Last night I will fully admit that the number one reason I watched the Grammy’s was not for the awards nor for the various artist that would appear but solely for Amy Winehouse.
I watched it to see if first she would actually show up at the Venue in London to play her set and secondly if she would be any good.
She shocked and surprised me on both fronts. She showed up looking semi with it and she was simply amazing in her ability to sing and perform.
I have what you could call a love/hate thing with Amy Winehouse. I hate her for what she is doing and putting herself through. For what she currently represents and for not being able to recognize, until recently, what a train-wreck her life currently is.
I love her for the fact that the voice that comes out of that tiny 24 year old is a old souls voice. It is a voice that raises the hairs on my arms and makes me love the fact that she is not in the mold of bubble gum manufactured crap pop music.
I love her for the fact that she sings about her life and by doing so puts herself out there on a limb warts and all. Now weather she does out of artistic genius or because of her own self destructiveness I do not know. I just know I love it.
I thought she was incredibly brave to go ahead and sing her 2 songs last night ” I told you I was Trouble” ( damn she is trouble in every sense of the word) and Rehab ( although she sings no no no she has been in it and good on her)
She was rocky to begin with when she opened with ” I told you I was Trouble” but when she got in to the sing of Rehab there was a glint and a cheekiness in her eye that proved to me for at least that moment she was of clear mind and as clean as someone like Amy at this point can be clean. She had the guts to get up there in-front of what was effectively the world and sing Rehab.
I have to give the Grammys credit for giving her the awards she received and in my eyes rightly deserved. I have been reading the various ” American” news sites today and the comments made on the articles about Ms Winehouse and I have to say what a bunch of fools. They award these Grammys not for being a good person or a productive member of society but for good music. They award them for producing music that could possibly be timeless and in my eyes that is exactly what her music has the potential to be…timeless.
So I can only hope for the sake of Amy Winehouse that she sorts herself out personally and cleans up as I believe if she does this girl has a career in the music industry that can only be described as history making and with the word longevity. If she does not sort herself out she will go down in history as the dead girl who had the potential to change the music industry and world with her old soul music mixed with a new vibe sound and feel.
So I say congratulations to her and I wish her nothing but health and future success in her already amazing yet tarnished music career…scary that she is only 24 years of age