On July 23rd, while people were mourning for the loss of life in China’s train accidents and Norway’s massacre, the news of Amy Winehouse’s death came as another blow to the world in grief. The young singer has long been struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism. Although the cause of her death is inconclusive in the autopsy report, the tragedy reaffirms the serious impact of these notorious habits on people. In her live show in Belgrade this year, she could barely focus when the band was playing “Back to Black.” Her reaction was slow and not able to follow the beat. She then stopped singing while the music was still playing. With a lot of great performance from her at her sobriety in mind, it is really regrettable to see her perform in a state that she is apparently not herself.
In a world that explicitly adores youth, the death of a young talent could receive more attention and lament from the public. As her soulful voice is much praised and her music critically acclaimed, it is really sad to learn that career success cannot help her overcome the sense of emptiness or other negative feelings. There is definitely something that should go prior to career success to make everything right, and obviously, drug and alcohol is not the answer.
It takes me quite some time to write about Amy Winehouse, a singer actually I don’t know very well. I only started to learn about her two months ago when I saw those embarrassing news about her concerts. As I watched some video clips online, I was really amazed at her voice and felt sorry about her personal problem. The news of her death makes the sadness grow deeper as she will not have another chance to be fully recovered. From the audience’s perspective, it is hard to know what she has been through, but I do hope those who are in the same quandary can get help and support and overcome addiction. As for Amy, I just want to keep those memories of her wonderful songs. See below for her performance of “Back to Black” a few years ago, where she was radiant with glamour and bold confidence: