. The music was glorious. She was given a gift from God, and she shared it with all of us.
     My most memorable moment was her singing the national anthem. Days after the start of the gulf war. It brought the country together.
     My prayers goes out to the family. May she rest in peace.

    Donnie McClurkin was at (none / 0) (#2)
    by caseyOR on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 12:39:30 PM EST
    Whitney's funeral? Is he connected to the Houston family?

    the comment you are replying to (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 12:44:06 PM EST
    has been deleted.

    I'm still really broken up about this, (none / 0) (#8)
    by andgarden on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 07:31:55 PM EST
    to be honest.

    Whitney was special. I'm glad we still have her music.

    It's sad (none / 0) (#9)
    by lilburro on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 09:59:07 PM EST
    I remember when her recent album came out and she went on tour, I thought, "wow.... she's been really hard on her gift."  I mean, basically (and I know little about maintaining a singing voice) but she blasted it pretty hard with her lifestyle.  And on tour, people would boo at her concerts because she couldn't hit notes she used to...ugh.  I mean, jeez, don't make her go through that.  Plenty of authors have written about the pressures of having an instrument that unique, or not having one (Thomas Bernhard comes to mind), and to have it and then lose it, I was worried about Whitney then.  I don't know how she felt about her life recently, but I would rather have seen her ride off into the sunset having given us the music that she did and just be happy.  I wanted that a few years ago, I feel like she would still be alive if the people around her felt the same way.  The voice goes in time anyway, that's natural, hers went sooner rather than later, so what?  God, you don't have to sing for 60 years straight, we have recordings for that very reason.

    More recently (none / 0) (#10)
    by BackFromOhio on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 11:05:51 PM EST
    She not only worked on filming of movie to be released in August, but she had been doing everything she needed to do to nurture her voice and it was, reportedly, paying off.  That tour where she was booed had been a wake-up call.  

    at 48 her voice should have been (none / 0) (#14)
    by TeresaInPa on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 02:57:24 PM EST
    at it's absolute best. Take it from a singer.  She should have had vocal cords of steel and have added layer upon layer of soul to that sound, depth and richness she never could have had as a kid in her twenties.
     It is so sad that she punished herself the way she did and deprived herself of what she could have had.
     But in heaven she sings like an angel again. So sad for her little girl.

    If you want to hear a bit of what she could have done listen to this recording.  It is her and her mother.  http://youtu.be/1D6ffcTHnC8


    Kevin Costner's (none / 0) (#11)
    by BackFromOhio on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 11:10:31 PM EST
    eulogy was remarkable. He spoke from the heart and the head -- what he said was extremely well written.  I did not know that he was raised a Baptist, and that he and WH talked about this similarity in their upbringing. One of the many things he spoke about that stuck in my mind was the contrast between her abilities and her accomplishments, on the one hand, and her thinking she was not good enough on the other.


    Costner (none / 0) (#12)
    by loveed on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 08:45:10 AM EST
     Was one of my favorite also. I could definitely relate.

    Thank you for mentioning this (none / 0) (#13)
    by sj on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 02:37:58 PM EST
    I didn't watch and would have missed this.  It really was a lovely eulogy.

    I think Costner's (none / 0) (#16)
    by BackFromOhio on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 09:52:02 AM EST
    handsomeness betrays his substantive abilities!

    Whitney '' Don't cry for me'' (none / 0) (#15)
    by loveed on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:58:52 PM EST