So far as I can see Winehouse is not currently working, her talent is already being wasted.
I know, sad isn't it? That's why I said what I said about me being afraid that her bad habits will end up being the death of her and the squandering of a real talent. It's happened too many times before- I'm afraid I can see it coming with her. And that'd be a loss for music. She's an amazing interpreter - and in my opinion - one of a kind as far as her generation goes.
This will not happen to Stefani Germanotta, she is driven by a vision and is a workaholic.
I sincerely hope it doesn't. I wish her nothing but good health and success in her life. And I give her credit for having already kicked a drug problem (I've read that she says that she has).
But I don't have to like her particular type of music or voice or style for that to happen apparently - she's got legions of other fans.
But why does it have to mean that there's something wrong with me if I don't care for her music?
I've never particularly cottoned onto Jimmy Buffet either. Like his melodies sometimes, and I can't really say why - but I don't like his delivery. But then I do like Alan Jackson and Snoop Dogg...and I'm really starting to like Gorillaz...you know it's all personal taste. It has nothing to do with being old or not liking freedom of expression or having fun. It has to do with each person's individual ear.
And I do always give something a listen before I make up my mind.
I couldn't get through two videos by her - her musical sensibilities don't appeal to me and her movements seem robotic, mechanical and contrived.
But it's fine for other people to like her.
I wouldn't buy or download a lady gaga cd but I also wouldn't buy a taylor swift cd. It's like someone's saying, 'Oh, if you don't like this electronic, overtly sexual stuff that means you must like this teen-age puppy love angst-ridden wholesome virgin teen queen sort of stuff'.
'And if you don't like seeing sex on display - you must not like sex and you must be a puritan.'
Are those the only two options for young girls to choose from?
And now you get labeled just on your likes and dislikes? This is the new freedom of expression that Lady Gaga is ushering in ?
And as far as her pushing envelopes - oh please- she's slotting herself quite nicely into all the envelopes that have been pushed open by all the other women in music who've come before her.
Good for her - she's done the best with opportunity she's had. I would never take that away from her.
But would I enjoy spending time with her - probably not- I like looking at peoples' eyes and faces when I talk to them or when they're communicating with me, through music especially.
I thought the same thing about Jakob Dylan when I saw his interview the other day...I do love his voice - not the writer his father was/is (as far as I know Bob's still writing) but oh lord, does he have the better voice of the two. But he stood there in this lit studio talking to this guy wearing sunglasses. I wondered why about him too.