Camden Lights: No Ordinary Life


Taken from us one drink at a time, killed by demons that ate her life, she leaves the world stunned and bewildered by her exit. Her haunting insistent and sometimes vibrant talent posed questions and offered views of life which she herself couldn’t answer or control. But in her brief journey, disconnected from the public love which surrounded her she raised a flag for a generation still discovering themselves. Her’s seemed an existence blessed with an expression beyond the hopes of most, which proved a burden and responsibility too hard to bear: there was no escape.

The loss and the waste affect us all. That someone so young should be crushed by the fame she deserved and which so many seek. Unlike many she was great despite herself. To hear her sing was to recognise the presence of something from another age, or no age like ours. Many find fame by design, plot their period in the limelight and eek out their meagre gifts in the search for immortality. We are surrounded by competent abilities played to percentages.

Most of us peddle our limited abilities up the hill of life. She found herself strapped to a rocket of unique unquestioned brilliance and the journey exhausted her.She sought those burdened like herself, whose imbalance and search for oblivion teased out her own demons and weaknesses till they destroyed her. Only feeling at home with the troubled she let their common problems consume her, so that those who truly loved her as a person, not an icon, could only wring their hands and watch helplessly as she destroyed herself

We will miss her reckless brilliance. Her music lives on but the brief firework of expression, which dazzled those who saw it has gone. The room of life in which we dwell, seems somehow emptier for her passing.

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17 Responses to Camden Lights: No Ordinary Life

  1. Cyberian says:

    The room of life does seem emptier. I liked “the brief firework of expression”. R.I.P.

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  2. Very well said! Such a waste!

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  3. Caroline says:

    Beautifully put. Thank you for expressing and describing her so well

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  4. Miss Emm says:

    I love the way you play with words. You can make a simple word or even a phrase yield to your needs. Very well written.

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  5. backonmyown says:

    RIP, Amy. You enriched our lives. Thanks for writing this, CD. Beautifully done.

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  6. Barbara says:

    So beautifully written. I think we all saw this coming but it doesn’t make the loss any less sad. I, personally, can’t imagine living in the fish bowl of celebrity we see today. It has to feel like being stalked 24/7. She will live on as Janis has but, as with Janis, I will always wonder what her music would be like all these years later.
    RIP.

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  7. lifereconnected says:

    This is such a great piece, beautifully expressed. You have caught the mood and aspects of the young woman herself as well as the feeling of it being a waste of such a young and talented life. It is just so hard to make sense of especially in the wake of the stolen lives in Norway. All so sad but as I say you have put into words what I for one couldn’t so, thank you.

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  8. Your sensitivity is overwhelming. I don’t think she’ll get a finer eulogy.

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  9. redheadmouth says:

    Beautiful writing.

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  10. Your stories always take me to another land and always keep my mind off of the stress of the day. You should definitely write a novel one day

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  11. Shonnie says:

    Duckie my dear,

    You have such a way with words. I loved your opening … so very moving. Her life was a heartbreaking waste. Oh to be able to say one word to such a troubled soul to relieve the torment. Sometimes there comes tormenting demonds with such unbridled talent. Almost as if as you said, such talent is too heavy a weight to bear.

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  12. Shonnie says:

    **demons** english really isn’t my first language. hehehe

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  13. Jillsy Girl says:

    beautiful tribute….

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  14. eof737 says:

    Yes, we will miss her indeed. She was brilliant ,our Amy Winehouse, yes she was. Beautiful tribute there. 🙂

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  15. –I agree. What a massive talent. What a loss.
    Fame cannot satisfy. Money cannot fill us.
    Amy Winehouse is the perfect example of that.
    I’m pleased she finally found her peace. x

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  16. CJ says:

    I feel that Amy’s outlet for her troubled life was her music and her lyrics. She had a very edgy attitude and was able to put her drama to great music. I immediately liked her vintage 60’s sound and her look the very first time I gave her a listen. But knowing that she seemed to be on “self-destruct” with her drug and alcohol problems, it really came as no big surprise when she was found dead. Somehow that hard living gave her more years than her actual age should have…and living that hard tends to take folks down well before their time. I hope now that she can be at peace, free from the demons which strangled her spirit and tortured her physically and mentally.
    Her legacy is that very unique voice, look, and overall artistic style not easily forgotten.

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