Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

There isn’t much to say about Amy Winehouse that hasn’t already been said. She was a magnificent talent with an incredible voice that launched a renewal of interest in classic R&B and soul, her short career marred by addiction and personal troubles. Though Amy Winehouse passed away just this weekend, we had already lost this brilliant woman some time ago. She joins the so-called “27 Club” having given only a fraction of the potential she had to offer to the music world.

As my personal statement to this tragedy, I would encourage anyone to try to understand the factors at work here and not put too much blame on her for what had happened. Despite the insensitive “rehab” jokes that many seem quick to offer, Winehouse sought treatment at rehabilitation clinics several times – though ultimately succumbing to her addictions. Drug addiction is a disease, not a choice, that claims many people every year.

May she rest in peace, wherever she is, and be able to leave the demons that she never could escape. For us here on Earth, we can honor her memory by keeping the music alive and giving more attention to a widespread, but often neglected, disease.