The Loudmouth Protestant

October 24, 2007

Just One More…

Filed under: entertainment,music,Uncategorized — nickisym @ 9:53 pm
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Okay, since I’m on an Amy kick, here’s one more for the team. A cover from the Zuton’s “Valerie.”

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  1. I was just scrolling through your blog when I saw a post about Amy Winehouse. I have not really listened to much of her music, but I hear about her all the time. You noting all that she has been going through (at least what the media has shared with the world) is the reason I am responding.

    Last year I was in Ghana for 8 months, and when I came back I had not heard a lot of new music. Having been involved in the music industry for years, I went to visit a friend that works at a label shortly after my return. It was simply a visit to a friend, but I was given a bunch of new CDs. In the stack of CDs was the Amy Winehouse album “Back to Black”. Having heard such a buzz around her name, I was interested…until I read the song titles on the back of the album:

    “Rehab”, “Love is a Losing Game”, “Tears Dry on Their Own”, “Some Unholy War”, You Know I’m No Good”, “Wake Up Alone”, among others.

    Without even hearing the album, the immediate thought that came to me was ‘brokenness’. I chose not to listen to it at all.

    A few months later, when I heard about what she was going through, it was sad to hear, but not surprising.

    I remember KRS ONE’s song “The Emcee” where he says, “as an Emcee you will practice verbal magic / so watch what you say, ’cause you attract it”. I’m not advocating practicing ‘verbal magic'(lol), but there is something to that concept.

    The words that we speak are powerful. There are many insightful scriptures on the importance of watching what we say, controlling our tongue, and the effect that our words have. Proverbs 10:31, Proverbs 12:18, Proverbs 18:21, James 1:26, and James 3:5-8 are some key examples.

    Our words are seeds that lead to a harvest in our lives. Salvation even comes through the tongue: “confess with your tongue and believe in your heart…” (Romans 10:9).

    It may seem like common sense, but musicians are no different than any other person on the planet – their words have an impact on their realities. There is a saying that says, “Watch what you think, because what you think will become what you say. Watch what you say, because what you say will become what you do. Watch what you do, because what you do can become a habit. Watch your habits, because habits can shape your destiny. So if you want to change your destiny, begin with your thoughts”.

    With all of that said, I pray that Amy Winehouse finds healing and wholeness, and that all the weight she has been carrying (and even using to fuel her music) is lifted off of her.

    Comment by Chris — November 1, 2007 @ 12:55 am | Reply

  2. I appreciate that you have such great insight on this topic. My biggest prayer is that she can recover from this. I read something yesterday in the papers where her dad said that she is not nearly as bad as she used to be in regards to substance abuse and alcohol but that she is majorly suffering from bulimia. It breaks my heart, I know it isn’t surprising to many, but one of the reason–at least why I believe–all of this is happening to her is because she has had one too many people turn their backs on her, spit on her, call her ugly, talentless, etc, etc. It is not only her verbal magic, but the verbal magic of those she is around that isn’t helping her at all. The record execs that did too little too late for her because you know they bought into the concept of this hip Brit chick with a voice like a black girl that the states just aren’t ready for so let’s let her do a little more drugs and than we will stop her when she hits rock bottom. Why should we wait until someone hits rock bottom to start caring. This is one of the reasons why I think it important for someone to listen to her music and music from people of her ilks because it is in the music that you will hear the cries for help. Or at least to seriously pray for her. I wish it was possible to reach her because I honestly am scared that she will die before she ever experience God’s promise for her life.

    Comment by loudmouthprotestant — November 2, 2007 @ 12:25 am | Reply


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