Beyoncé vs Whitney

A DEATH MATCH BETWEEN THESE TWO QUEENS OF POP? NO, UNFORTUNATELY. I SAY UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE IT WOULD BE AMAZING TO HAVE WHITNEY HOUSTON WITH US AGAIN. IT DOESN’T MATTER THAT TOWARD THE END SHE WASN’T WHAT SHE USED TO BE, WHITNEY WILL ALWAYS BE WHITNEY. AND SINCE I’M NOT THAT YOUNG AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF HERS, TO ME THE BATTLE WAS OVER BEFORE IT COULD EVEN GET STARTED. YES, WAS, BECAUSE BEYONCÉ COULD COME OUT WITH ALL THE VOCAL POWER IN THE WORLD, SHE COULD MAKE HER GOLDEN PIPES VIBRATE TILL THE END OF TIME, BUT NOTHING DOING, WHITNEY IS UNBEATABLE. THERE’S NO ONE ELSE LIKE HER AND THERE NEVER WILL BE!

I REMAIN OF THE IDEA THAT NO ONE WILL EVER BE LIKE HER, BUT MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR A REASSESSMENT, IF NOT GIVING HER A CHANCE. BEYONCÉ DOESN’T NEED IT, AT THIS POINT SHE HAS THE WHOLE WORLD’S ATTENTION, SHE DOMINATES THE CHARTS UNCHALLENGED EVERY TIME SHE MERELY GARGLES AND HAS SOLD SO MANY ALBUMS THAT SHE HAS NOTHING TO PROVE. BUT PERHAPS SHE’S STILL A WAYS FROM BEING CONSIDERED WHITNEY’S EQUAL. SHE’S DEFINITELY SAVVIER, SMARTER, MORE ATTUNED TO HER IMAGE AND LESS OF A MAD GENIUS, DESTROYING HERSELF WITH ALCOHOL, DRUGS, OR WHATEVER.

SHE CERTAINLY HAS MORE STRENGTH OF CHARACTER THAN WHITNEY AND HAS BEEN ABLE TO SURROUND HERSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT AND ACCOMODATE HER, WITH ALL HER WHIMS, NOT LETTING HER LOSE SIGHT OF THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF WHATEVER SHE’S DOING. HER EQUALLY SUCCESSFUL HUSBAND, JAY-Z, IS A VERY CAPABLE PRODUCER AND CLEARLY HAS NO INTENTION OF RUINING THE PEARL HE HAS IN HIS HANDS.

WHEN IT COMES TO WHITNEY’S HUSBAND, BY NOW EVERYONE KNOWS HIM FOR THE GOOD-FOR-NOTHING HE WAS AND HOW HE CONTRIBUTED CONSIDERABLY TO HIS WIFE’S UNSTOPPABLE DEMISE.

WHITNEY HAD NO ONE WHO COULD HELP HER MANAGE HER PERSONA AND THE TREASURE SHE HAD IN HER VOCAL CHORDS, WHEREAS BEYONCE DOES AND SHE BELONGS TO ANOTHER ERA, WHERE IF YOU ARE VALUABLE, RECORD COMPANIES WON’T LET YOU SELF-DESTRUCT, EVEN IF ONLY BECAUSE YOU’RE A GOLD MINE FOR THEM.

OF BOTH YOU COULD SAY THAT THEY BELONG TO THAT CATEGORY OF SINGERS SO MATCHLESS THAT THEY COULD EVEN SING A PAGE FROM THE PHONE BOOK AND IT WOULD BE GREAT. IN ITALY WE HAVE GIORGIA AND IN FACT FIORELLO ONCE HAD HER SING MEDICAL RECORDS FOR FUN. NOT MANY CAN BE PART OF THIS GROUP AND WHITNEY AND BEYONCÉ CERTAINLY FIT IN. IT SEEMS SILLY WHEN YOU PUT IT LIKE THAT, BUT IT SUGGESTS SOMETHING VERY SIMPLE: ANY SONG THEY SING, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD, HAS AN IRRESISTABLE EMOTIONAL POWER.

AND THIS IS EVEN MORE UNDERSTANDABLE IF YOU LISTEN TO THEM SINGING DUETS OR THE CAMEOS THEY DID THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS. NO OFFENSE TO THE OTHERS, BUT THERE ARE SONGS THOSE TWO CONTRIBUTED TO THAT ARE IMPORTANT ONLY BECAUSE OF THEM; SONGS THAT, AS SOON AS THEY HIT THEIR FIRST NOTE—MAKE THEIR ENTRANCE, YOU COULD SAY—IT’S A WHOLE NEW WORLD, THEY LITERALLY SOAR, ASSUMING ASTONISHING POWER.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD WHITNEY SINGING WITH A CHOIR IN THE SONGS FOR THE MOVIE “THE PREACHER’S WIFE”? FOR HER JUST A SERIES OF AAH-OOHS IS ENOUGH TO MAKE THE TRACK INVALUABLE! AND IN DUETS? SHE EVEN MANAGED TO OUTSHINE MARIAH CAREY, WHO MUST HAVE CURSED HER EVERY WHICH WAY FOR BEING ALIVE AT THE SAME TIME AND NOT BEING ABLE TO SURPASS HER, NOT EVEN WITH HER FAMOUS ULTRA HIGH-PITCHED NOTES.

