On the first anniversary of his daughter’s death, Mitch Winehouse has written an open letter to Amy Winehouse. Heartfelt and reflective, it’s a tribute to Amy’s talent, her love for music, and the impact she left on her father. It’s a bittersweet piece. Read a few quotes below.
My mother passed her love of music on to me and I passed it on to Amy. It formed a big part of my relationship with Amy and was as important to her as it was to me. Amy always surrounded herself with music, even during her darkest times…All of her lyrics were so well-observed, so pertinent, so clever…
She was most proud of Stronger than Me, You Know I’m No Good and Rehab because of the Ivor Novello Awards she won for them. Amy wasn’t big on awards generally, but the Ivors were different. The Ivor Novello Awards are judged and presented by the writing community for outstanding songwriting and composing, not for singing well or selling millions of albums. As Amy told me many a time: “The Ivors are awarded by people who know what’s what about songs and stuff.” They meant the world to Amy.
Sometimes listening to Amy’s music helps me; sometimes it makes me feel more sad. I miss Amy more than I can say.
Mitch’s complete letter can be found at the Huffington Post. It’s hard to believe it has been a year already, but inspiring to read a piece that both mourns and celebrates a talented artist and her music. It’s clear Mitch loved his daughter dearly.