Monday, February 11, 2008

Time Out for Amy Winehouse


Had the Grammy Awards on in the background last night until Amy Winehouse appeared via London satellite broadcast. Zowie, was she worth watching . . . Won five awards for "Rehab" and Back to Black, which I first heard less than a year ago (released in the UK in 2006, in the US in 2007). First heard about her through music mavens, not radio play -- I rarely listen to FM radio anymore. Still blown away by three songs from the album: "You Know I'm No Good" (which was reinforced in the teasers for Mad Men), "Rehab," and "Back to Black." Instant classics right up there with Billie Holiday and Nina Simone standards. Hot damn, some excitement in new pop music! Am I dreaming? Hard to believe she's younger than Britney Spears . . .


With new albums, I tend to listen over and over to the songs that first grab me and only eventually get to the other tracks. Back in Black is strong all the way through, but I can't shake the powerhouse songs quite yet . . . Meanwhile, the jazzier Frank (released in the UK in 2003) was just released in the States last November. Strange how things happen like that with authors and musicians and artsits of all types . . .

Meanwhile, it's been colder than five hells in Detroit the last couple of days.

RIP to Roy Scheider (1932-2008). His acting tour de force: All That Jazz (1979).

Today's Rune: Fertility. Yesterday's: Flow.

Viva Amy Jade Winehouse!

7 comments:

lulu said...

She's got some pipes, huh?

We got the Grammys on Indian television last night. She's kind of creepy skinny now, but damn she's good.

Johnny Yen said...

Scheider was a phenomenal actor. He was great as Popeye Doyle's partner in The French Connection.

Bob Fosse, who Schneider was portraying in All That Jazz, grew up just a few blocks from where I live.

Charles Gramlich said...

Haven't heard anything by her, but maybe I'll check out youtube to see if these are any good.

Bubs said...

We were talking about her at work yesterday, and how difficult it is to reconcile her voice with how she looks and has been living lately. You want to grab the girl and shake her.

Sheila said...

She's younger than Britney?!?

Anonymous said...

What about Herbie Hancock and Joni? Their music is on a different level. Don't know Amy but hope she gets her life put together and does not slide down into the depths.

Lana Gramlich said...

Younger than Britney & already on crack. Sorry, but I think she's overrated.
I was saddened by the news of Scheider's demise. I'll never forget him jumping up when the shark shows itself in Jaws; "You're gonna need a bigger boat."