Was Whitney Houston’s “Run To You” Just A Song or Unintentionally Autobiographical?
The soundtrack single, Run To You, may not be one of Whitney Houston’s intrinsic songs but it can arguably be one of her best vocal performances. When you tune your ear to the effortless transition in her vocals and the equal power she holds in her high noted belts and the airy falsetto, she is just mind blowing to experience. One the other side of the coin, I really have to ask, was this song inadvertently more personal than originally intended? In all honesty, I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Houston so I would never want to paint a picture in falsehood. However, when you really hear the lyrical content of the song and compare it to her notable interview with Oprah Winfrey in speaking about her desire to relinquish control and feel that sense of safety and freedom in another’s arm, you may see a stronger parallel to the Rachel Marron role she played in The Bodyguard and certain aspects of her life. Here is a clip from that interview as she speaks about Bobby Brown and what she wanted most:
Whitney: They don’t have any idea about that sweet, gentle tenderness about him that nobody knew. He was a very quiet person. When that entertainer came out onstage, he did that thing. But at home, he was very much the father. He was very much the man. He was very much in control. I liked that because I was in control of all my stuff, and here he comes along and everybody was like, “Wow, she’s got somebody now.” When he said something, I listened. I was very interested in having someone have that control over me. It was refreshing.
Oprah: It was refreshing because in every other aspect of your life—
Whitney:I was in control.