So when the night falls,
My lonely heart calls…
-Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
Today is the last day of my Daily Music Challenge! Wow, this month flew by. It has been fun sharing some of my favorite songs with you all, and although I was hoping for more people to join me, posting a song a day really helped me get out of the writer’s block funk I’ve been in. This challenge also made me realize how much I love talking about music. It is a universal language that everyone enjoys and can bond over. All this said, I wanted to send a farewell to February with a fun prompt, and welcome March with a positive outlook.
Opening with claps, a groovy bass line, and the iconic interjection of “Wooo!”, Whitney Houston introduces the ultimate dance song, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” After that first note, listeners know they are in for a treat. Released at Whitney’s prime in 1987, she showcases incredible vocal abilities with ease; especially upon hearing her sing this song live. Her breathing technique, vibrato, and seemingly infinite vocal range go unmatched, making her (in my opinion) one of the greatest vocalists in history. When I’m in need of a pick-me-up or just find myself in a great mood, I turn to this song, knowing it will make me want to move. Not only that, but the catchy and well-known chorus will make anyone want to sing along. Three decades later, we continue to blast this classic song at weddings or proms, and it just shows the legacy that Whitney Houston has left behind.