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Amy Winehouse: The Girl Who Was Lost, And Why To Rehab She Had To Go Go Go…

Posted in Partying With A Glitch or Two, The Joy Ride Ends with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by midnightradiostar

Amy Winehouse. A woman who’s voice is truly what I call ORIGINAL. Has anyone else heard as bluesy and jazzy a voice, with SO much emotion and a touch of drunken valour? She sounds like she’s been through alot and his now singing her heart out, pouring her emotions and anger into every piece she writes, which I found very true of her second studio album [My personal favorite] 2006′s ‘Back To Black‘. She mixes Jazz, Rock n Roll, Ska and Soul to create her very own bit of funk. :P

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For example the song, ‘Love Is A Losing Game’…. How much truth does the title itself impose?? In the song Winehouse explores the dangers of ‘gambling’ but here of course she means that love is the game that you play. She says that ‘love is a losing hand’ and she does not blame the man for leaving her, and thus abandoning their relationship. [Its what I see in the song. Please feel free to interpret in your own way! :) ] Prince actually covered the song live, and had performed it WITH Amy.

Prince <3

Even the hit song ‘Rehab’ is about her experience with drugs. She begs that she is fine and does not need to go into rehabilitation. However drug and alcohol abuse have been constant problems in Winehouse’s life, which even led her to financial debt before the release of ‘Back To Black’ and the arrest of her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil. She has since then been involved in many arrests and stints on the red carpet and beyond for unacceptable behaviour. Such talent, and yet she is drugged out of her mind…. :/

Hmm…. Caption NOT needed.

I enjoy listening to Amy, because I think that her songs have real substance. They aren’t empty, yet they are simple; they describe situations. She takes on different personalities that are all in the end one entity: HER.

If you listen to ‘Back To Black’, the song, you drink deep into it because the narrator is simply explaining that he has left her for another woman, or tha he was having an affair with her, but then decides to go back to his wife. She [the narrator] is still in love with him and does not want to move on. She will go back to her dreary way of living before she met him. She will go ‘back to black’ and into the memories of the times she shared with him and live there. A broken soul pleads pity and love from the listener. Winehouse mangages to rip your heart out of your chest and then cradle it to herself, singing it a lullaby and then putting it to bed in a happy place. Sounds more like a description of a snort of cocain, but its true. Even her happier songs, like the lesser known ‘Valerie’ have a short zip of something that immediately relaxes you. Try giving them a listen. If you like Etta James, Lily Allen, Jamie Cullum, Macy Gray, Duffy, Norah Jones or other artists similar, you’ll definitely like Amy’s soft and slightly prose-like tone.

Jamie Cullum, one of my favorites! :)

Norah Jones

Duffy

I’m a big fan of R&B. I feel Amy Winehouse has been one of the BIGGEST contributers to this aspect of music, and should be wholly appreciated for it. Her personal life has become to much of an interferance to her career and she has let herself become a carnival of scandals for the paparazzi.

Amy and the paps. :/

Somewhere in all that madness, she lost who she was. She lost her physical and mental state of health, leading to fights with her family and her husband, divorce, depression, drugs and then finally, REHAB. She ruined herself physically, and almost lost her life in early 2008 because of drug abuse. If I had so many Grammy wins [she has five] and that much fame and fortune and the voice to boot [this is where Miley Cyrus goes wrong] I wouldn’t want to risk it all the way Amy did. I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t just throw it all away. Would you? For that momentary bliss when you take a drug?

Look at her transformations over the years. Keep in mind that today, she is still only 26 years old.

Amy in school.

What the drugs did.

Really makes you wonder, doesnt it?

:: Beats for thought::

The music vid for ‘Rehab’ –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LTPRJqt2z4

The music vid for ‘Back To Black’—> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1evzhSast8

The live music vid for ‘Love Is A Losing Game’. You’ll see how drugged she is in this vid :(

—> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW9DujSRd-Y

Psychotically signing off… <3

‘I Don’t Love You’ by My Chemical Romance and How It Stole My Heart

Posted in HeartSONGS For the Soul, Lotsa Love and a Bit of Tears with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by midnightradiostar
Hey guys!!
I’m sorry my posts keep getting delayed, but there really is nothing I can do about it, except get better and better at writing them, every time I DO write one! Anyway, this time around, I’ve got you a band very close to my heart [the band that inspired my manic thrill for music] the one and only mY ChEmIcAl rOmaNcE with their song ‘I Don’t Love You’.
Song’s Album Art

To get the drift-

“I Don’t Love You” is the sixth track from My Chemical Romance’s third studio album, The Black Parade and is the tenth overall single from the band. It was released April 2, 2007, to the UK., following “Welcome to the Black Parade” and “Famous Last Words”, both of which were AWSOME hits for the band.
While the band was touring, they began to record using the bus’s recording unit. “I Don’t Love You” was one of the only songs to be used on the second-to-last album from the tour bus jam sessions. Ray Toro and Gerard Way can be seen playing an early version of the song from the tour bus sessions on the 2006 DVD Life on the Murder Scene at about 1:57:13 on the first disc.
The song has MANY interpretations to it, and I’ll let you know mine;

The Band Again.
Deeper into it:
The song is a ballad, i.e.; it has a storyline to it. Now, many people have racked their already fried brains trying to figure out what exactly lead singer Gerard Way is trying to say through the heartbreaking and gut-wrenching emotions that line his voice throughout the song, but there have only been a few theories which stand out.
Gerard Way, frontman, MCR.

