Sunday, July 24, 2011

One Time Too Many

   There are serious  consequences of taking life too seriously.  I have never heard the songs of Amy Winehouse but I know the screaming of her soul.  She has joined the "dead at 27 club" with the likes of Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin.  "You know you got to shoot it, it makes you feel good"!
   Being famous can be a tough business  All we really know of these people is our expectations of them.
They are always on stage and some see a perverse pleasure when they trip.  Living life in the extreme is a part of our expected view.  We would be disappointed if while off stage they became regular people, maybe even lived in a regular house and worked in a garden.
   There must be a cost in being a rock star. "Take another piece of my heart"!
   Yet ending life with drugs and alcohol is a common experience.  Amy gets the headlines but a thousand people over the world died yesterday from the same escape.  Too much of a good thing, too much living.  Extreme.  The cure found in drugs and alcohol dampens the devil but clouds the vision and suppresses the spirit.  Michael Jackson just wanted to sleep.
   Her record, "Back to Black" will sell like hotcakes now.  Now we want to know who she was but I suspect she never sang that song and we will never know.  Somewhere, inside, the little girl in pain.

3 comments:

Constance Stanza Extravaganza Extraordinaire said...

I don't believe it's only rock stars who suffer this fate, Jerry. It happened/s to many people who become the public's idols, from the prehistoric "Consort of the Mother Goddess as a sacrifice for the well-being of the tribe or community, to Osiris, Jesus, Nietzche's "Zarathustra", even Marilyn Munroe. I believe that there an inherent need in man to consistently destroy the gods and demi-gods that they create. This is just a personal observation as I am not an expert on Anthropology, Religion or Psychiatry, but history is littered with this pattern.

AutumnLeaves said...

You know how sad this has made me. It doesn't matter that this is or was a star. It would sadden me no matter who it is.

Kay said...

it may have been expected by the press and others but still shocking. I have enjoyed her music. Makes me sad that it is gone.