TITLE: A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford
Narrator: Robyn Crawford
Blurb: After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story.
Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was there by her side through it all—her best friend, Robyn Crawford.
Since Whitney’s death in 2012, Robyn has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. Now, for the first time ever, Crawford opens up in her new memoir, A Song for You.
With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn describes the two meeting as teenagers in the 1980s, and how their lives and friendship evolved as Whitney recorded her first album and Robyn pursued her promising Division I basketball career. Together during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes as hit after hit was recorded, through Whitney’s marriage and the birth of her daughter, the two navigated often challenging families, great loves, and painful losses, always supporting each other with laughter and friendship.
Deeply personal and heartfelt, A Song for You is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I came in thinking it was a biography of Whitney Houston, but it was actually Robyn Crawford’s biography that included her memories of her time with Whitney. It turned out to be a pretty long chunk of her Robyn’s life, but this is still more about Robyn.
Regarding Whitney’s tumultuous childhood and as a singer, this book reinforced things I already had heard or suspected of Cissy, John and the rest of the Houston family.
I commend Robin for not going out of her way to trash Bobby Brown, Whitney’s ex husband, but to tell stories of the things she saw and heard while an employee of Nippy’s.
Imagine if Whitney grew up with a mother who who affirmed her both in her relationships and in her talent. Parents who didn’t use her religion as a whip to beat her spirit down and pretended she didn’t know her kids were drowning their pain in drugs. She would have been even greater than she was.
Affirmation and Self Esteem is so crucial to feeling worthy of love.
If you are hoping for a juicy salacious tell-all book, this isn’t it. This book is an author telling us about herself in attempts to regain the narrative of her life after decades of the media spreading lies about her. There is also a clear attempt to show the kind, vulnerable side of Whitney and say goodbye to her beloved friend. It’s obvious She is still protecting Whitney even after her death. There is loyalty here, and I appreciate it.
RIP Whitney Houston.