May 23, 2009
According to the latest news, Amy Winehouse has cancelled yet another show and is back in hospital. The singer, who won 5 Grammys in 2008, has not been able to perform most of her gigs so far this year – reportedly for health reasons.
Is she heading down the same road as Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon (Who), Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) and so many others who died of drug/alcohol abuse?
What is it that makes musicians reach for the bottle and/or drugs? Do “troubled” musicians make the best music? Is Amy going to be one of those iconic figures who died too young?
April 27, 2009
Since April 11, much has been said about Susan Boyle, a Scottish singer and church volunteer who came to public attention after participating of the first episode of Britain’s got a talent. Click here to see the video.
Before she sang, both the audience and the judges appeared to express scepticism based on her unpolished appearance. In contrast, her vocal performance was so well received that she has been dubbed “The Woman Who Shut Up Simon Cowell.
Notwithstanding, some people say that she has become such a sensation in the world of music because of her appearance. On an interview to the Washington Post, Susan said that:
“Modern society is too quick to judge people on their appearances. […] There is not much you can do about it; it is the way they think; it is the way they are. But maybe this could teach them a lesson, or set an example.”
To sum up, there is a question which needs an answer: Is it really important to be fashionable in order to be famous? What is more important: talent or style?