“When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call”, he begins. Brand is no stranger to addiction himself and, having been a friend of Winehouse, offers an earnest tribute to the singer.
Brand eloquently tells of the first time he saw her perform (with Paul Weller’s band): “I arrived late and as I made my way to the audience through the plastic smiles and plastic cups I heard the rolling, wondrous resonance of a female vocal. Entering the space I saw Amy on stage with Weller and his band; and then the awe. The awe that envelops when witnessing a genius. From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine.”
That Winehouse was a genius is beyond question. But too often the public ignored the talent, to concentrate on the addict’s antics. “Amy increasingly became defined by her addiction. Our media though is more interested in tragedy than talent, so the ink began to defect from praising her gift to chronicling her downfall.”
A sad and probably unnecessary end to an ethereal talent. RIP Amy Winehouse.
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