Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse is dead

Some are born dead, some achieve death, and some have death thrust upon them. At whatever point it occurs, it is unavoidable, inevitable, inescapable.

Amy Winehouse was of those Marmite kind of artists: you either loved her or loathed her. She had recently cancelled a number of concerts in Serbia, Turkey and Greece so she could 'sort herself out'. Sadly, it appears that rehab was not enough. Her long battle against drink and drugs has brought her music to an end, and the world has lost another talent at a tragically young age. RIP.


Anonymous Sov_Res said...

Why couldn't it have been Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian?

Apparently her Father is on a plane and doesn't even know. Twitter is evil sometimes.

23 July 2011 at 17:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very sad and my thoughts go out to her close friends and family.....yes, many far less talented out live the gifted...

23 July 2011 at 18:17  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Never 'erd of 'er - But if that's a display of talent, "I'm a Dutchman" as my old Granny used to say.

Hadn't the patience to watch the full video, YG. Not least because I deal with many of these sulky, sultry, scowly, types... on a daily basis. I tend to gather that, whatever the problem, it'd all be my blue-eyed, dirty-blonde, fully-dressed fault. Even if I (metaphorically) stood on my head to try and help.

Sadly, their version of anti-culture seems to be quite prevalent among the young of all ethnicities.

23 July 2011 at 18:23  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

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23 July 2011 at 18:32  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Despite the unbecoming comment above, this was a young woman with talent gripped by addiction. If it were your daughter Mr non mouse would you be so uncharitable?

May God have mercy on her soul and may she rest in peace.

23 July 2011 at 18:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drug abuse, alcohol abuse,are a growing problem for those who seek to numb the pain of a pointless existence or emotional turmoil.
Jesus came to set the captives free, which includes those trapped within addiction.

Jesus said;
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

23 July 2011 at 19:13  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I wasn't a fan but she was a talented singer. Such a shame.

23 July 2011 at 19:49  
Anonymous tony b said...

Non mouse - shame on you.

23 July 2011 at 20:18  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Strange isnt it how some of the so called most talented musicians have problems , the drugs may be useful when performing or writing , but when they interact with the ordinary aspects it is battle of boredom and stardust , and it all comes crashing down around you .

I never knew until recently that one of my favourite pop songs "baker street" by Gerry Rafterty , was actually a song about being spit out and spiralling due to being dumped by his record company. Perhaps Amys lyrics or at least style will in time tell us things she did not know about her life .RIP none the less a talented singer .

23 July 2011 at 20:25  
Anonymous gladiolys said...

Non-mouse: "Never 'erd of 'er"; "Hadn't the patience to watch the full video"...
but you take the time to mock and disparage.

You need to get your priorities sorted, mate. Or are you just jealous that other people are talented - can write good songs, have spirit, and even if they have personal demons, are willing to put up a fight even if it invites the mockery of others? Maybe you think it's enough to be "blue-eyed, dirty-blonde, fully-dressed " to demand respect from others?

She was a talented individual. She made a public contribution to our pop culture. She was a human being. She'll be missed.

23 July 2011 at 20:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some downward spirals are quicker than others, trying to change can be thwarted by the trying and the spiral takes its toll.

The entertainment industry can be a perverse place and has claimed many a lost soul.

Tune in, turn on and drop out.

23 July 2011 at 20:34  
Anonymous Old Blue Eyes said...

She was a terrible role model for impressionable young kids who revere pop idols and celebrities. It was always going to end as it has. A waste of talent.

23 July 2011 at 21:34  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

It may be premature to speculate, but I think it worth noting
that whereas " religious" extremists. ( if that be the Norwegian case) kill rarely, drug dealers kill dozens of young people every day.

23 July 2011 at 21:48  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and now Amy Winehouse, all talented, all 27 years old when death came calling and all victims of a lifestyle they were not equipped to deal with. RIP

23 July 2011 at 22:01  
Anonymous gladiolys said...

Martin Sewell: so do off-licenses, pubs and tobacconists - life is better, for some people, with enhancements, despite the associated risks.

23 July 2011 at 22:16  
Anonymous Dreadnaught said...

It had to happen, I just hope the kids will realise that there is nothing glamorous in being a junkie.

23 July 2011 at 22:19  
Anonymous non mouse said...

My, the self-righteous are so quick to condemn on the weakness of their own preconceptions and misinterpretations!

