Back in late '89 or early '90, one of my friends took me along with him over to a singer's house named, Brenda K. Starr. While there, she told us about "a little white girl" who sang like a big, black one! She let us listen to a song the "little white girl" was working on for her debut album. The song blew me away. I kept asking, Brenda, are you sure this girl is white? She assured me the girl was and said, "Let's call her." So, at damn near 2 AM, she called the girl, who was still in the studio, working on her album. She told her that I wanted to speak with her, then passed me the phone. I told the young lady that I had just listened to her song and loved it. I asked her if she could sing a little snippet of it for me. She first declined, stating that her voice was hoarse from singing all night. With a little pleading on my part, she relented and sang a bit. She sounded great to me. Well, within a month or so, I was in my apartment and heard the song Brenda played for us on the radio. It was Vision Of Love. I jumped for joy, 'cause I felt like I had a special relationship with the singer!! Haa! When the cassette single was released, I stood in a record store, urging people to buy it. I mean, you would've thought I was being paid to promote her or somethin'! I mention all this, 'cause this month marks the twentieth-yr anniversary of the month MARIAH CAREY's debut album hit the stores. I'll always remember hearing the song long before it hit the airwaves. And listening to her sing a snippet of it LIVE, long before the rest of America had heard her! Keep singin', Mimi, 'cause when it comes to your voice and me: We Belong Together! Haa!