I have not previously mentioned this terrible Italian disaster on News From Italy which happened on the 13th of January 2012, while we were in the UK. The Costa Concordia partially sank after hitting rocks, then running aground off the coast of the small Italian island, Isola del Giglio, not far from the mainland. Over four thousand people had to be evacuated and sadly there were inevitably deaths and injuries. I will not go into any more details as I imagine that the majority of you will have heard about this, if you want to read more the report at Wikipedia - Costa Concordia Disaster is explanatory and concise.
Earlier this week todays choice for my Sunday Song was released by two survivors of the Costa Concordia disaster and I thought it would be fitting to share here.
Justine Pelmelay a singer from the Netherlands and Antonella Tonna an Italian pianist got together after both surviving the tragedy. The pianist Antonella was working on board the cruise liner and the singer Justine was with her partner on a vacation. The song recalls those moments when it felt like ‘Time Stood Still’ and I think it is a moving tribute. It has been decided that all proceeds from the song will go to the residents of the Isola del Giglio who went out of their way that night to offer shelter to the survivors of the disaster.
Il Tempo Si é Fermato - Justine Pelmelay with Antonello Tonna ( Costa Concordia )
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