It’s amazing how we meet people some times and have an instant bond with them. “We took a liking to him right away”, “There’s just something about her you love”, we’ve all heard at some point or at least (hopefully) in context. Such was the case for me with Amy Winehouse almost ten years ago now.
Her debut “Frank” was released in October of 2003. I’m inspired to write about this incredible child of God, this immaculate spirit, this gift to humanity once again because weeks after her death I’m still in mourning. I didn’t recognize it right away, but every other time I hear a song by her, I think she’ll never sing those words again. A sad fact, yet how fortunate we all are that she got to record those words before her untimely demise. I miss her, yet she’s left her mark, an undeniable indelible impression on the face of this small planet, in this life… Amy was a bad mutherfucker!
In her latter days, she had decided to completely change her life around as it relates to controlled substances and drinking. Someone else already wrote the essence, I took this from “The Ministry of Gossip” at the Los Angeles Times:
Amy Winehouse had alcohol in her system when she died but “no illegal substances,” a representative of the singer’s family said. Winehouse, known for her soulful voice, her five “Back to Black” Grammys and her turbulent battles with alcohol and other substances, was found dead in her north London home on July 24. She was 27. “Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy’s system at the time of her death,” the rep said in a statement. “Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death.”
An autopsy conducted on the “Rehab” singer’s body in late July was inconclusive pending results of toxicology and other tests. A funeral was held July 26, and Winehouse’s body was cremated. “She was trying hard to deal with her drinking and had just completed three weeks of abstinence,” Mitch Winehouse, the singer’s father, told British media after her death. “She said, ‘Dad I’ve had enough of drinking. I can’t stand the look on your and the family’s faces anymore.’ ” He said she’d conquered her drug problems. An inquest into Amy Winehouse’s death was opened in July and will resume Oct. 26 in London. Authorities said they’d found no signs of foul play at the scene of her death.
Amy died trying to be a better Amy. How unfortunate that is, she wasn’t a victim of not realizing she was loved or binging. What else can I say, I loved her, her departure resonates with me as Michael Jackson’s did. I got an Amy Winehouse/ ‘Biggie’ sandwich today while listening to my i-pod. Amy’s “He Can Only Hold Her” B.I.G.’s “Machine Gun Funk” (my favorite) and Amy’s “Back to Black.”