Towns sent out a rambling 500-plus word, eight-paragraph press release Monday discussing his thoughts on the death of Houston. Here's a sample:
“Whitney grew up in a different time than her mother and her cousin. While the music industry has long been associated with the fast life, by the time Whitney came along, it was moving at warp speed. It was too easy for her to get caught up in celebrity parties and the accompanying drugs. God only knows how Whitney became consumed. Was her troubled marriage to Bobby Brown a factor? Perhaps, but it was Whitney who ultimately made the choices she did."
Not your usual press release fodder, that's for sure. The congressman then goes on to list a number of other musicians who left this mortal coil far too early - everyone from Jim Morrison to Billie Holiday.
But mostly Towns discusses Cissy Houston and her own musical career, including winning a Grammy award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 1996, as well as the grief she must be feeling. Really, the press release is much more concerned with chronicling the accomplishments of Cissy Houston and how she must be feeling right now than it is with the death of Whitney.
But what makes the press release so unusual is that it was obviously written by Towns himself, and he clearly feels passionate about the death of Houston. It doesn't contain a bunch of canned and innocuous quotes that were obviously written by a Town's staffer, something like “it is with great sadness that we mourn the death of Whitney Houston. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.” The End.
Quite the contrary, Towns goes on and on with his thoughts about the death of Whitney Houston, seemingly uncensored. A rare glimpse into the mind of Towns, who rarely sends out a press release about anything.