Sunday, July 24, 2011
Amy Winehouse, 1983-2011
I'll be the first one to admit, that despite how talented Amy Winehouse was, I was turned off of her by her erratic behavior. The first time I heard her sing "Back to Black", I was blown away by the voice. It had that soulful roughness that I love so much. She took me back to an era long gone and a style that I wish more singers would embody. Unfortunately she embodied all the bad aspects of that style as well.
Addiction to drugs and alcohol, along with eating disorders kept threatening to derail a once promising career. The more chaotic her life got, the more it got in the way of the music. While I still loved listening to her, I stopped paying attention to the rest of her. Now that she has passed away, I wish someone would have payed more attention to her. Had stopped her from going down a road that has claimed more than it's fair share of promising talent.
As I sit here listening to her sing, I'm hoping that she will finally find the peace she never seemed to know in life.