Let me start out by saying that I am a huge fan of Amy Winehouse’s music. I absolutely love her style and feel that in the world of today’s music, it is very unique.
What is not unique is Amy Winehouse’s addiction problems. She has been on a downward spiral for a long time which included an attempt to enter a rehab facility in August of 2007. That attempt at recovery lasted about three days and obviously had no lasting effect. So will January 24th’s check in to rehab be any different than the last?
Since Amy Winehouse is in the public eye we’ve all gotten to watch the train wreck of her addiction. The most recent, and in my opinion the most disturbing, example of this was a video posted by a British tabloid called The Sun. This video showed Amy Winehouse smoking crack on film.
It was upon the release of this video that my friend TDA wrote an article called The Alcoholic Playbook: The Two Minute Drill in which he was right on the mark about where Amy Winehouse was in terms of her addictive downward spiral.
That article and the decision made by Amy Winehouse the very day after it was written shows that her addiction is not unique. Sure, it’s out there for the world to see but that doesn’t change much about it. It seems that it still needs to follow the same progression and end up at the same place…the bottom.
What is kind of disturbing to me is seeing articles written which pose the question of whether or not Amy Winehouse will be as creative or soulful once she is no longer living the struggle of active addiction. I guess these statements are made by those who have never been at their absolute bottom in life and have had to struggle back up.
That, folks, takes creativity. That is truly a life struggle. And it is that, if Amy Winehouse makes it back up, which will ensure true soulfulness in her music. I for one am really hoping that she has finally reached that breaking point which will allow a moment of clarity. In that moment she will be able to step back and look at her life and see that it’s insanity. Good luck Amy.