Back to Black: A dedication to Amy Winehouse
Today, I was going along with my normal day-to-day business – doing errands, getting ready for one of my new students -and then came the phone call from Geri announcing: “Amy Winehouse has died”. I stared back at my iPhone feeling dumfounded. Amy Winehouse is dead? This could not be true, so I went online, straight to the daily mail website and found the bold caption confirming the news that the singer had passed.
In our lifetimes, we see many icons, stars that have that aura of magic that makes them standout – they possess the X-factor! (I do dispute the “over-use” of the former expression in modern day media, where like the word diva, it become meaningless) What made Amy Winehouse special was how she could reach into her soul, find her inner “voice” and project her emotions out through her velvet, contralto voice. I found it quite saddening that I will not be hearing any more new songs from her, and I had been one of those people anticipating the new work since the release of her last album in 2006. I do remember that nice summer day, back in 2006 when I first discovered her music. I was in a HMV store in Birmingham city center, looking for a new album to play whilst I drive back to London. I remember saying to my younger sister, how I had a feeling that this was a good one. This proved to be correct; I loved her album and remember plugging her album to my friends.
I have been meaning to write an article entitled “back to black” for some time now, discussing the issue of how there are “raw”, deep, “dark”, honest emotions that we find difficult to release at times. This can be from trying to write or talk about the past – discussing a broken relationship to finding our true voice- not being afraid of being “true” to ourselves. Making that announcement one day, “I do not like accounting; don’t want to be an accountant anymore.” It can be amazing some of the conclusions that can be drawn. A life coach friend of mine once told me a story about a consultation that they had with a client, who promptly dumped their live-in boyfriend after the first session. (I did find the swift speed of this action “hilarious”) They decided to be true to themselves, end the relationship where they were not being appreciated; how they deserved better.
It is human nature to be scared of the unknown and sometimes hide from facts. But isn’t great to explore the truth, and when it comes out the sense of relief. It is therapeutic like the song “Back to black” by the late, great Amy Winehouse.