Saturday, July 23, 2011

Another talented soul will be eternally 27

A human life is a schooling for eternity.
~ Gottfried Keller


I guess by now you've all heard that Amy Winehouse has passed away. I was really shocked and saddened to hear the news. I love the sound of her voice. Her music had a soul drenched, pain filled sound to it. I think her personal pain inspired her to write some of her best songs. The thought of great performances reflecting personal pain reminds me of my favorite singer of all time, Janis Joplin.


Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse both had gravelly, booze stained voices that were so full of emotion. They also had this in common: both died at age 27. You know who else died at 27? Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. The list of musicians who died at this age actually goes on and on. (Click Here for the complete list.)

You've probably all heard about "The 27 Club" before. Statistically, many musicians die at 27. When I read today that Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27, I could not believe it.

Years ago, I was listening to an online radio show (Darkness Radio). The guest on the show was the author of the book,  The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock and Roll. He was a really interesting guy. If you'd like to read a little more about this book, there's a brief article on the npr site: Click Here for it.

I wanted to add an Amy Winehouse song to this post and I found a fitting one that you may have never heard. This is a recording of Amy singing a cover of "Will You Still Love me Tomorrow?"


I felt strange looking at pictures and videos of her while compiling this blog post. It was weird to look in her eyes and be reminded that she isn't alive anymore. Maybe she and Janis are off singing the most powerful duet ever.

If the members of The 27 Club are hanging out together in spiritual form, they might be putting on a concert similar to this one:


The afterlife is looking pretty cool! The thought of the best classic rock stars waiting to welcome Amy into their club, makes me feel a little less sad.

When I wrote "eternally 27" in this post's title, I meant that we will always picture Amy at this age. Even as we grow older, she will remain 27 in our minds. Despite her wild living in years past, she was looking healthy in recent photos. So when I remember her, I will at least think of a healthy and happy looking person.


P.S. ~ I was just looking at my previous blog entry, and realized I wrote that the woman in the old photo had "vintage Amy Winehouse hair". A comment that I thought was funny a few days ago, is completely weirding me out now!

18 comments:

  1. Little Gothic Horrors ~ Thanks! :) I wanted to write something nice about her, because I've enjoyed listening to her music so much!

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  2. I thought she had an amazing voice, though I wasn't a fan I was sadden by her death. I hope that she's at peace. :( I do feel the same way looking at her pictures, looking in her eyes it's weird.

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  3. Yeah, it's also hard to look into her eyes because there's so much emotion in them. In a lot of photos her eyes look sad.

    She may not have had the most peaceful life, but I do think she is at peace now.

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  4. Poignant post. Life was too much to live for all those talented folks.

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  5. I'd never even heard this "27 Club" stuff before today. I don't know much about Amy Winehouse either except that she had a cat. That makes her a lot more important than any pop music that I've never listened to. I hope someone has taken her cat to a new home. I also hope that someone isn't Kelly Osbourne.

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  6. It's sad , and a waste.
    She had talent , and her managers used her up to the end. You should take a peek at her in Belgrade on You Tube http://youtu.be/G43DnaU9qPM. She was a damn mess . Someone should've taken control.
    Good post .

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  7. To be honest (even though she had problems) I was still shocked. She was a talent indeed. BTW...made you blog of the day.

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  8. Gone Feral ~ Thank you! "Life was too much to live" That's a good way of saying it. I think all of these people had lives full of entertainment and energy but also full of chaos.

    Dr. Blood ~ Oh, The 27 Club is interesting to learn about. It's uncanny how not that many musicians have died at 26 or 28. I don't know what it is about the number 27. If I were a rock star, I'd be really relieved to make it past my 28th birthday!

    I actually didn't know that Amy Winehouse owned a cat. I'm sure the cat is with her family. Kelly Osbourne seems to have cleaned up her act and appears to be a nice girl. I'm sure a cat could be left with worse people!

    Dr. Clone ~ Wow! Look at all the doctors commenting on my blog today. Between you and Dr. Blood, it's almost like a clinic. :) Yes, it is sad and a waste of amazing talent. I don't know about the situation with her managers. What was going on there? I just watched the video and that is really sad. She almost looks like someone having a migraine or a stroke. She wasn't keeping her thoughts or balance. I read that she had been having health problems the past month and had actually fallen several times in her home. There may have been a health condition (other than addiction) that the public didn't know about.

    Copyboy ~ Yeah, I know what you mean. If she had died five years ago, I wouldn't have been all that shocked. She appeared to have it more together in recent years. Although, past drug abuse can catch up with people. Thanks so much for making this blog of the day! :)

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  9. Great post! I really enjoyed Amy's music, and was saddened by this recent event. It is very frustrating to know that her people didn't look out for her, but instead pushed her to continue working when the fact was she needed help. Perhaps she was well aware of herself being used, and this became a source of her great sadness. It is a shame and very tragic.

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  10. Robin ~ Thank you! Yes, it is really sad that she wasn't surrounded by the right people. While watching one of her last performances, I wondered why no one stopped the show and at least had her sit down for a while. I think sometimes celebrities are surrounded by assistants or managers who are happy to profit off of the celebrity being a car crash. I felt the same way about Britney Spears during her crazy times and Anna Nicole Smith.

    I wonder why Amy Winehouse was so sad too. It could be the people in her life. It looked like she had an off and on dysfunctional relationship. It's probably lonley for a person who is that famous and insulated.

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  13. I wonder whether she did plan her death to happen at 27 or whether it was just a coincidence that things just went really bad at this age? Sad, even if I wasn't big fan of her she was talented musician.

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  14. I hadn't thought of that as a possibility. I'm not sure if her death was planned at all. Some people assume she had an overdose, but I tend to think that years of hard living combined with bad health finally caught up with her. It really is a strange coincidence that she would die at 27 like the others. Yes, she was talented and would have gone on to make more great music, had she lived.

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  16. I was really sad to hear about her death. Always seems like the truly talented ones go so young. :(

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  17. I know! Well, probably some untalented ones go young as well. We just don't hear about them. :)

    Yeah, I'm still feeling sad about her death. One of her songs came up on a music playlist I was listening to today, and I felt so strange listening to it.

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