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I Look to You

Do you have a favourite song, or maybe a whole host of tunes and music and songs which you love?

In the UK there's a national radio programme called 'Desert Island Discs' (BBC Radio 4) in which 'famous' people are asked to imagine that they are to be 'abandoned' on a desert island and they are allowed to select eight songs or tunes which they would like to take with them.  It's a great way to share their life story!

I love that show and it's so interesting to hear the music the guests select, and why it is part of their imaginary 'castaway' experience.

I've often wondered what eight songs I would pick, and I've come to the conclusion that it would be hard to narrow it down to just eight! I have songs that remind me of my childhood, my teen years, my young adult and later life, my family, experiences across the years ... etc etc etc ... and they are all important to me.

But if I had to choose and make that very difficult decision, then this song would definitely be on my list.

I'm sharing it with you today because the version of this song that I love the best is by the fabulous Whitney Houston, who was born on this day - August 9th - in 1963. 

Whitney was an amazing talent, a beautiful singer and she was hugely famous in her lifetime.

Unfortunately life wasn't always happy for her, despite the fame and fortune, and she died far too young, in February 2012. That was a shocking day for all her fans, as well as her family and friends. But although she is no longer with us, we are privileged that she left behind so many great songs. 

Some of Whitney's legacy hits are just pure 'pop', just fun, and remind me of my younger years. Driving in the car singing out loud at the top of my voice, dancing at parties with friends, chilling out on the beach!

But some of the pieces that Whitney recorded in her lifetime are much deeper. They reflect her faith, her hopes and fears and her struggles in life.

I look to you lyrics''I Look to You'  was released on July 23, 2009, so it was one of her last hits., and I've listened to it many many times down the years because the words just inspire me... 

I look to you
I look to you
After all my strength is gone
In you, I can be strong

I look to you
I look to you
And when melodies are gone
In you, I hear a song
I look to you

When I'm feeling down, alone and 'without a cause', this song reminds me that there's something bigger than me and this moment in time.

For me, it's a truly spiritual song. It encourages and uplifts me, takes me out of myself and my worries and cares.

But whenever I hear Whitney singing this song, there's also a touch of sadness ... with the thought that that despite singing these inspirational words ultimately it appears she struggled to prevent the walls falling down on her, and  to find that open door to health and wellbeing. I'm not judging, because ultimately none of us know another person's inner thoughts and being, but there is a touch of pathos in the song.

I trust that she she did, eventually, find peace. But in the meantime, I'm thankful that Whitney Houston DID walk this earth and left us such a legacy.

Including this unbelievably beautiful song!

Thanks Whitney!

 

 

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