Amy Winehouse – A Fan’s Tribute

Amy Winehouse was a person who divided the opinion of many. Musically, she was a genius – few could say a negative word about her songwriting, musical and vocal abilities. As a person, she was troubled – I’m not going to start a debate or speculate about her lifestyle, because that’s not the Amy her fans knew. As a true Amy Winehouse fan, I saw something different through her music – a girl who was sensitive, tormented by things she felt couldn’t control and, above all, honest.

A few people have asked me whether I am going to do an Amy Winehouse tribute look on YouTube – the answer is no. I won’t judge those who do, but to me Amy was so much more than her image. It would feel wrong to me to ‘reduce’ her to a make up tutorial video as a tribute. This will be my tribute to her.

I was travelling into town with Tiz, in the car, when I heard of her death on the radio yesterday. As soon as the news interrupted the radio show, and the newsreader said ‘Amy Winehouse…’, I knew that something awful had happened. I’m not often speechless, but I had no words. All I could think was, “I hope they’ve got it wrong.”

Amy is someone that I have loved from the beginning – her debut album, Frank, made such an impact on me – I fell in love with her voice, and her sense of humour shone through her songs so boldly. I loved the way she sung about things that actually happened – arguments with her boyfriend, her amusement at seeing ‘wannabe WAGs’ on a night out, but most of all – her feelings about life, love and the world. When Back to Black was released, my utter adoration for Amy only grew. Since I was around 15, I have probably listened to Amy’s songs more than any other artist or band. I, like so many others around the world, feel like I know every note of them, and feel everything she so soulfully conveyed.

Although many, through the eyes of the media, saw Amy at her worst, I always saw something different. Yes, Amy undoubtedly had many troubles, and I could never condone the use of drugs. Many are anti-drugs because of modern ideals; I am anti-drugs because I have seen how it can rip someone so special apart. And now Amy has been added to that list of those who couldn’t be saved from their demons – this is, of course, assuming that drugs are what so tragically killed her.

I feel that I could write forever, echoing the thoughts of her true fans. I never knew Amy in person, but I felt so close to her through her music. I have often heard people say “they will live forever through their songs”, but have never truly felt that until now. I lay awake last night, hoping that this was all some kind of twisted film plot that we were witnessing unfold, and that soon the lights would go on and it would all be over. But the fact remains, Amy has gone. But she will never, and could never, be forgotten.

Amy Jade Winehouse

Amy Jade (Mermaid) Winehouse – 14th September 1983-23rd July 2011.

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12 Comments

  1. July 24, 2011 / 10:54 am

    That’s a really nice tribute to her =)
    I hope she will find hapiness, wherever she is.
    RIP Amy

  2. Daynah-Rose
    July 24, 2011 / 12:40 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute Chyaz.The people saying it was her fault make me sick its still loss of life and people should show her and the family some respect.x

  3. July 24, 2011 / 12:51 pm

    When I Saw that new, I started crying, cuz she was a wonderful singer and songwriter. I never care about her personal lifestyle.

  4. Vicki
    July 24, 2011 / 1:33 pm

    This tribute was so touching

  5. Sofie
    July 24, 2011 / 4:46 pm

    Touching tribute, I completely agree with you. Such a tradgic story. Rest in peace, Amy.

  6. July 24, 2011 / 8:09 pm

    You speak so much sense sweetheart.
    I think the exact same as you and I keep getting fed up with seeing people on my facebook refer to her as some mere crackhead and just forget that she was a human being with immense talent but tormenting troubles.
    Thank you so much for this post
    xxxx

  7. July 24, 2011 / 11:22 pm

    Ah, this is how I felt like when Michael Jackson had passed away, I also thought nooo this can’t be true and I’m glad you understand now what people mean when they say they will love through their songs. The King of Pop was like a legend to me and will always be like that, he was my first idol and I learnt to love music and dancing thanks to him 🙂 So I know how you feel right now, it’s sad when you lose a big idol of yours … Beautifully written, she had a great voice and great music indeed, may she rest in peace.

  8. July 24, 2011 / 11:23 pm

    love through their song=live through their songs I meant, lol 🙂

  9. Gloria
    July 25, 2011 / 11:05 am

    A beautiful tribute. :’)
    I was so shocked when I heard the news, I almost thought someone was playing a prank.

  10. Kait
    July 28, 2011 / 3:02 am

    Chyaz, u have such a way with words. She had much talent- and may her music live on with us. 🙂

  11. Abby
    August 4, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    That was a touching tribute Chyaz! I also loved and still love Amy, I was crying when I heard the tragic news, I was on holiday! I feel like a part of me has gone , even though I never knew her! RIP Amy , You will never ever be forgotten! Keep up your wonderful vidios Abbz xxxxxxxxxxx <3 <3

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