Monday, 25 July 2011

Sleeping with the Angels

Words can't really describe how shit this July has been. The next blow being the death of my favourite musician Amy Winehouse. I remember talking about this day in 2007 with my best friend, Amy had been taken into hospital due to a reaction to her medication and I got really worried. My best friend's favourite artist is Pete Doherty, and so we came onto the topic of conversation about if we thought they would ever get clean or whether they would be beaten by their addictions. It makes it even harder to write about her dying due to the close proximity I have had to death recently.
Amy Winehouse changed music. She gave artists who would never have had the courage to perform the inspiration to create their own music, for instance Lady Gaga. She changed so many people's lives. She changed my life. She broke the generic, factory moulded pop music theme that had been occurring for years. She allowed people to be different. She took the shit from the tabloids and the media, she hardly ever complained even though there were daily attacks towards her from the likes of the Sun and the Daily Mail. What are they saying about her now? They're glorifying her. They are acting as though they never meant to write all the stuff they wrote before. Teasing her, bullying her.
Do you know how many people I have deleted off of facebook since this happened? 15. 15 'friends' who were making vile jokes about her death. Why do people these days have no respect? And then there were those posting things like 'You make me sick, how can people be more interested in the news of Amy Winehouse dying than the 92 people killed in Norway today?' The thing is... it's not that we don't care. It's that for some people she has changed lives. Sure, the Norway massacres are devastating and sick, yet how do we mourn the loss of the children we never knew? I have my respectful prayers for their families and my questions about the sanity of their murderer, but the death of 92 Norweigans and the death of a musician are two completely different things, and cannot possibly be associated. The only thing they have in common is the day of their death.

Amy, you are beautiful, your music changed me, I always believed in you. I'm so glad I got to see you when I did, and that we were standing at the front, and that you sang to me and I cried. I can't wait for your third album. Sleep well and look after Georgia xxxx

'Am in Devon. Lettie's reading me the bad things about alcohol and this pen is running out.
Amy went to hospital yesterday. USA Today told me. I don't know what to think anymore, obviously I care a great deal about her and Peter. It's funny feeling this when I've never even met them. Amy's my favourite artist. I don't know what I would do if something happened to her. I don't like thinking of it. Lettie said she'd be distraught about Pete and stay off school, I'd join her and just cry all day long. It's strange how someone or something can be so far away but so close to you at the same time.' -
29th July 2007 from my Diary


  1. it's such a loss. even though she wasn't my favourite artist, i still felt very sad when i heard about the news. just like you said, it's not bad to mourn for an artist you love, even though there was that other bad thing in norway. everyone has his own experiences - it's obvious that you miss the ones you love most. she was a great talent, her voice will be missed forever.

    jos xx

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about all of the bad things that are happening in your life right now.

    Hearing about Amy was a blow for me, too. I was, upset, if anything, that we all weren't able to hear more of her completely unique, original music. Her death is comparable to Michael Jackson's, to me. Such a great, obviously kind soul. I completely agree with you. A FB friend posted about Norway and criticized the popularity of Amy's death and I wanted to say something. She certainly changed my life.

  3. Such a beautifully talented artist and person. Sad to see her go, but her music will live on.
    xx Allie

  4. This was such a sad day. It was my first day of a very small vacation and I cried like a baby.
    You will be very missed Amy.


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