On Saturday, July 23, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her bedroom. She joins a historic list of artistic talents we have lost too soon. She is another name added to the dreaded “27 Club” which includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain as musicians who lived no further than age 27 and who died after years troubled by alcohol and drug abuse. By all accounts, those close to her (and I’m sure to the others dying before her) knew at some level early death would be a tragic, but not unforseen event. Though we wish for it, not everyone can have a happy ending.
My favorite song from Amy is “Tears Dry On Their Own” from the “Back to Black” album. I love the spunky lyrics, throwback soul sound and sly joy that can be heard in her voice as she sings. It is a song on the Life Theme Songs playlist on my iPod. It is what I thought of to make me smile after hearing the awful news of her death because for all the things that haunted her throughout life, I envision she had the purest moments of joy when writing and performing.
Who are some of the musicians that you miss?
Did you have the opportunity to see them live in concert?
What is it about their music and/or life that inspires you today?