Because of Whitney Houston

February 20, 2012 at 10:13 AMKatie McGarry

Book I'm currently reading: Beta read for a friend

This morning's running conditions: 26 degrees and clear skies

Song I placed on repeat while running: I'm Your Baby Tonight by Whitney Houston

Why I love the song: Read the below

It was 1990 and my parents indulged me and my sister by purchasing cable. This was the first music video I saw on MTV. I was fourteen, a freshman, and was hopelessly in love with a boy for the first time in my life.

Every time I hear that song, I remember the tickles in my chest when the phone rang. I’d race to the phone with the prayer it would be him. And most of the time it was or it would be my best friend.

It brings back memories of shopping at the mall with my sister as I spent the wad of cash I had hoarded by babysitting and mowing lawns for the summer. I earned enough to buy another pair of jeans (faded, size 7 from The Gap), which brought the total of owned pair of jeans to two, a reckless white sweater that hung off the shoulders, and my first pair of white Princess Reeboks.

The song conjures up memories of huddling with my boyfriend in the cold winter air. Sitting on the ground, he would lean against the tree in the side yard and I would cuddle against him. It was young love, a crush, where hand holding felt dangerous.

When I heard of Whitney Houston’s death, I felt a pang of sadness. Her music became a soundtrack to my life. Yes, the past is the past, but her music will always be a reminder.

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