Monday, 2 September 2013

Amy Winehouse: A Beautiful Singer and a Beautiful Woman


I propose some background music while you read:

Amy Winehouse was arguably one of the most targeted women by the media for her 'wild lifestyle' and her presence as an apparent bad role model to young fans. I don't care about all of these 'bad' things; I care that she was an amazing artist and that should be enough.

Artistry is expression at its finest, be it emotional confession or a preach for change; just as Lennon wrote: "Imagine all the people, living life in peace" and Jackson sang: "It doesn't matter if you're black or white" Amy Winehouse's soulful declarations of self will form her legacy and when all criticism fades.

As the first British woman to win five Grammys Winehouse should have been praised for her song writing and performance achievements however even this resulted in controversy. Some, even saying she shouldn't have been awarded them because of her battle of substance abuse, how on earth could something like that even be justified. In what way does that take away her achievements; she took drugs BUT she still wrote and performed fantastic songs that deserve all of the credit in the world. 

Amongst the chaos the media made of Winehouse they rarely reported on her positive impacts of society. I wonder how many people would put her down as a supporter of charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust, Oxfam and WaterAid, to name a few or know that she worked with to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Amy in no way shyed away from her struggles with eating disorders or substance abuse; she used these in her music a way in which any good artist would because that's what the creatives do: they use their writing, art and music as an outlet for their internal struggles. Music is a powerful way of opening up the soul and Winehouse's music exposed her at her most vulnerable but I'd argue that this vulnerability shows strength beyond belief. I hope that people will learn to see passed her somewhat ragged exterior and that her legacy will be purely attributed to her successes.

"He walks away, the sun goes down tears dry on their own."


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