One: The song is about domestic abuse. The lyrics are said from a woman’s POV, and she has suffered long and hard at the hands for her husband who beats here every day and then comes and apologizes for it, “Sometimes I cry so hard from pleading/ So sick and tired of all the needless beating” She basically says that she’s had enough and that he should just leave and then while leaving, confess to his crap and “have the guts to say,/ ‘I don’t love you like I did yesterday’.”

The Couple
The second one is along similar lines, but the story is that the husband is a boxer and the wife does not want him to continue with his career because it is simply ruining their lives as a couple because she feels he does not love her as much as he did before the height of his career. She’s emphasizing that to ear a living he has to go through getting beaten up every day “Another dollar’s just another blow” and he owes people money and ‘blood’ every time he loses a fight, “Well after all the blood that you still owe”. She cant stand to see him put himself through this, so she’s saying that if he wants to continue, she would rather he leave, “Take your gloves and get out” and while leaving prove that she was right about him by saying, “I don’t love you like I did yesterday”.

OR The third version is directly linking it to the album’s theme of ‘The Patient’ who is the character all the songs are based on in ‘The Black Parade’ [To understand this, check THIS out!! ^^- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_kZb2zwQy0] The patient is angry at his lover for deserting him in his time of need, and he never wants to see her again, even though he is dying.

The Gloves
A photograph of boxing gloves next to the song’s lyrics in the DVD version of the album, does a lot to prove that the second theory may be right. HOWEVER, I DO want YOUR interpretations of the song once you’ve listened to it, because it would give me great threshold into the world of this mysterious little ballad. :) Whoo! We should just call Gerard and ask him!! <3

The music video was directed by Marc Webb who also directed three previous My Chemical Romance music videos, from their Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge album. Webb was chosen instead of Sam Bayer who directed “Welcome to the Black Parade” and “Famous Last Words” from their third studio album The Black Parade. The music video is about two lovers in a strange abstract world, and the video seems to tell the story of how their love quickly withers away until one leaves the other alone The video is in a color format, most likely to simulate more contrast between the two lovers. It is really a bizarre video for the song and I felt they could have done more with it, given the intense storyline of the song.

What I think:
Well, I’ve GOT to tell you guys this- It’s the most played song on my iPod. The very first time I heard it, it struck a chord deeeeeep within me, like no other song ever has. Way’s voice completely takes over my body every time I listen to the song and I let myself get immersed in its powerful guitar solos, [Courtesy, Ray Toro, lead guitarist of MCR] steady and heart-thumping drum beats and that oh-so-wonderful chorus of “I don’t love you like I loved you yesterday”! Ah, my very soul sings. I think every one who has been in a relationship that has ended badly will understand what the song is getting at. I think the overall message of being committed to the one you love runs strong and clear with the exploding guitar [see the video to get my drift! :)] My favourite part is the guitar solo in the song from 2:44 to 3:05 [in the video version] VERY tragic-sounding with the guitar SCREAMING the narrator’s pleading and pain into your heart…
The video was not really my cup of tea, but needless to say, Frank Iero [The guitarist with the emo hair and tattoo of the scorpion on his neck] is seriously worth looking out for! ;)
I give it a four out of five and four <3 <3 <3 <3’s for the storyline and the message and of course, Gerard Way’s KILLER vocals.

A clip from the vid
What other critics said:
The song nabbed a positive 4/5 star review from music site Pitchfork Media, who claimed: “..it’s the band’s first proper power ballad and, well, they should definitely think about writing dozens more.” :D
That’s all I found because their seem to be very few reviews done on it as it not one of the more famous songs of MCR. :(
“I Don’t Love You” debuted at #65 on the UK Singles Chart on downloads alone on March 25, 2007. It climbed to number #35, still on downloads alone the next week, on April 1, 2007. It rose to #13 in its physical release.
On May 24, 2007, “I Don’t Love You” debuted at #3 on the Galgalatz Israel Top 20.
The Band

Anyway, that’s it for me. :D Hope you liked the song and my review. REMEMBER, I want your theories on what the song could mean. Just sum it up in a sentence or two in my comment box, down below. :)
MCR really do take my breath away, especially cause this is one of their less…. VIOLENT songs.^^
If you want to see the video and hear the song, here’s a YouTube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYktjbSZ51k

Hope you like it. Have fun!! ^^ <3

NEXT TIME–> ‘Empire State Of Mind’ by Jay-Z, feat. Alecia Keys… :)

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