Today the world wasn’t shocked to learn that Amy Winehouse had died. Her troubles with alcohol and drugs had been very public and publicized for the past few years. While I, like so many others, had hoped that she would conquer her addiction and return to recording, anyone who’d followed her public appearances in the past year or two could see that such hope was becoming less and less likely.

Back to Black is an amazing album, and Winehouse’s talent will be remembered. She might even become this generation’s Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix. But it’s a terrible tragedy that this happened.

Her talent shines through in this live video of my favorite of her songs, “Love Is a Losing Game,” as does her pain and sadness:

Rest in peace Amy.

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