Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Playlist

The official trailer for Amy was released this week after the documentary premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The documentary by Asif Kapadia features unseen footage and unreleased/unheard music recorded by Amy Winehouse before her passing in 2011. The film is already getting a lot of buzz and as you could probably imagine, the release is not without controversy. Her family feels the portrayal of her rise to fame and subsequent fall is unbalanced. The film hits select theaters on July 3 and wide release is on July 10. You can read Variety's review here.

Despite the controversy, I will be in theaters watching Amy with what I suspect will be millions of other fans who loved (and still love) her music. I can remember the first time I heard Amy sing. I was in my car coming home from a bad date, listening to Pandora and this voice I'd never heard blared through the radio berating a man for being weak (Stronger Than Me). It made me laugh and more importantly, it made me want to hear more. I went home, hopped online and found Frank. I also realized I was late to the Amy game. There were tons of great songs on Frank but they didn't get much play in the U.S. I told all my friends about her music and tortured my neighbors by blasting it after long, stressful days at work (basically every day back then). Then Rehab dropped and suddenly, I heard her on the radio all the time. I got Back to Black as soon as it was released and it is still one of my favorite albums.

This week's playlist is a celebration of Amy's life and her music, I hope you enjoy it. Happy Friday and if you're here in the states, Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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