“And what some of you need to understand is that some people LOVE their pets. Love them enough to compare them to children. In their eyes, their pets are a replacement for something they either never got a chance to have or were never able to have. It’s crazy to us, but to them it’s completely normal and it actually irritates them when people are so confused by it. Pets may not be children to us, but to others, it’s all they have.”—A random blogger.
I Have Nothing – It starts soft, gently-gently and caramel-smooth, THEN COMES THE POWERHOUSE VOCAL. Best bit of the song that you have to mouth silently? “Don’t walk - pause - away from me! DON’T WALK pause AWAY FROM ME! Don’t you dare walk away from me?”
Run To You – The reasons I love this song are quite simple. Picture this: Kevin Costner reclining in the pool house, relaxing after a busy day chasing psychotic fans and then, slowly, he leans forward leering at Whitney who is literally running towards him. She’s wrapped in a white sheet, long black hair billowing in the clouds – she is a goddess and he’s fascinated. Who doesn’t want that?
Queen of the Night – I mean business. I have what you want. I am what you need. STATEMENT. Nobody messes with Miss. Houston. Beyonce’s empowering songs have nothing on this exciting 90’s classic from ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack. Bonus: listen out for the remix on the Greatest Hits.
It’s Not Right But It’s Ok (Hex Hector Remix) – You thought Miss. Houston was angry in Queen of the Night? This time she’s checking your ‘caller ID’ and coming after you. Again, the video helps. Who else could get away with a leather dress? I love the way she makes those little bird noises at the end too. Fierce.
My Love Is Your Love – Soft, genuine vocals. Beautiful lyrics “If tomorrow is judgment day (Sing Mommy) And I’m standing on the front line. And the Lord asks me what I did with my life. I will say I spent it with you” “Whitney doesn’t need to shout every note to convey emotion *cough *Jessie J
Learned From The Best – The oft overlooked and forgotten final single release from the MLIYL album. Classic Whitney. Some absolutely cutting lyrics “Did you think I’d still care? That there’d be more feeling there? Did you think you could walk back in my life?” Plus, she has an Afro in the video. Yeah, way before Beyonce even thought about working it out. (Note: Beyonce wore a gold dress and Afro for her debut solo single, just like Whitney did before her)
Could I Have This Kiss Forever – Whitney has collaborated with some of the best male artists, however, my favourite Whitney duet is with a less than stellar artist, Enrique Iglesias. I’ve never rated anything other than his amazing face. Alas, this song is hot, sweaty, dark, romantic, sexy and modern. It really surprised me when it was released. Whitney’s voice sounds digitally enhanced in places (when she tries to sing in a foreign language) but I’m almost certain it’s just a vocal skill.
Saving All My Love – If a voice could be an actual fluid, this would be the first chemical experiment. Gorgeous. I like the way she pronounces T’s. “Because tonigh –T is the nigh – T that I’m feeling alrigh – T”
I Look To You – Who would have expected this? Whitney would release an album in 2009 and it actually becomes a success? Insane! The whole album owes its success to this one song. Ignoring the obvious release of an RNB club-banger, Whitney’s management correctly decided to release a big arse look-what-I-can-still-do ballad. Ok, so her vocals aren’t as buttery smooth but the raspy tone she presents has it’s own worldly I’ve-seen-life-from-all-sides charm. Exquisite. ‘I Look To You’ was directly asking her fans for forgiveness and open arms.
I Didn’t Know My Own Strength – How was this not a single? From her last album and perhaps the most apt now that she is no longer with us. If you’ve not listened to it – please do – it’s as good as any 80’s Whitney and we have the talented Diane Warren to thank for the lyrics.
“I didn’t know my own strength And I crashed down, and I tumbled But I did not crumble I got through all the pain I didn’t know my own strength Survived my darkest hour My faith kept me alive I picked myself back up Hold my head up high I was not built to break I didn’t know my own strength”
#whenthingsaredoneright Tweetbot for iPhone & iPad Review on iOS Twitter is awesome: I love it. It better than Facebook, I’m not kidding either. Tweetbot has just released an update to their Twitter client in the iOS store, and it truly rocks my little tech geek world.
The UI is gorgeous, smooth and without any lag. The developers behind Tweetbot have their own trademark UI style full of greys and neon blues, sexy as. It contains all the features a Twiter client should include: push notifications, photo uploads direct to Twitter’s photo service, lists, official retweets AND conversation-style replies.
I’ve had a quick play with the iPad app too (quick because my puppy kept jumping over me) and its also very slick. I wouldn’t be surprised to see these developers snapped up by Apple. In my little opinion this app is better than the official Twitter app, and that’s saying something!