I was so sorry to hear the news about Amy Winehouse’s recent death and felt for her family and friends.
As was commented by someone on Facebook, her death brought about a lot more comments than the horrific shootings that happened in Norway over the same weekend.
Amy Winehouse had an undisputed talent, I’m a big fan and love the single and deluxe double versions of Back To Black and had I known the second was coming I’d have waited.
But of course there wouldn’t have been a double without the demand for more due to it’s popularity. If you haven’t yet, this is a superb album that shows a range of sides to her talents.
I then went back to find her first CD Frankie with even more of her self penned songs including Amy, Amy, Amy, a playful piece.
As many have commented her song-writing and singing abilities were way beyond her years. Frank was written while still an adolescent and is stunning in it’s sensitivity, observation and maturity. Probably like many others I bought this one after being wowed by Back to Black, which has some pretty dark moments, sprinkled with humour and incredible insight.
For me it’s the depth of feeling she poured into her songs, with no holds barred, emotionally, that meant she exposed her own personal feelings in a way that people rarely do, even songwriters, because we all tend to protect ourselves in some way, don’t we?
Amy Winehouse music
Following her death I spent one morning listening to her music (back-to-back) where Amy Amy Amy from Frank is a firm favourite, alongside a few from Back to Black, and the ska tracks on the deluxe edition are superb.
This picture is how I want to remember her, singing her-heart-out and doing what she did best.
Amy at Glastonbury in 2008
I watched her at the festival 3-yrs ago where a misunderstanding arose and her performance was curtailed, which was distressing to see first hand. And was one of her final gigs.
Ultimately, I feel her family, friends and record company would have done all they could to help in the best way they knew how, but there are lessons to be learned from their overall experience. I’m sure we all feel for them and the complexities of their dilemma while living in it.
It can’t be easy looking on as a loved-one deeply embeds into unhelpful habits and company.
But something about her makes me feel she was destined for a short life, which is matched by the irony of her seemingly being free of the drugs (although still imbibing heavily with alcohol) so not entirely drug-free, but deeply improved from 3-yrs ago when she was under Blake Fileder-Civil’s influence and dastardly destruction.
Having watched all the tributes shown on UK TV since her death, my favourite by far is that made by Jools Holland. It’s simply a range of footage, mainly taken from his Later programme which in itself shows the outer changes of her image, beginning in 2003 with an old head on young shoulders girl singing from the heart even then.
Following on from this her father Mitch Winehouse wants to create a foundation for addiction and is in talks with government ministers. This started me looking at what is currently out there for addiction and it’s very mixed, but the mandatory requirements are:
- a person has to want it for themselves
- access to a good recovery programme
- emotional support from their nearest and dearest
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