This weekend, we lost another great artist, musician, human to the demons she just couldn’t shake. Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London flat on Saturday and, while nobody could really say they are shocked at the turn her story took, I think many would agree that it was a tragic end to a life that had so much more to give.
It’s true that her life came to be a string of sad stories and a light dwindling right in front of our eyes. But from the first moment I heard her music, I became enamored with her. Her voice, her pain–there was so much power and so much hurt. And it was something so many could relate to. She seemed to come from a different world when she opened her mouth to sing. Even as the news of her antics and bad behavior came to dominate the coverage of her, I was always hoping something in her, or someone around her, could pull her out of whatever was holding her hostage and she would return to us.
Perhaps the most poignant tribute to Amy has come from someone we probably wouldn’t expect it from. Russell Brand has faced many of the same demons of addiction that ultimately got the better of Amy, and I think he sums up her life, and the life of an addict, better than any of us could. I encourage you to read it here.
With all of that in mind, I do hope we can remember her for the tremendous talent she had, and the music she created that will forever enrich our lives.
Without further ado, the lady, the legend herself…Miss Amy Winehouse.
Back to Black, live at SXSW 2008
You Know I’m No Good, live acoustic
Tears Dry On Their Own, Live in London
Amy, we will never forget you. I hope you have finally found the peace you couldn’t find here on earth.photo by Daniel Arnold