I don’t usually repost old posts, but I’m making an exception for this one. I posted this a year ago, on the anniversary of the death of Amy Winehouse. I’m reposting it because this time last year I barely knew how to blog, and when I then moved from Blogger to WordPress, a lot of my older posts got “lost” and went unnoticed, including this one. I feel like this one is especially important to me, and I really just want to share my “Amy” story with everyone else.
I debated wether to post this at all, because I wasn’t sure what the point was. Since then I’ve had someone reply with isn’t she dead or something? when I mentioned Amy in a conversation about music, which made me feel like not enough people know. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I love her music so much, and I’d like to just remember her for a minute for the good things rather than the bad.
Four years ago, I wasn’t a fan. My dad had the Frank album in his car, and I “disliked” it on principle because it was my dad’s music, and why would he have good taste? That’s awful, I know. (I’ve since discovered that my dad’s taste in music is actually quite good.) I was in a pop music phase, which coincidentally, I grew out of two years later when I discovered how amazing the music of Amy Winehouse really is.
It began when I heard Back to Black for the first time. I fell in love with it instantly, and I knew I had to hear more. One album later, and I had a new favourite singer. I loved everything from her voice, to her lyrics , to her sound and her image. I had the album Back to Black on repeat, and I was frantically watching all of her live videos, unreleased songs, cover versions and interviews. I was obsessed. When I found out that she came to Ireland, and did live performances here, I instantly regretted that I hadn’t liked her when she was alive. I never disliked her, but I handn’t realised how amazing she was until it was too late.
Since listening to Amy for the first time, I’ve been introduced to so much other amazing music – I’ve discovered The Shangri-Las, The Crystals, Dionne Bromfield, Elvis, The Beatles, The Shirelles, Tony Benett, Frank Sinatra and so many more. I’ve become better at performing myself, and I’ve found so many songs to sing for performances that I wouldn’t have found if it wasn’t for her music.
I’ve seen so many people say on the internet how Amy Winehouse wasted her life – I disagree completely. She may have wasted what could have been of the rest of her life; no one will ever know what she would have gone on to do. But she didn’t waste the time she had here. She inspired so many through her music and her person. She created timeless, beautiful music which changed the way many people of this generation looked at music, including me.
What am I saying? Remember Amy Winehouse for what she did, not what she didn’t do. Listen to her music, admire her skill, remember her talents. In my opinion, she’s so much more than “that singer who died from drinking and took too many drugs,” and I want as many people as possible to feel the same. I want to spread her music to new listeners, who in time will feel the same way I do, and to love what she was with the people who already feel the same. If you haven’t already, go listen to Back to Black, October Song, Some Unholy War, Love is A Losing Game, Take the Box, or You Sent Me Flying. Any of her songs really. Watch her videos. Appreciate what she did in the little time she had here.