I spent some time on Tuesday night watching an interview on CNN with Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch. I have two daughters, so it was painful for me to watch some of his reactions and strife at losing his daughter, Amy, a well-known singer. Amy was found dead in her London home on July 23.
It seems now for me because of having children, when one father hurts I share the pain. I had commented earlier that I didn’t think Amy would be remembered in the category of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, but after watching video clips of her and her abilities, I may be wrong. There is no doubt, Amy had boundless potential for future if she could have eliminated the drug problem. It seems her death is most likely related to the months of addiction and damage it did to her body and organs, so without her abusing drugs, it’s likely she would still be alive and well in the music industry.
Mitch Winehouse has established the Amy Winehouse Foundation in the United States and purpose is to support organizations that help young people who are vulnerable, including those with addictions.
If you haven’t seen a video duet of Amy and Tony Bennett of a song called “Body And Soul,” I encourage you to do so. I think you will be captivated by Amy’s talent with the legendary crooner Bennett if you see the video.
The video of the two together also made me feel some sorrow. Watching the video you think of Amy as a sweet, beautiful young lady, not someone who had been afflicted by drug addictions. Thankfully, she was not found with drugs in her system, quite a surprise to many.
For those young people who are contemplating using or experimenting with drugs, I hope they will use the example of Winehouse to avoid that. In my younger era, we had Len Bias, the former University of Maryland basketball player’s death, to look at as an example. Bias died of a cocaine overdose, just before starting his career in the National Basketball Association.
I also hope citizens will support the new Amy Winehouse Foundation. I think the mission behind it is positive and hopefully money raised for the foundation will help those young people with troubles, including drug addiction. I also commend her father for his work with it and hope the foundation can be a place where he puts some of his grief into positive results for other younger people.
Age 27 is too young for someone to die, but I am hoping in the end, Amy Winehouse’s death might help some others struggling with addictions. Nothing bothers me more than to see people with such talent die long before they should. From now on, I will include her when we talk of the others, Morrison, Hendrix and Cobain, because I don’t think she was far behind them in terms of ability.
We have to continue to educate the younger generations of the pitfalls of abusing alcohol and drugs and hope that we steer many the right way for the future.