New Year's Day I posted an excerpt of an entry from Amy Winehouse’s diary circa 2001 to Ego Collatis Viribus.
The journal was found in North London and captured with almost childlike enthusiasm Winehouse's goals and entertainment aspirations. Inspired, I penciled A F F I R M A T I O N in a personal journal; scribbling down Amy's 17 year-old mantra "Live like the bombshell I really am."
The talented British Soul Songstress will no longer consult her teenage motivations during times of vulnerability. British police say the singer was found dead at her home in London today, Saturday, July 23, 2011. (Washington Post)
At this early stage the cause of death is being treated as unexplained. Winehouse's history with hard-drugs and heavy alcohol abuse have been speculated to be primary causes.
"It sounds like such a wank thing to say, but I need to get some headaches goin' to write about."
The powerful contralto was 27 at the date of her untimely passing. Coincidentally the same age legendary musical greats Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison lost their lives to an ultimately unsustainable lifestyle.
Unbridled creativity at times dwells in the deepest foils of our consciousness and indulging it to bolster talent is necessary when creating and evoking ingenuity. Unfortunately Hendrix, Joplin, and the late Winehouse regularly augmented their introspects with mind-altering substances in the form of excessive drugs and alcohol.
The capricious combination of exorbitant internal and external indulgence evolves into the breakdown of stability as it relates to the mind and body.
Amy Winehouse's legacy includes two studio albums Frank and Back to Black deemed as classics, particularly as a testament to her soulful and jazz-infused vocal talent and emotive songwriting. Global Grind reports that her third studio album is finished; release was contingent on the singer's recovery and rehabilitation.
This is a time of mourning for Winehouse's family, friends, and fans. A terrible loss to music.