Right now, it’s Amy Winehouse pretty much 24/7 around here. (Liam’s favorite is “Rehab.”) And — I swear this on a stack of Bibles — I fell for her music before I knew even the slightest thing about her absolutely riveting personal life. But I couldn’t have wished for any sweeter icing on the cake of my obsession. (Be still, my heart.) Bless her.
“Valerie” is an acoustic cover of a song by The Zutons she did for a television show. My ex-wife was crazy about the original Zutons version (a UK #9, produced by Stephen Street — the song was written by The Zuton’s singer/guitarist, David McCabe) and had sent that to me about a year ago. I loved it too, and it immediately became an iPod staple. And so in the throes of my current mania I was both astounded and delighted to discover that Amy Winehouse was covering the song. A full-on neo-soul version appears on her new album, but this off-the-cuff performance is eminently more sublime — as such things so often are.
Valerie (David McCabe/The Zutons)
Irresistible Addendum Department:
This Amy Winehouse quote from the LA Times comes via Mrs. Kennedy:
“I know there are people in the world who have worse problems than falling in love and having it blow up in your face,” she said. “But I didn’t want to just wake up drinking, and crying, and listening to the Shangri-Las, and go to sleep, and wake up drinking, and listening to the Shangri-Las. So I turned it into songs, and that’s how I got through it.”
It seems there are no end of reasons to love that girl!