Well, rumor has it that Whitney Houston will be releasing a new album – with new material! – this September 1. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Honey, we heard Miss Thing was releasing a new album THREE YEARS ago… I’ll believe it when I see it.” Fine. There is the chance that this is just rampant speculation, mixed with a lot of hope, on the part of Whitney, her producers, and her fans around the world.
But – and I know, very unlike me – I am feel like this is it. This September we might actually get some NEW Whitney. And Lord, I gotta tell you, GT and I really need this to happen. Because we just continue to listen to the same Whitney on YouTube over and over and over and over and over again.
In preparation for the new album (stop rolling your eyes and/or screaming “IT’S CALLED A CD” at the computer; it’s unbecoming), I thought it might be fun to share with you some of my favorite Whitney songs via YouTube. Folks, sit back and get ready to be BLOWN AWAY.
I Will Always Love You. This is from Divas Live 1999, which I watched in, you know, 1999. Pretty much all of Divas Live is amazing, but this is the single best version of I Will Always Love You that I’ve ever heard:
Where Do Broken Hearts Go. This is my favorite Whitney song. I know it’s kinda lame, and this is not live, but I love it. I can’t help it. I remember being about 10 or 12 years old and thinking that I knew exactly what Whitney was singing about. Clearly, I didn’t. I couldn’t. But I did somehow. I also knew that I did not have as much hope as Ms. Houston seemed to. Still don’t.
A few years back, I had a conversation with a friend who was going through a tough break up. She was really upset and was having a hard time figuring out how you can love someone so deeply and then just stop. She wanted to know if that’s the way it was supposed to work. Well, let’s listen to Whitney’s take.
Didn’t We Almost Have It All. This is GT’s favorite Whitney song. And ALJ’s favorite song. And it’s one of my favorites too. It is a great song and this is an incredible performance.
All The Man I Need. I’ve listened to a lot of Whitney on YouTube. Not as much as GT, clearly. But a lot nonetheless. This performance is off the hook. Seriously, OFF THE FUCKING HOOK. I can’t tell you how much I love this song, how much I love this performance, how much I love her voice. And I love watching these sailors (0r whatever branch of the military they are) watching Whitney in awe. Amazing.
I sent out a few emails to friends to see what Whitney songs other folks love. You know, because I firmly believe that your favorite Whitney sounds says something about you. Everyone came back with something different. For MJ, it’s Greatest Love of All. ( Duh, she said.) AM went with How Will I Know. And SC picked Whitney’s remake of Chaka Kahn’s I’m Every Woman.
What’s your favorite Whitney song? C’mon, you know you have one.