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The Death Of Amy Winehouse
The music world suffered yet another loss when Amy Winehouse died in London from an overdose of drugs. Ironically, her song about Rehab focused on it. Death is horrible whenever it comes suddenly. It shocks you at any age and shows how fragile life is. But, did the world of music lose much at all?
Ask around. I have since her death and all find, yes, it is sad and tragic. Some misinformed beings think she belongs in the same stardom club that other rocks artists are in from sudden death: John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Buddy Holly, Judy Garland and others. Huh? Amy Winehouse, when compared to any of these icons pales in comparison when judging on real talent and contributions. Amy may have won Grammy's, but few people I talked to, which including a recording engineer for a sound studio, could not even name one song she did, let alone hum the tune. Some, while sad, indicated they would not want their own daughters emulating her in any way. Some felt she was a slut who could sing a certain type of song. Some had no idea who she was.
Obviously, her suicide, whether intentional or not, was a product of her childhood or teenage years. Something bad had happened to her causing her to turn to drugs. She was desperate for love and when the crowd gave it to her, it was clean sex, yet, if the crowd turned on her like they did in Budapest (her last concert) it devastated her. In that concert, she could not even recall the lyrics to her hit songs. Such a tragic event, even if you thought she was nothing as a performer.
Taking all emotion out of it, Amy is simply a blip on popular music history. Few people will recall her name or what she did for music 5-10 years from now. She was never going to appeal to the masses the way other icons did. She is only known from those in her niche, a certain kind of music and look. Beyond that, Amy was not much on raw talent. Comparing her to John Lennon or Kurt Cobain is insanity and refusing to see the truth. Lennon has been dead 30 years and his influence remains.The same can said of Judy Garland, who died from alcohol in the 60s. Jimi Hendrix is another.
Her death is tragic and sad, but that is it.