|Amy Winehouse, a talent lost|
I never met Amy Winehouse. I saw her once when she stopped by MTV Canada, and the interview was a disaster. She was late on arrival, distracted, annoyed and defensive, and possibly, under the influence. It didn’t matter, I told myself. All that mattered was her talent. I picked up her album–Back to Black. I liked the pop-soul sound. I don’t really buy albums, because I think most music today is crap. But, Amy Winehouse was talented, and her take-no-prisoner attitude was obvious in her songs,and made them more charming. She drank, smoked, swore and was unapologetic about it. Sadly, this attitude prevented Amy from taking charge of her addictions, as her most famous hit, Rehab, professes.
Amy’s erratic behavior, interviews and drug addiction consumed her life and talent, and no follow-up album came after her 2007, critically and commercially acclaimed album, Back to Black. The concerts got cancelled, and sometimes because she didn’t show up. But, many of us who loved her music and appreciated her raw talent as a musician and artist, hoped that she’d get better. The Grammy awards were our gift to her, a token of our appreciation for her talent in an era filled with non-talented performers.
We always hoped Amy would come back stronger than ever. But, then Belgrade, Serbia happened, and a month-long stay in rehab happened, and then it was over. Today, the news comes that Amy Winehouse was found dead, at the age of 27, and the talent we hoped would come back, was gone for good.
Now, Amy is a member of the 27 Club–famous musicians who’ve died at the age of 27. Amy was two months shy of her 28th birthday.