Greatest singer of all

A common refrain I’ve heard expressed in the aftermath of Whitney Houston’s sad passing is “I’m surprised but not shocked” due to her well known past struggles with substance abuse, but I was actually surprised and shocked when I heard this (news that was incidentally texted to me while I was at a bar watching Jeremy Lin performing as Linderella). I was completely stunned because I had assumed that she had turned a corner. I want to use this soapbox not to focus on the macabre aspect of her death and troubles during her life, but instead use the opportunity vis-a-vis online bits and tributes as a celebration of her inimitable talent starting for instance with this: listen to Whitney Houston’s isolated vocals on “How Will I Know” to remind yourself how remarkable her voice was or as Oprah tweeted, “To me Whitney was THE VOICE.” I’ve listened to this countless times and I get goosebumps each time. That said, and this might be slightly blasphemous, but for the same reasons that Vulture made, I almost like the mash-up of Whitney’s vocals with Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” track better than the originals for both songs.

Dubai went big in honor of Whitney by synchronizing their massive fountains with “I Will Always Love You” as you can see in the video embed above.

The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones attempts to contextualize and provide closure with his essay “Whitney Houston’s Invincible Voice.”

This illustration by Rhea Issacs of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson has widely circulated on Tumblr and Facebook.

And in case you forgot what it was about her voice that made her such a superstar, check yourself before you wreck yourself by watching again her singing of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991.