Legendary producer, A&R, and industry executive Clive Davis is releasing some intimate pieces of his illustrious music career in anticipation for his new upcoming documentary.
This upcoming documentary, based on his best-selling memoir, details his life and career. The documentary entitled “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” lives no subject untouched, especially when it comes to the late great Whitney Houston.
Clive describes his relationship with Houston in a 25-minute portion of the film. In it, he reads a letter he sent her all the way back in 2001 addressing his concerns for her life and health. It reads:
When I saw you Friday night at the Michael Jackson concert I gasped. When I got home, I cried.
My dear, dear Whitney, the time has come.
Of course I know you don’t want to hear this. Of course I know that you’re saying that Clive is being foolishly dramatic. Of course I know that your power of denial is in overdrive dismissing everything I and everyone else is saying to you.
…I join your mother in pleading with you to face up to the truth now, right now, and there is no more time or postponement. You need help and it must begin now. I will stand by you with love and caring to see you through it to newfound peace and happiness in every way as a woman, as a mother, as a role model to inspire the rest of the world.
Everyone was pleading for Whitney Houston to open herself up to the love and help that she needed. In this case, the hindsight of this letter being revealed now as she’s past is just extremely sad and somber.