After Whitney Houston was laid to rest on Sunday following Saturday’s televised “homegoing” service, I assumed that put a wrap on things. It was a tough week for family, friends, and fans, and I’d done no less than five posts inspired by the superstar singer’s passing, plus another that included a link to several Whitney mashups.
But today brought news of Cissy Houston’s letter to her departed daughter (touching and eerie) and a clip of Houston getting into the groove of Madonna’s Super Bowl performance, so her passing hasn’t left the public consciousness just yet. As it should be, I suppose, for someone of Houston’s stature.
Lest we forget, Houston’s impact stretched worldwide. Mashup producer Frans Peter Bull Enger, better known as Norwegian Recycling, certainly remembers. His latest offering, “Whitney,” is a tribute that takes the acapellas from three of Houston’s most famous uptempo hits — “How Will I Know,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” and “So Emotional” — and masterfully blends them with bits and pieces of three grand pop gestures of more modern vintage: Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” Florence + The Machine’s “You Got The Love,” and Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.”
Caution: The result is nothing short of epic, and might leave you so emotional all over again.
Free download of Norwegian Recycling – “Whitney” via his website.