Monday, June 16, 2008

Musical Monday - Amy Winehouse

The name Amy Winehouse Official / Wiki conjures up a sadness in me. The same sadness I feel when I think about ladies like Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, Karen Carpenter, and how they burned themselves out. Unfortunately this is the same fate I see for people like Ms Winehouse and the likes of Alicia Keys and who can forget Whitney Houston. It is like a train wreck, you just have to sit and watch for fear of missing something. Not only is her husband in jail, she showed up for a $2 million private gig in Russia "in no condition to perform", and just this afternoon she fainted at her London apartment, needing to be taken to the hospital for tests.

Amy is quite possibly the most talented soul singer to come down the pike of late. Don't let her British passport or appearance of an anorexic 17-year-old white girl fool you, she can belt out the R&B like nobody's business. Her voice is part Eartha Kitt, slinking around Etta James and sung with a slur that would make Macy Gray jealous.

This music is an updated version of that stuff Etta was singing 30 years ago, but she was never allowed to have lyrics like these:

When you smoke all my weed man
You gotta call the green man
So I can get mine and you get yours

I'm my own man so when will you learn
That you got a man but I got to burn
Don't make no difference if I end up alone
I'd rather have myself a smoke my homegrown
It's got me addicted, does more than any dick did
-- Song "Addicted" from Back To Black

I dare you to hit play on the video below and close your eyes...
Welcome back to Motown baby!
"Me & Mr. Jones"

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1 comment:

media boy said...

it's crazy how easy it is for this girl to get into the news