I can’t believe how overwhelmed with sadness I felt when I heard the news on Saturday afternoon about Amy Winehouse and how I cried on Sunday morning as I watched video clips of her amazing voice. What a tragic waste of an amazing talent.
Ever since I first heard her album Frank in 2003 I was a fan – I love her style of music, like so many of music’s tragic figures including one of Amy’s idols Billie Holliday, Amy’s voice was strong yet vulnerable. I don’t know anyone who didn’t love Back to Black and her collaboration with Mark Ronson – Valerie, always gets everyone up dancing. When she sang jazz standards or Frank Sinatra favourites in the back of her Dad’s cab, the hairs on the back of your neck stood up.
We need to remember Amy as beautiful, gifted, stylish (huge hair beauty and fashion influence) and much loved by everyone who knew her. Her music will live on – people of all ages are fans, showing that amazing talent will always cross huge divides. I can’t wait for the release of Tony Bennett’s Duets II in September, when he sings with who he says is the greatest singer he has ever worked with – some accolade when Aretha and Lady Gaga also duet with him on this.
A little light went out in Camden on Saturday and in all music lovers hearts – you are at peace now Amy.