July 23, 2011

For every bright shining candle that gutters out before its time

Please take the time to remember that for each Amy or Townes or Janis; there are thousands of other people who die just as early and just as horribly — we do not hear about them because they were never “famous”.

From the NY Times:

Breakout Album Became Winehouse’s Only Song
She was just getting started. Amy Winehouse, dead at 27, was only two albums into a career, and a life, that would be derailed by alcohol, drugs and bad choices.

Ms. Winehouse had not released an album in five years; her masterpiece, “Back to Black,” arrived in Britain in 2006 and in the United States in 2007. Its insolent, savvy but sadly prophetic single “Rehab” won Grammy Awards as Record of the Year and Song of the Year and the Ivor Novello Award in Britain, and it might not even be the album’s best song. Under better circumstances, “Back to Black” would have been a foundation for a long and maturing catalog. Now, it remains as a warning that Ms. Winehouse could not bring herself to heed. “I tread a troubled track,” she sang in the album’s title song. “My odds are stacked.”

The police in London have said that they are investigating the circumstances of Ms. Winehouse’s death, but that “at this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”

Sweet dreams and peace at last.

Posted by DaveH at July 23, 2011 09:35 PM