Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hearing Their Voice

I didn't watch the Whitney Houston funeral but I did catch a glimpse of some of the scenes on the news last night. One thing I've been thinking about is how it must be to be the loved one of someone famous who is gone. I recently found a note in a box I was going through and it was from my aunt who passed away a few years ago I was reminded of this while looking at the Whitney Houston funeral footage. The last clip was her family being escorted out of the funeral home while "I Will Always Love You" was played loudly for all to hear. Hearing someone's voice again after they've died is always a nice little thing to hang on to, as are the little slips of their handwriting we may come across. I wonder if it would be better or worse to know you have hundreds of hours of footage to look back on, if your loved one just happened to be insanely famous? I can still hear "Hi, you've reached Faith's cell. I can't come to the phone right now but leave me a message and I'll call you back--if you are lucky. Just kiddin', leave a message and I'll return your call", which was played at the end of a friend's funeral almost a decade ago. Those 10 seconds of her voice and the little slip of paper I found from my aunt are nice, little, bittersweet reminders of people I loved and cared about. I can't imagine what it would be like if I could access clips of them online 24/7.

If you happen to like Ms. Houston, take a look at some of these videos. MTV actually played videos at one time! Whitney Houston Videos

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