Remembering Aaliyah

January 16, 1979-August 25, 2001
Do you remember where you were when the news broke that Aaliyah had died? I was living in Charleston, South Carolina at the time and was driving to Wendy's to grab some lunch. I was alone in the car and when the radio announcement came across the air, I turned up my stereo as high as it could go. I didn't believe what I was hearing and hoped that I heard incorrectly. I was in shock.

I looked around and inside the cars around me and it appeared as though everyone was listening to the same station. I saw people crying, people screaming, people slamming their hands against the steering wheel. It was a sad, sad sight.

Age Ain't Nothing But A Number was the first cassette tape that I ever purchased with my own money. I was 11-years old at the time and remember being in awe of this girl who was a few years older than I who was living such an exciting and adult life, not to mention, her voice was the most beautiful I had ever heard. I played that tape on my mini-boombox until it came apart...and then I bought the CD which now lives on my iPod. God rest your soul, Aaliyah. Thank you for leaving us with your beautiful voice and wonderful childhood memories. It's ten years later and you are still sorely missed. Rest in peace, sweet girl.

3 comments

Jennifer said... August 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Like I said on FB, I was extremely devastated. The guy I was with at the time told me when I woke up, "that girl AA something you love so much died in a plane crash". I, of course thought he was joking since he use to say that about BSB. I looked it up on the internet and was in shock that my favorite, most beautiful R&B singer is dead.

By the way...today...Aaliyah Pandora station = completely AWESOME!

Raquel said... August 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM

My birthday is the 30th so I had come home from an early celebration and I always listened to the radio before bed. They played Rock The Boat and then announced she had passed. I sat up in bed with my mouth wide open. I couldn't believe. So young and talented. :(

Danfredo Rivera said... August 25, 2011 at 9:05 PM

She was taken from us too soon. Her legacy speaks for itself, but I feel that she could've been even greater if God had given her the chance. Such a shame. :-/

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