Saturday, July 23, 2011

Good-bye Amy Winehouse

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Photo by Daniel Arnold (Wikimedia Commons)
I was very sad to learn of the passing of Amy Winehouse today. She was singularly talented. The first time I heard Amy, I didn't know it was her -- I was at a friend's home and her "Back to Black" album came up on his stereo. I was stunned by how good she sounded and asked who she was. I sought out her albums soon afterwards. The more I listened, the more I was taken with her music: lyrics filled with raw honesty, sadness, anger, and humor, coupled with irresistible bass lines, ensembles of funky retro horns, and always, above all else, that extraordinarily soulful voice.

We'll miss you, Amy.

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