But her fans — including me — were always hopeful that somehow, some way, Winehouse would get her life together, record more amazing songs, make it through a performance or concert tour intact. But her demons were as strong and epic as her talent, and I can only hope that she has finally found the peace that always seemed to be out of her reach.
For those of you who know only of Winehouse as bee-hived and bad-behaving, give the following song a listen. I’ve posted two versions, the first a raw recording, the second from her Grammy-award winning “Back to Black.” Close your eyes and let Winehouse’s amazing vocals on “Love is a Losing Game” carry you away.
Then you’ll understand why — even though I am not a bit surprised — I am terribly saddened by the news of her death.