It’s so hard to believe that it’s been three years since dear Amy has passed from this great world to join some musical greats. This Saturday whilst sitting in my garden listening to Spotify the beautiful tones of “Will you still love me tomorrow” rang out. I was instantly reminded of a time in my existence when Amy was what got me through the days. Here is a list of reasons why I will love Miss Amy now, forever and always.
1. Her Iconic Hairstyle.
All you have to mention is a beehive and the majority of people will recall Amy’s epic bouffant. In spite of mass criticism she rocked this do until her final days. Here’s to you Amy for not giving a single fiddlers about the nay-sayers.
2. She inspired a wave of talented artists that followed her.
It was one of her most brilliant contributions to this world. She kicked down the door of sugar sweet pop music and gave the world a taste of jazz and blues music and in her wake followed a wave of supremely talented artists who she inspired. The world is a much better place for not only her own musical offerings but for the influence she had on the world of music also. She wrote from the very pits of her heart and soul no matter how painful and you believed every word she sang because you knew that it was all so very real. Sadly a great deal of people only truly recognised her brilliance when she was no longer with us to share her brilliance.
3. She was a kick ass Tattooed lady.
I will always have a soft spot for women who kick ass and sport ink. She wore hers with the air of an old school Sailor Jerry pin up. Sure people had their opinions on her ink. Did she care? Did she f*ck! They were her tattoos and she wore them with pride. You have to admire that kind of attitude, it’s one I certainly have learned to emulate as a Tattooed Lady. Everyone has their opinions but as the quote goes “Your opinion of me is none of my business”
4. She wrote the saddest love songs.
Though Back to black may not immediately strike you as a love song but it is, in the most heart breaking way. She showed us a very real side of love, it isn’t always sugary sweet and wonderful. Sometimes that sh*t is real and real hard too. It can be tragic, heartbreaking and beautiful and Amy wrote and sang it so well.
5. Her style was completely her own.
The hair, the clothes, the make-up – Amy had a look that stood out in a time when our media world was were filled with perfect little pop dollies, fresh off the mainstream production line. All pristine, all perfect, all f*ckable and all the very same. Sure she slipped up in other areas, but in a culture that is so obsessed with looking a certain kind of perfect – she did her own thing and arguably was a great role model in that sense.
6. She had an incredible talent.
Amy left this world all too young with only two albums under her belt but her talent and impact out-shon that fact. Her impact on the world of music with those two albums is unquestionable. with her unique voice and her wonderful London accent there are few that can compare to her brilliance. In my eyes anyway. She worked hard and paved her own way in the world of music when everyone else was relying on “talent” shows and gimmicks Amy was one of the originals.
7. She just didn’t care what people thought.
I’ve mentioned it more than once but I think it is such a wonderful attribute that I feel it deserves a point of it’s own. The person who describes best is Amy herself.
8. She was hugely charitable.
We have hear about Amy’s Dad Mitch’s Amy Winehouse foundation but did you know he was inspired by his daughters generosity. She paid for the surgery of a man in St. Lucia who said “Her generosity gave me my life back” Among the charities that Amy donated her time, money and talent to include the following “Adopt A Minelfield”, “Anti Slavery International”, “Breast Cancer Campaign”, “CARE (relief agency)”, “Children of the Andes”, “Children’s Medical Research Institute”, “Christian Children’s Fund”, “City at Peace”, “Comic Relief”, “Great Ormond Street Hospital”, “Greenpeace”, “Healthlink Worldwide”, “Hear the World”, “Heifer International”, “Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen”, “The Red Cross”, “LIFEbeat”, “Lifeline and rape crisis PMB”, “Opportunity International”, “Oxfam, rights and humanity”, “Save the Children”, “Save the Music Foundation”, “ST Jude Children’s Research Hospital”, “Teenage Cancer Trust”, “Christina Noble Children’s Foundations”, “Little Dreams Foundation”, “Lotus Outreach”, “Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund”, “UNHCR”, “UNICEF”, “V-Day”, “Water Aid” and “World Neighbours”. Alas this side of Amy was not as profitable to the papers as the photographs of her in varying states of disarray.
9. She was cool.
Sure it’s not high up on the list of attributes you look for in a role model but it certainly is a point that applies to Amy. She didn’t care about being the prettiest girl in the charts. She didn’t care about the headlines and drama that followed her around. She hung out in Camden with her friends, she drank in normal pubs and she just didn’t give a flying f*ck. She was immortalised by Banksy. That, my darlings, is cool.
10. She was Frank.
The first piece of Amy’s artistic brilliance was titled Frank and she could’t have picked a better title for her debut than this. It sums her up perfectly. Sure she was flawed, she had her issues, she had her weaknesses but she was always the first to point them out. She put them on display for the world to see, in her life in her music she laid herself bare to the world, instead of hiding behind a flurry of PR and spin. Her flaws were just a part of who she was. ‘You Know I’m No Good’ is a musical admission of this. It’s unspeakably brave and honest.
So you see my darlings these and so many more are the reasons I love and identify with dearest Amy. She is wonderful, she is brilliant and sadly she is gone. She will live on eternally through her music and her attitude. It is on days like today when things are a little tougher than they should be I look to Amy and draw strength from her brilliance. Sure there are other coping mechanisms but today this is the one that works for me.
Stay well my lovelies