Amy Winehouse - Teach Me Tonight (Live)
People often compare my voice to that of Amy Winehouse. I don’t actually like most of her radio singles or pop hits, but when I heard her do this version of Teach Me Tonight, I could finally hear in her what everyone else hears in me.
But it got me thinking about what people get remembered for. Amy Winehouse is the bouffant. She is overdramatized cat-eye liner. She has a look, and even though she does also write songs refusing drug rehab, when people describe her, they start with her physical features.
Same with people in town. Jesse Dee is his hair. Samantha Farrell is her hair. Greg Klyma is his glasses. Caroline Alden is her red lips. Meshiya Lake is endless tattooery. Carsie is a fro-bob and (now also) endless tattooery. And they are famous because there is no confusion about who these people are. People will also know who you’re talking about, whether a positive feeling about these people’s sound comes to mind or not, you know “the man, the myth, and the legend” of each of these characters. And if you like what you see, you can just as easily rosy retrospect your way into a positive image of that performer’s music, as well.
*This is not to say that the aforementioned musicians are just a shell of their exterior image. Oh, no. They have talent! But from a marketing perspective, their look attracts just as much, if not more, of their fan base.
And that’s what I want! To be indistinguishably known.
How would YOU describe my look? What does it say to you?