This week I finally got to watch Amy, a documentary about the life of Amy Winehouse. It is composed of lots of short home video’s which really give you a good insight in her life. Although I am not a big fan of jazz I was touched deeply by her story. Her talent is incredible and she seemed very humble about it. She JUST wanted to make music, not necessarily be famous.

Having harmful people like her husband and father around her didn’t build up to a strong self confidence of course. Towards the end she seemed to be owned by the world and not capable of living her own life any longer. She started using drugs and alcohol as an escape and that together with her boulimia became fatal to her body.  At one point she even said she would have loved to give her talent back in return for being able to walk on the streets without being harassed all the time. That really summed  it up for me. The pain she must have gone through is unimaginable. Such a waste.

One of the songs that touched me most was this one:

Score: 8

♫ Taxiwars at Muziekgieterij Maastricht

When I was invited to a concert of Taxiwars, founded by Tom Barman of dEUS, I didn’t hesitate to confirm. Even though I knew it was jazz, I was confident I would still like it as I tend to like live jazz. Never ever listen to it at home though. But the largest part of the concert turned out to be the kind of nervous jazz that I really don’t like. It wasn’t until the end that Tom finally left his annoying voice transformer alone and showed us his real voice. Which was as always amazing. The last half hour was actually very nice. Next time I buy tickets for Tom, it will be for dEUS..