Take My Breath Away

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”.  Maya Angelou

There are a number of female writers I absolutely hero worship.   Maya Angelou, is right up there for me…one of the shiniest of stars.    Maya, you always “kill me softly with your song”…”take my breath away”.   Maya’s words are like beautiful soothing songs….lullabies of the heart.  I wonder if any of her words have been set to music?

I am a sucker for beautiful lyrics and romantic ballads.  Many years ago, whilst working as a stewardess, I visited the island of Menorca.  It was there in a nightclub where I first heard a beautiful ballad by a singer called Riccardo Cocciante, called Bella Sin Alma.  This song absolutely blew me away. I still love it with a passion to this day.  It’s right up there for me with all the greats…Brian Adams “Everything I do”, “You are so beautiful” by Joe Cocker, “Stand by Me, Ben E King….you probably get the gist…

Riccardo’s song cost me and my fellow stewardess companion dearly on that trip.  We were due to fly back to London, but decided to go back to the club one final time to hear Bella Sin Alma before we left.  By the time we reached Mahon airport, the gate for passenger boarding had closed.   Despite desperate pleas to the captain, he was unwilling to let us on, last minute.  Perhaps knowing we were crew, he decided to teach us a lesson.   The plane took off without us!  We couldn’t get another plane off the island for 5 days.  Plenty of time to hear Bella Sin Alma time and time again.  Riccardo, you have a lot to answer for…although I never tire of hearing that beautiful song.  It still sends me crazy!  I would probably do the same thing all over again…beautiful moments, as Maya says, that take our breath away, golden memories, stored away forever in that treasure chest of memories are…well…priceless.

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