Significant Songs (198)

Love Is A Losing Game

If she had lived, Amy Winehouse would have been 35 years old on the 14th of September. I missed the actual day, but still wanted to feature a tribute to her talent to mark the occasion. She died in 2011, after a long period of problems with drugs and alcohol. Her promising career began with the release of the album ‘Frank’, in 2003. But the second album, ‘Back To Black’ launched her into international stardom. She specialised in sad songs about failed relationships, so I thought one of those might be appropriate.

31 thoughts on “Significant Songs (198)

  1. A great voice, a great song. Have you seen the 2015 documentary film ‘Amy’, Pete? It really is something special. You would find it interesting if you’re a fan of Amy and her voice.

    As you say in the comments, her public life did alienate people, unfortunately. This documentary thankfully really opened my eyes to the true struggles and difficulties she faced in her agonisingly public life. She really did not deal too well with being in the limelight, and with the influences of the men in her life.

    I wish she had been able to remain in the small jazz clubs she initially thrived in, but then not as many people would have been graced with her wonderful voice.

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    1. Thanks, FC. I always hoped she would play The Jazz cafe in Camden, one of my favourite venues, and close to where I lived. But I only ever got to see her live once, early in her career, at an open-air concert in Penshurst Place, Sussex. I was bought the DVD as a gift, and still haven’t watched it. But it rests three feet behind me as I type, and will be enjoyed one day, I’m sure. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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          1. It is incredibly emotional to watch. It had me in tears. It’s a real intimate look at her life, with lots of personal footage and photos. Now I get quite agitated when I see or hear people having shit or negative things to say about her. It’s a big thing with celebs in the limelight, people view them as just an object of entertainment, like a hologram, and fail to try and understand the struggles they may be facing internally.

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    1. So many similar examples, Eddy. Singers, film stars, usually ordinary young people, unable to cope with the pressure, or as in Amy’s case, used and abused by callous people.
      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. Thanks for reading, and leaving your welcome comment. So many talented people seem to be ruined by fame, and taken before their time. It’s a long list, sadly.
      And thanks for following my blog, which is appreciated.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Wonderful artist. Her interpretation was stellar. The last few live performances by her that I saw on television were so sad and disturbing. I was afraid for her. I had a terrible feeling–as everyone did–that she was going to be around much longer. Sadly she wasn’t.

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    1. I saw her at the very start of her career, at an open-air concert supporting Kool and The Gang, and The Isley Brothers. She was shy and retiring, but delivered a great vocal performance. Years later, I lived just three streets away from her in Camden, so saw her all the time, maybe twice a week. Emaciated, drunk, tottering around accompanied by two huge bodyguards. If ever a girl was destroyed by picking the wrong guy to fall in love with, it was her.
      Thanks, Pam.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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