But Whitney has always been a part of my life. Undoubtedly one of the best voices in the world, this woman was a major part of my childhood. That nostalgia elevates her to idol status for me. We all have personal problems and vices, but I'll choose to remember Whitney for the way she commanded the stage by simply relying on her vocal chords.
And so, I give you a slice of my childhood: Every time I went to the Navy base to watch a movie, they would religiously play the National Anthem. They never switched it to any other rendition, because nobody could beat this performance:
Whitney, you were a true gem amidst the fakes and copies, and you will be missed.