EVEN SOMEONE LIKE GEORGE MICHAEL, WITH HIS FANTASTIC FREDDY MERCURY-LIKE VOICE, STRUGGLES TO MATCH WHITNEY, A WHITNEY WHO IS NO LONGER PERFECT. SHE REACHED PERFECTION WITH “I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU” AND MANY OTHERS AND ALL YOU CAN SAY IS THERE’S NO ONE ELSE LIKE HER, FOR HER VOCAL POWER, ABILITY, MASTERY OF TECHNIQUE, SENSIBILITY, IMAGINATION, COLOR, AND CONFIDENCE.

THINKING BACK ON THAT PHONE BOOK, GO LISTEN TO WHITNEY WHO, IN A COMPLETELY CASUAL, TOTALLY UNASSUMING OUTFIT, WITHOUT ANY SPECTACLE BACKING HER, BELTING OUT THE U.S. NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE 1991 SUPER BOWL. HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=N_LCMBVYMRS A TRUE STRADIVARIUS, SINCE THE VOICE IS A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LIKE ANY OTHER.

ON THE OTHER HAND, BEYONCÉ: TRY TO THINK OF THAT COLDPLAY SONG “HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND.” IT’S FINE, YOU LIKE IT OR DON’T CARE FOR IT, DEPENDING ON TASTE, BUT THEN AT A CERTAIN POINT A VOICE BREAKS IN… IT JUST SO HAPPENS TO BE BEYONCÉ AND SO OF COURSE THE TRACK CLIMBS THE CHARTS, CRITICS AND LISTENERS ALIKE AGREE, IT FILLS THE AIRWAVES, AND EVEN THOUGH THE LYRICS AREN’T VERY DEEP, NO ONE CARES, THE SONG SKYROCKETS, AND THE LYRICS MIGHT AS WELL BE FROM THE PHONE BOOK.
OR ED SHEERAN’S LATEST TRACK, “PERFECT DUET” HE’S GOOD, THE LYRICS ARE SIMPLE, BUT THEY WORK BECAUSE THE MELODY IS VERY SOFT AND PERFECT FOR MELTING HEARTS, PLUS HE’S A GOOD PERFORMER, SO IT’S ALL FINE, FAULTLESS; THEN AT A CERTAIN POINT IN SHE COMES, BEYONCé, AND THE SONG TAKES OFF, BUT WITH AN INCREDIBLE EMOTIONAL FORCE, AND WELL… THAT’S IT, IT’S A WHOLE OTHER STORY!

AND ANYWAY, JUST BETWEEN US, EVEN IF BEYONCE ALSO DOES AN ALL-RIGHT JOB WITH THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IN 2004, HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=OHRRGU2RCZ4 SHE CERTAINLY DOESN’T HOLD UP BY COMPARISON.

ONE LAST THING, MAYBE A LITTLE CHEESY, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THESE TWO QUEENS OF MUSIC, WITH A LOWER-CASE “Q,” CAN GIVE THE WORLD “LOVE” SUCH A STRONG SEMANTIC FORCE THAT IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE THEY CAN CONVEY THE STRENGTH OF THE EMOTION THAT IT REPRESENTS.

SO THEN, WHO’S THE WINNER OF THIS BATTLE? IT’S YOUR CALL. TO ME, WHITNEY IS INCOMPARABLE, BUT WE COULD SAY THAT, IF WE REALLY HAD TO FIND HER SUCCESSOR, BEYONCÉ WOULD BE IT. MAYBE SHE HAS LESS VOCAL POWER, BUT HONESTLY I CAN’T TELL! THOUGH I WOULD SAY THAT IF WE THROW OUR GIORGIA INTO THE MIX, IT WOULDN’T DO ANY HARM, ON THE CONTRARY. IN FACT, MAYBE YOU PREFER ELISA, IT’S A QUESTION OF TASTE, BUT GIORGIA IS VERY MUCH A PART OF WHITNEY’S SCHOOL AND SHE IS A STELLAR STUDENT!

I WANT TO SAY ONE LAST THING ABOUT GIORGIA: LISTEN TO HER ENTRANCE AND HER DUET IN HER TWO LIVE PERFORMANCES AT THE AMICHE PER L’ABRUZZO BENEFIT CONCERT, WITH LAURA PAUSINI, “PRIMAVERA IN ANTICIPO,” HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=YIRLSQRO1LG AND WITH GIANNA NANNINI “AMANDOTI,” HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=GTCYNBK1QOC NOT TO DIMINISH THE OTHER TWO, BUT SHE CAN WORK MIRACLES AND TRANSFORM GOOD SONGS INTO MASTERPIECES. AND SINCE GIANNA NANNINI IS A BRILLIANT MUSICIAN, SHE HAD THE SMART IDEA AFTER THAT PERFORMANCE TO WRITE A SONG TO SING WITH GIORGIA, “SALVAMI”.