Remembering Amy Winehouse: I Wish She Said…………..

27/07/11 1:14 PM

I wish she sang,  “Yes. Yes. Yes.”

Instead it was. “No. No. No.”

I am referring to a lyric from an Amy Winehouse song about passing on rehabilitation treatment.

A few days ago, I woke to radio news. I heard a blip–a mere soundbite–that “troubled” pop singer Amy Winehouse is dead.

The news delivery was blunt. No feeling. Devoid of emotion.

I find that perplexing because Ms. Winehouse produced 2 CD in her short career. These 2 CDs were noting but blunt. They were exploding with feeling and raw emotion.

Sadness turned to sorrow. I reached over from my bed, shut the radio off, and slept for 20 more minutes–however, sleep was evasive.

I thought…………This is just like Janis Joplin. This is similar to Jim Morrison. Kurt left this world much too soon. Oh,  Jimi Hendrix. You were a  master of the guitar and could deliver a lyric with power. Sam Cooke, your smooth soulful voice was silenced by violence. I hardly hear your songs played on the radio today. Oh, when time passes and memory fades people often forget; yet I do not. Cass Elliott. Karen Carpenter. John. Imagine what these artist would be doing if alive today?  Ah, speculation. It is a game we play.

When discussing Ms. Winehouse with a good friend in the medical field, he said, “Many people refuse help. THEY have to make the decision to get clean and sober and STAY clean and sober.”

My retort was, “But……………but…………”

I found myself sputtering and floundering  like a  sailboat off course.

If only Ms. Winehouse was able to find a medical treatment center, far from the maddening crowd. I wish she could have sought  comprehensive medical attention. Contrary to popular belief, she did enter rehabilitation several times,  yet fell backwards into the vortex of addiction.

Addiction is a medical condition. It is not weakness of character. It affects all rungs of society.

Outside of Ms. Winehouse’s home,  fans created a memorial with teddy bears, poems, hand written letters, smokes, empty vodka bottles, flowers, candles, pictures, wine glasses filled with wine, and other expressions to represent loss. Memorials help those who are left behind.

Right now, I feel sad for Amy’s parents and all those who admired her artistry. It is  strange to write the word “admired in the past tense.

You might find yourself in a club, or shopping in some hip store with an I-tune play list or songs downloaded using Pandora.  On  may come an Amy Winehouse song. I’m sure you will reflect on her unique talent–and note her voice was silenced way before its time.

Like the flash of a comet, Ms. Winehouse’s life was brief, yet her impact on the music world will be remembered for years to come.

Sleep soundly with the angels, Amy. You are at peace.

Brendan Ben Feeney


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  5. From the Canyon Says:

    Brendan Ben. Great to see you writing on a host of interesting topics; many touching upon the arts and music. It was tragic to learn of Amy Winehouse’s death. With just 2 CDs under her belt, Amy did make an impact on the music world and had a host of loyal fans across the globe. You are correct when you write…Where were those around her to get her the proper help she needed? No more blind eyes. A fan of your sharp, spot-on writing. From the Canyon of LA

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  8. LAWoman Says:

    Brendan! Leave it to you to dash a tribute to Amy. Thanks from all of us at ***** (Business Name Witheld) request. RIP, Amy. You sang with such heart and soul.

    BBF’s editor passes along this personal comment to LAWoman from BBF:

    “LAWoman. Thanks for the note you sent me the other day. Yes, it is so sad to loose another member of the music community. Best of luck with your latest project. I will look for the CD release around the holiday season. With respect and friendship.”

  9. Da Music Masta Says:

    Hello Brendan! Nice seeing you in California. Many thanks for the Amy Winehouse tribute. You have a way with words and are respected in the music community. Let’s git togther when in CA. Or, if we are in NYC, I will have my agent call your manager. Peace out. Name witheld upon request.

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    “I was elated when I saw your name come across my desk. Sorry I cannot make the MTV Birthday Bash. The music will be good. But the food will be GREAT! Heheheh. I heard your tour is a huge success. Outdoors? No air condtioning? Say what?…………Crank the fans. Hehehe. Yes. I too was shocked to learn of Amy’s passing. We keep saying, “What if………” Keep in touch. Keep slamin’ da jam. Love the new CD. Also, you are getting lots of airplay. Congrats.” Ben

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  30. LA Rock Star Says:

    Ben….What a touching and true tribute to Amy. This business—and it is a business—can eat you up. Living out of a suitcase for 10 months of the year, for 13 years wears you down. As we have discusses, I have had my ups and downs. More ups than downs, thank God. You are a stable force in what you do. Ben. You are rock solid and a mentor to me and the band. Your art speaks volumes. Love your latest street photography you showed (name withheld) when you were in California. I agree with your premise. We need more outreach in my line of work to catch rising–and falling stars—like Amy. May she find the peace she could never find at home in London, or on tour around the world after her commanding win with those major music awards that begin with a G. Can’t wait to see you when you are in California again. (Name withheld per poster request)

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  38. Ziggy Says:

    Yo, Ben. Nice seeing you in California at the event. Thanks for supporting our new project and editing lyrics for me. Hitting the road again in 2012. Lot of gratis gigs. Talk to (name withheld) off line this week. We will meet in NYC or if you get to the Islands this winter, hang in (name withheld) with me. I know how much you like sitting on the porch doing notheing. Ya, right. Peace. Love. In the spirit of Ja. Z

    BBF’s editor sends this personal message to Ziggy from BBF:

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