Monday, July 25, 2011

Morning Mail – 7.25.11

The man said 'why do you think you here'
I said 'I got no idea
I'm gonna, I'm gonna lose my baby
so I always keep a bottle near'
He said 'I just think you're depressed,
this me, yeah baby, and the rest'

They tried to make me go to rehab but I said 'no, no, no'
Yes I've been black but when I come back you'll know know know

I don't ever wanna drink again
I just ooh I just need a friend
I'm not gonna spend ten weeks
have everyone think I'm on the mend

It's not just my pride
It's just 'til these tears have dried
(Source: Rehab, Amy Winehouse)

What is it about the age 27? Is there really some large propensity for people to die at the age of 27, or have these artists just all decided to call it quits at the same age for some unspoken reason. Jimi, Janis, Jim Morrison, Robert Johnson, Kurt Cobain, and for a more complete list, read here:

I have never been more anxious to wisen up and get my ass to 28 before something goes wrong for the kid.

I’m going to come back to this in a second, but there is something about people drinking and being near water that always baffles me. Do you know how many African-Americans cannot swim? A recent study showed that somewhere between 60-70% of Black folk can’t swim. So over the weekend someone asks me, “How does someone drown in 3 feet of water?” And I said, “Easily, they were drunk.” I’m all for a few adult beverages by the pool, but as a former lifeguard let me just say that alcohol and water might mix, but drunk and water do not mix. Alcohol affects your balance, judgment, reflexes and respiratory system. Throw on top of all that the alarming percentages of Black people who can’t swim and I’ll never understand why Hennessy is at a pool party.

I didn’t really get who Amy Winehouse was for a long time, in fact it wasn’t until a friend of mine played Tears Dry On Their Own for me that I realized that she was very talented. I listened to just that song all the time. I didn’t really want to buy into the Amy fad, but with time, I found that Back In Black was on my iPod. Not just the regular version, but the instrumentals and a live version too. I came to appreciate Amy for her music, addiction and the way she came to grips with all of it.

Blake Fielder-Civil might have been more toxic than Pete Doherty was to Kate Moss. Blake is allegedly sober now, I’m happy he saved himself. Pete Doherty can’t convince anyone he’s sober, and Kate Moss can only breathe through one nostril now. So I guess that’s that.

This all brings me to my last point about music and drugs. I think that there’s two people that I want to highlight here before I move on, Frank Ocean and The Weeknd. With the exception of those who spend most of their time talking about marijuana all those other musicians who constantly talk about drugs are dead or have had serious problems. I hope that we don’t look up in a few years and say, “Damn Frank Ocean could have been great if he would have chilled on the cocaine.” To each his own, he’s more than free to do what he pleases, I just hope that don’t end up being the route he takes.


Lenore said...

Poor Amy, I think that bf of hers put her through a lot of shit and he was also her muse. She used that painful love to write her lyics. I also think he introduced her to drugs.

I don't think you have anything to worry about from being 27're cruising along just fine. Remember, you have to love yourself and I know you do.

Anonymous said...

Like everyone else I was hoping she would get herself together & record another album. I'm a huge fan, I get into these Amy trances where I will have her music on repeat literally 24/7.
Not only do I love jazz/blues but I am drawn to such artists who have so much baggage and are self-destructive, I can relate to it--alot. It reminds me that theyre human too. The best art, music, writing etc. comes from pain and suffering. It's strange, but I'm quite fascinated with musicians who die of such tragic deaths.
I didn't see this coming though.

TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld said...

Definitely find it interesting that cocaine seems to reemerging as the casual drug of choice for black entertainers. We'd gone away from that in the 90's and early 00's. I'm sure folks were still using it, but it just didn't seem to be something folks talked about often. Now, more and more you see rappers and other folks mentioning it as if it's in the same category of weed and alcohol. I agree, will be interesting to see where this all leads. Good post.

Tunde said...

you know what? i can't swim but i'm good for drinking pool side though. smh oh well.

also, i really hope frank ocean doesn't go down that road. dude is really talented.

Adonis said...

People who take drugs are enjoying themselves... I am sure that people go to interesting places when they are high

I am there when I am sleeping, eating & beating off...

Amy was wavy... And she enjoyed being famous & shit... and living a TuPac or Kelvin Martin (Original 50 Cent) life, it s better to live at 25 full of excitement

Than live to 75 and be a total stiff most of your life...

Death should be celebrated in my book... No watering eyes

Mia Anita said...

Just turned 27 ON June 27th and freaked out when I heard about all this 27 curse stuff...

R.I.P. Amy... I'm gonna DEFINITELY miss her talent!!!!