We were at a barbeque on Saturday afternoon when the sad news about AmyWinehouses death filtered through to us and although in some ways her demise was inevitable there was the genuine shock which happens when a public figure passes away unexpectedly.
Conversation touched upon how Amy Winehouse died at the optimum age for rock star legend joining the like of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain who had all died at the age of twenty seven and how it was a tragic waste of a major talent. The acoustic duo we had booked played Valerie in tribute.
I recalled how several years ago two members of the LMM team had come into the office one morning raving about the young singer they had seen and spoken to the evening before.
In the corner of the Cobden Club there was an ordinary looking young girl sat on a bar stool. She sat singing Jazz cover versions with the a voice which astounded my work colleagues . They were full of praise for the jazz phrasing and the outstanding talent. They said “Her names Amy Winehouse and apparently she told us that she has a record deal….we’d better look out for that one…..what an amazing girl.”
I thought long and hard about whether to write about Amys sad death but I couldn’t get that story out of my head all weekend and wanted to share it.
Rest in Peace.