Well, Bozos, pray be advised that I cannot and will not pretend to see talent where I see only debased humanity, diseased culture and, possibly, a cry for help. I also maintain that "The fault dear [Dodo] is not within our stars, but in" what said benighted culture now markets as art, poetry, or music.* I most certainly do not blame the victimized child herself.

Indeed, I speak in light of evidence from someone who recently sought to join the ranks of such "singers." That girl described to me what happened when she attended her first recording session. It ain't pretty: the above presents only the tip of the iceberg.

A white girl who clearly prides herself on being "pneumatic" yesterday informed me, in the parlance of rappers, that white women should be fat, happy, healthy, and learn to be shameless about displaying our "assets." She expressly lacks interest in why we might choose not to do so; [even if we can't cash in on rolls of blubber].

A young man I spoke to claims that such tastes (expressed in a specified rap "song") extoll the benefits of uncommitted relationships. Fortunately, he responds positively to Christian influence and recognizes the limitations of said "benefits."

I thank God that, unlike Dodo, tb, and other socialists, God knows all hearts. I trust, in His Wisdom, he will also accept my prayers for this particular girl, all her kind, and all the victims of the miasmic system that corrupts them.

*Apologies to Shakespeare, who actually had Cassius say of a different evil than that which besets us:

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus; and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings. (Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. I.ii: 135-41.)

23 July 2011 at 22:30  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Oh, and Gladiolys --- you will be as delighted as I that we are not mates; not in any way, shape, or form. Neither do I demand anything of you; nor do I mock the person in question, or the problems that render such people unable to develop their talents (I didn't say she had none, only that they're invisible).

I've never heard of her because I can't abide the filth she was involved in. I stay as far away from it as possible. Whatever you see to be jealous about is a mystery to me, so perhaps you are projecting a little there.

Still, I'll not return to this strand now, as I fear we might be embarking on another journey like that we suffered over the moon-walking type.

23 July 2011 at 22:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how I will get through tomorrow.


23 July 2011 at 23:37  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

non mouse

Before you come over all so self righteous read your original post. It is not filled with a Christian love or empathy for this young woman and the evils of the industry she worked for.

Too late now to call her a "victimized child" and to offer "prayers for this particular girl, all her kind, and all the victims of the miasmic system that corrupts them."

You described her as a "sulky, sultry, scowly, types... on a daily basis. I tend to gather that, whatever the problem, it'd all be my blue-eyed, dirty-blonde, fully-dressed fault. Even if I (metaphorically) stood on my head to try and help."

Later you said, "I've never heard of her because I can't abide the filth she was involved in." If you take the time to research Amy's jazz/blues music you will also learn that her genre was somewhat different to your narrow minded opinions of the music young people listen to today.

No, in my opinion, you have displayed a nasty, judgemental attitude and I and others were right to challenge you.

I most certainly am not a 'socialist'! Is this how you label Christians different from yourself?

24 July 2011 at 00:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our children manifest the ills of our society, reflecting back the culture they inherit and are contesting.

True artists are prophets commenting on contradictions. Many are in pain and disturbed; they see the world differently; some turn to drugs. They are unprotected by those charged with nurturing them for the sake of mammon.

24 July 2011 at 00:42  
Anonymous Petronius said...

How sad.
Although I didn't personally rate Ms Winehouse's music as one of the 'all-time greats', she certainly had some talent. Plus, despite her drug problems, she often came across as down-to-earth and likeable, in the interviews and clips I've seen of her offstage. I particularly recall one of her appearances on the BBC show 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks', where she leapt to the defence of an elderly man whom the rest of the panel were making fun of. She told them to show some respect, then got up from her seat and gave the man a hug. (search it out on youtube). It was a touching moment, and it revealed her as a caring and vulnerable person. I'll remember her for that TV clip, rather than for her onstage performances.
May she rest in peace and may the Lord have mercy, on her and on all of us.

24 July 2011 at 01:02  
Blogger Just Wonderful said...

I'm sorry but I fail to see anything more shocking or sad than the death of any other 27 year old. She chose her path.

24 July 2011 at 02:28  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Petronius: Yes, I recall that episode too. It is indeed a pity that she could not allow her better self to shine through.

I felt too, that once she debased her body with a mass of tattoos, she would never free herself; caught forever in her mirror, stamped for eternity, with the barcoded banality of foolishness, she had no where else to go. All very sad indeed.

