Consideration, Respect, Moderation, Whitney.
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"Whitney flew to Atlanta and the limo service failed to pick her up. I made the forty-five-minute drive in a mad rush from Alpharetta to the airport, and I am not that good a driver under the best of circumstances. I had never met Whitney before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I was looking around the terminal for maybe a mini-entourage, maybe an assistant, when I saw a lady sitting on a bench alone in sunglasses and a scarf.“LA?” she said.I made my apologies and whisked her off in my car, only now I was even more nervous. There was nothing in my playbook about driving around with the stars, and I was driving around in my car with Whitney Houston. I small-talked and played the radio. We hit it off instantly. We sang along to the songs on the radio together. That forty-five-minute ride felt like about five minutes.When I got back to my house, the first thing I did was introduce her to my wife. She and Pebbles started gabbing “about shoes and shopping, making that girl pop star connection immediately. We had written “I’m Your Baby Tonight” for her, and Clive found this song, “My Name Is Not Susan,” that he wanted us to produce with her. She knew the songs from the demos and had done her homework. We walked over to LaCoco, and before she stepped into the vocal booth, she stopped.“Baby, we want to go shopping,” she said. “How long do you think before the mall closes?”Now, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” has a lot of parts and is a bitch to sing. There was no chance she could finish her singing in the forty-five minutes before the stores closed. “I know the song,” she said. “I don’t know the bridge yet—you guys have to write the bridge—but I know the background parts and I know the lead parts. Let’s do that.”She went into the studio, cut the lead vocal for the chorus and stacked her vocals, doubling and tripling her original vocal perfectly. Then she laid down the first track of background vocals, the second track of backgrounds, the harmony parts. We stacked them up and flew them through the track. That took her about twenty minutes. I was blown away. That voice coming through my speakers on one of Kenny’s and my songs—we’d produced a lot of records by then, but I had never heard anybody sound that good, ever. Not even close. “Baby, I really want to go to the mall,” she said. “Let’s get to the lead vocal.”She got behind the mic and belted that song, nailed it on the first take, right up to the bridge, which we still needed to write. “Okay, baby, give me another try,” she said.She did it again and nailed it a second time. “Okay, what else you need?” she said.“I guess we need to write the bridge,” I said, and off she and Pebbles went to the mall.While they were at the mall, I went down the block to Kenny’s house and we wrote the bridge. When the girls returned from shopping, Whitney went back into the studio and polished off the bridge. Whole song, top to bottom, vocal time spent: one hour.We finished that song and “My Name Is Not Susan.” Whitney went back to New York. We wrote a song for her called “Miracle,” and Clive wanted us to do another one he found called “Lover for Life.” Whitney came back to Atlanta one week later and she knocked out these two songs like they were nothing—pow, pow—only now we were used to it. She came back a third time to do some fixes. Aaron had been born and Pebbles was out touring behind her new “album. Whitney called from her hotel to tell me her room had been broken into and she felt uncomfortable at the hotel. Could she use the guesthouse? She showed up with her manager and running partner Robyn Crawford. It was late. I put on a movie in the theater to watch and the phone rang. It was Pebbles, who quickly became upset when she learned Whitney was there.“Whitney’s in my house?” she said. “We’re not having that. My husband is not going to sit in my house late at night watching a movie with another girl.” I tried to explain, but she threw a tantrum and I started to get angry. I told her she had nothing to worry about, this was completely safe, platonic, and just us musicians. I got loud and Whitney overheard.“She’s trippin’, huh?” she said.Whitney offered to leave, but I told her my responsibility was to take care of her and everything would be fine. “I don’t want to be in the middle of y’all’s mess,” she said.Pebbles kept calling back and finally I took the phone off the hook. I was embarrassed. I pride myself on being a professional. I was starting a business, and was now working with—and entertaining—major celebrity superstars. I didn’t need this bullshit. Whitney went to the guesthouse to sleep.The next day, Pebbles came home and had attitude with me. She tried having attitude with Whitney, too, but Whitney put out that fire in, like, two seconds. I don’t know what she said, but everything quickly was cool. Whitney invited us all—me, Pebbles, Babyface and his new girlfriend, Tracey (he and his wife had divorced)—to her place, so we all piled on a Delta jet and spent the weekend in New Jersey."
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Brownskin wrote:...I saw him to on The Talk ,funny how he has other artist but talks only about Whitney .She is not here to dispute any of this.Whitney why did you have to leave us.no one left who's going to defend you.They are all going to sell stories about you most of is not true.Have you all notice it been around anniversary of her death.Clive and Cissy book
came out around the same time.So sad for Whitney everyone used her...
Feb 9 16 10:02 AM
nippyizm wrote:Brownskin wrote:...I saw him to on The Talk ,funny how he has other artist but talks only about Whitney .She is not here to dispute any of this.Whitney why did you have to leave us.no one left who's going to defend you.They are all going to sell stories about you most of is not true.Have you all notice it been around anniversary of her death.Clive and Cissy book
came out around the same time.So sad for Whitney everyone used her...I always felt that the only two people that loved Whitney unconditionally were krissy and cissy, i think the rest of the people and family used her or depended on her. I know that her music and voice will last forever but there has been too much negativity and controversy involving her, the media will always gravitate towards that. I'm really afraid and mad that when bobby puts out his book and lie about Whitney and krissy nobody is gonna defend them, he's gonna use all of that to sell the book and get all the attention. Look at how he capitalized on Whitney's death, he performed on good morning america and he was on ellen promoting his album. I'm praying and hoping that something great happens to Whitney this year along with the hologram thing.
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Nikray wrote:I am always a little taken aback by the narrative that Whitney had no one that cared about her. I do agree that Cissy and Krissy loved her without regard to her stardomand wealth. But it's clear that many of Whitney's family and friends tried to be there for her. Whitney made some horrible choices. You think the Winans telling Whitney
it was a bad idea to marry BB was done for selfish reasons?
Whitney had her own head and even as she knew that people loved her and tried to stir her back to the healthy path she resisted. I always got the impression that Whitney
thought she could get through any of this stuff. There is more than enough proof that many loved Whitney to the core and always reached out to her to offer the help...
How many times were their interventions and quiet promises of love and support given to Whitney. I am not blaming her, but she is not blameless...but to pretend that
only a couple of people cared about her is not doing Whitney the person justice.
I cosign on DD's point about BB book of fiction!
Feb 10 16 9:50 PM
DD wrote:I find LA Reid hard to believe. Even the good stories. He's a narcissist.
And I think Bobby's book will be talked about for about 3 days before everyone forgets about it, and him, once again.
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