The sad news came in on Saturday that Amy Winehouse had passed away. Although not shocking due to her well documented long battle with drink and drugs it was a tragic end to a talented singer who just couldn’t seem to shake her demons.
It also means that Amy joins the group of big talents who met tragic ends – the Forever 27 club. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Brian Jones all met similar tragic ends at the age of 27. Amy was born in the same year as me 1983 but whilst I’ve celebrated my 28 birthday she and the others in this group never will.
I don’t think we’ll ever understand why so many lives have been cut so short or why people so blessed with talent seem to throw it all away on drugs and a life of reckless abandon. Sure we can blame the hangers on who encourage their party lifestyles or the drug dealers who supply their habits or the media who make sure they publicize every stumble but ultimately they made the choice to go down the path and refuse to get the help they needed.
Reports are coming in that Amy just gave up caring about herself and whether she would live or die. She even reportedly mentioned the Forever 27 club to those around her, feeling sure she would join it and actually thinking it would be better to go out at the height of her fame. She has ensured she will be remembered for her outstanding album “Back to Black” – which is already back up at no.1 over here – and maybe she will now finally find her peace.
***New playlist added on the Playlist page – work out mix***