24 July 2011 at 03:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

non mouse do the world a fvor stick a gun in your mouth and pull the trigger. what if that was your daughter or sisiter or mother?you are worse than fecal matter

24 July 2011 at 04:07  
Anonymous Avi Barzel said...

Thank you, Your Grace, for your wise and kind words. I saw Amy, z"l, very briefly once, several years ago, at an unremarkable social function and without knowing, at the time, who she was. I recall her as a pleasant and a somewhat shy and even ordinary young woman, not at all like her public persona. May the Almighty take this daughter of Israel in His care, and may He bring relief and comfort to her loved ones. B'shalom.

24 July 2011 at 06:19  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

"Ps I most certainly am not a 'socialist'! Is this how you label Christians different from yourself?"

I think you have to imagine the view from the viewpoint. On a right to left spectrum, even centre-right can appear pretty far to the left.

24 July 2011 at 06:49  
Anonymous tony b said...

Well, the Christians are covering themselves in glory this week. It's a good job we know they aren't all mass murderers and self-righteous prigs, isn't it?

24 July 2011 at 07:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

non mouse I find your comments perfectly in keeping with the kind of society you desire.

Those who find distaste in your words are also those who will not allow you to seperate your kind into a society of its own and teach a better way to live.

Sadly until society listens to your voice in the wilderness, we will see many more deaths brought about by this cult of abuse.

I think we all know that at heart, folk just rebel against whether your way of expressing it is appropriate.

I would ask you to consider Judy Garland, Monroe and many others destroyed by the same industry of users ans abusers.

24 July 2011 at 08:10  
Anonymous Dreadnaught said...

Her long battle against drink and drugs

A love affair would be more accurate surely? She 'wouldn't go to re-hab would she, she said, no-no-no' and made a song and a stack of money out of it. No, no-no tears from me I'm afraid.

24 July 2011 at 08:49  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

"Those who find distaste in your words are also those who will not allow you to seperate your kind into a society of its own and teach a better way to live."

Separate away. Please! I'm sure there are some remote Scottish islands or something available where people can live, within reason, according to their own rules in an Amish sort of way. We could also supply a radio channel for the teaching, one which we can tune into ... or not ... as we wish. Actually, I might try to sell this idea to Endemol. ;)

24 July 2011 at 10:00  
Blogger Jessie said...

I love Amy, I will always do, but I think she just maybe said yes, and now she would be alive. R.I.P.

I'm really sorry.

24 July 2011 at 10:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


We don't need a Scottish Island, because all races and cultures have witnessed the serpents folked tongued lies for themselves now.

The wisdom of our ancestors has been dismissed as myth by your atheistic ilk.

But no more, its time to slay the Dragon and live in truth.

24 July 2011 at 10:57  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

"The wisdom of our ancestors has been dismissed as myth by your atheistic ilk."

Which myths? That Allah dictated a book to Mohammed? That Krishna was involved in the Mahābhārata? That Siddhārtha Gautama reached the enlightened state? That Zeus rules on Mount Olympus? That someone died and rose from the dead a few days later?

24 July 2011 at 11:27  
Anonymous Griffin said...

She was an expression of the divine, like everyone else, and a child of our degenerate time which was reflected in her "music" and in her tragic life.

24 July 2011 at 12:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here, skeptics, see what we lost:

(Teach Me Tonight', before Winehouse became an addict.)

24 July 2011 at 15:31  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Anonymous: Thanks for the link. Yes, another person entirely.

In seeing what we lost, we must acknowledge that we lost her a long time before her death.

Unfortunately, the time 'between' served to influence others adversely. Aided and abetted by a scurrilous 'Press' that dogged her every step. All a lethal combination, alas.

24 July 2011 at 15:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The liar has not a leg to stand on, so slithers on the ground like a snake.

Ancestral wisdom.

24 July 2011 at 17:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its NOT all-right to wish other people dead, because of a death thats actually caused by herself, anyway! you must be dumb as hell if you want other people to die!!! MANIAC!

24 July 2011 at 23:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy who?

25 July 2011 at 09:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is getting really strange...First, Michael Jackson, then her, our beloved Amy Winehouse..This doesn't smell good to me..And second of all, she was very young and didn't seem to have any health problems!

25 July 2011 at 13:31  

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