Monday, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse-When the Talent Couldn’t Save Her from Herself

     As I scoured the online universe Sunday afternoon the first reaction by almost everyone to the news of her death was they were not the least bit surprised, even I Facebooked “expecting this headline sooner or later”, which given her history was not entirely inaccurate in the sense we all had unfortunately seen this day coming for awhile now. 

      Amy’s “battle” with her demons was well publicized in the media and I got this sense that even though she had sold over 16 million records worldwide and had this powerful voice that crossed the R&B, Jazz and Soul barriers that we only get to hear once in a generation the public would never be able to get past her drinking and she felt that to.

    Sources are coming forward saying that she had given up, she was on a non-stop drinking binge and not caring what the outcome was. Amy’s mother Janis Winehouse has said that when they met a day before she died “She seemed out of it” a British newspaper reported. Looking from the outside in we will never know what really happened, sure we’ll get a report saying this and that but we will never truly know what pushed her over. 

    As a person who doesn’t know what addiction is like in the first person I want to say why didn’t she just stop ?…why didn’t she just get help ? she had everything in the world to live for, Fame…Money……..but the people out there that have faced some type of addiction first hand and are still fighting it today will tell you that’s just not the case, it’s not that easy…and the story of Amy Winehouse ends with her losing the battle but in a very strange way winning the chance to be at peace from those voices of betrayal once and for all.

R.I.P. Amy Winehouse 1983-2011....27 Years old.

Joe Cornelisse-SSGS

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