Amy Winehouse ”Halftime’ and ‘Song For You’


The title is really just about halftime as far as musically speaking, like when you’re playing something fast and you break it down halftime, time to slow it down and the music was really a metaphor for musical terminology. You know the melody strokes went hard and beat’s real souful. It was never on a record. It was a song that she wrote. She was writing that the same time that I met her. But that was something that we had from early on. She wanted to do a super group with Questlove and — kinda like a jazzy thing. that’s what she wanted to do. And so I approached Quest about doing what was spoken about and made it happen.


“Song For You”  

I recorded her singing the Donnie Hathaway song in her house. She just looked on the computer and was reading the tabs and then just singing. It wasn’t even like a proper studio mic. She just had a mic near her and started singing and I caught some of it from the drums being mic’d across the room. For this album I really pulled it together, not to clink, not to a beat, she was just singing at home barefoot. She really emotionally took on the lyrics and started weeping while she was doing it

She felt the song. ‘Cause she felt Hathaway and at the end of it, she made a comment about him, which actually closes the album.It was a moment for me to watch and at the time, I wish I had video cameras in my eyes but also it was actually something that she really felt. She felt like Donny Hathaway spoke to her. She mentioned him in “Rehab” and she sings a lot of his songs live.


That song actually has all the emotion she could pour out but also all the chord changes that she did and the way she sang it towards him.Then I put the music around it and after she passed and edited–that’s the way it worked but that’s just what she did.

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