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The Reality of Amy

This week in 2007 Amy Winehouse was No. 1 with her enormous album ‘Back to Black’ which brings such bittersweet memories of this girl who was stolen from the world. Reflecting back on her documentary it makes you want to kick that shit in the head.

Took in the Amy Winehouse documentary this weekend and was blown away by the depth of her voice and it rattles you to your bones to know that it comes from somewhere ultimately divine. So many beautiful pictures of her in living colour adorning the costume she wore but yet unsettling to see the physical contradiction as she changed from a healthy full of life teenager, to a scrawny bulimic body with breasts paid for with her Hidden Treasures from Back to Black.

It saddens the soul to watch a life crumble at the hands of instant gratification and a circle of people who did not care enough to say ‘No, I will not sit and watch you kill yourself.’  

Amy was born full of life and ready to challenge the world. She possessed a vibrant personality that drew the people around her in and made them feel special in her presence, herself becoming as a sacrificial lamb when her addictive personality began to swim in a sea of money. There also lurked those feeding off of her and unfortunately in those shallow murky waters one is not able to see clearly. She loved Blake Fielder and he loved her money and it’s a disturbing piece of the puzzle in Amy’s life.

Usually the right thing and the hardest thing are the same thing and Amy’s father had the capability to shut this business down and protect his daughter allowing her a safe harbour to get clean, healthy and strong. In the end she may have still chosen her outcome, but at least she would of had a fighting chance to win this battle.

A pivotal moment for thought occurred during a clear spell, when Amy won her grammy and confided to her friend ‘this is just no fun without the drugs.’ How sad to be experiencing the biggest moments of your life thus far, yet unable to feel anything. What does this do to a body and soul and why does anyone ever choose to go down that road when it steals so much from you rendering you null and void of all the beautiful things going on around you.

At times it makes you frustrated to think that while everyone else is checking out the rest of us are left to see, feel and live the realities of life. We are not any different than any one else, except for the fact that we deal with it. 

 Life can punch you pretty damn hard and it has the ability to bend us but we must not give it the power to break us. The truth is you can not get around what you’ve got to go through. No one said life was easy but anything worth keeping is worth working for. Keep your eyes clear and let the body be filled with light and keep going until you find your way home.

 

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Happy New Year

Bringing in the new year, hearts filled with inspiration, motivation; many exciting projects on the go and the near horizon.

We begin with ‘Love Yourself More’ a music documentary focusing on the ‘women behind the men of rock & roll’. The first in our ‘Women Strong’ series, understanding that behind every successful man stands a strong woman, we want to celebrate them all.

Fresh Independence along with our international correspondents will bring you stories written from the heart, music that ignites the soul, pictures from around our worlds and fashion look books that will imprint on your life & style.

Stay with us this 2016 and be inspired to do what you love – love what you do & always dare to dream.

Happy New Year!  xo

 

 

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‘I Was A Stoner & He Was the Cowboy’ – Songwriter Jimmy Webb Remembers Glen Campbell

Today in 1968 Glen Campbell started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wichita Lineman.’ American Songwriter Jimmy Webb’s inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silhouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. Webb then “put himself atop that pole and put that phone in his hand” as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver.

Correspondent Bill Nutt spoke with Jimmy Webb as he payed homage to his amazing journey with Glen Campbell.

Jimmy Webb remembers the first time he met Glen Campbell. It was not an auspicious moment.

In 1967, Webb was in the early years of his career as songwriter. He had been a fan of Campbell, and he further appreciated the fact that Campbell’s version of his song “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” was a hit on the country charts.

So Webb went to a recording studio to meet Campbell.

“I had long hair, and I wore a vest and a pair of jeans I never took off. I was in my hippie stage,” Webb says.

Campbell was fiddling with a guitar and amp, apparently paying no attention whatsoever to his visitor. “Finally, I said, ‘Mr. Campbell, I’m Jimmy Webb.’ He looked up at me and said, ‘When are you gonna get a haircut?’ ”

Now Webb laughs at the meeting. “He was a straight shooter, clean-cut,” he says. “I was a stoner. I was the mad professor, and he was the cowboy.”

From that unlikely mixture, however, came a fruitful collaboration and a deep friendship. Campbell ended up recording over 100 Webb compositions, including acclaimed versions of “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston.” The rapport that blossomed between the two men arose from similarities that overcame any differences, according to Webb. He points out that he was born in Oklahoma, while Campbell was a native of Arkansas.

“We came from dead identical backgrounds, very poor in adjoining states, and from a fecund mix of church music, country, and a lot of family singing. We brought that common origin story. I’ve been accused of writing melodies that are rangy. My songs modulate; they start in one key and end in another. Glen had the ability to sing what I wrote, and not everybody can. It’s past time to go back and look at Glen’s contribution’s to music, which have been sadly overlooked. 50 years of friendship and partnership. There was a lot of love on both sides that resulted in unsurpassable pop music. Glen and I touched the sky a couple of times.”

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The Ties That Bind

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen’s 1980 album The River catapulted him to arena status and now a making-of documentary about that record is coming to HBO. Named for the LP’s lead track, ‘The Ties That Bind’ will premiere November 27.

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