Of all places to discover that this pub was an Amy Winehouse hangout, it was the toilets. Graffitied toilet doors exclaiming that “Amy will live forever” prompted me to ask – “Amy who?”
Amy Winehouse was a regular at the Hawley Arms in Camden. During one of my recent trips to Camden market, I entered Hawley Arms for a washroom break, it was here where Amy Winehouse’s name was written everywhere. It made one truly feel that Amy Winehouse was here.
Growing up, I had really enjoyed the Jazz sound, Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon has been an all time favourite, and Amy Winehouse did Jazz so very well, she seemed to sing so effortlessly, especially her songs Back to Black, Rehab and Love is a Losing Game. Described as “common” by Jonathan Ross, referring to the way she spoke, Winehouse was being herself and as the years went by, she remained so. Sadly alcohol consumed her, as it does many, but someone who was as brilliant as she was, it’s truly painful. There is also a lesson in this, and without sounding preachy, any form of addiction can inadvertently be severely destructive to not just the life of the addict but those who are close to that person. So make healthy choices and strive to enjoy your life through non-destructive ways, and work on your potential.
Before I close, snippets of my favourite Amy Winehouse lyrics…
Back to Black
“We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to
I go back to us”
Love is a Losing Game
“Over futile odds
And laughed at by the gods
And now the final frame
Love is a losing game”
Amy Winehouse was here – sadly, she is no more.