Today’s song is, ‘Take My Breath Away’. This song was written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the 1986 film ‘Top Gun’, performed by American new wave band, Berlin. It won the ‘Academy Award for Best Original Song’ as well as the ‘Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song’ in 1986.
The song peaked at number one on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’, and it also topped the charts in Canada, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and Belgium. In 2017. Shortlist’s Dave Fawbert listed the song as containing "one of the greatest key changes in music history".
Apart from the obvious emotion of being deeply in love, there are not many things in one’s life that are literally capable of taking one’s breath away. Here are a few experiences of mine that took my breath away:
(1) Hearing my mother sing her songs every day of my childhood as she happily worked around the home being a wife and the mother of seven children; despite never being able to remember the proper words to the song or sing it in tune.
(2) Seeing my children born as they were taken from my wife’s stomach and hearing their first cry as they opened their lungs.
(3) Having two successive heart attacks in the space of one week; the second of which left me unconscious for four days.
(4) Maintaining my steadiness of voice as I told my daughter and other children that I had terminal blood cancer from which there was no long-term remedy or cure.
(5) One and a half years ago, my absence of oxygenation in my lungs was proving very hard for me to exert any energy and I was bordering on the level of 80% lung capacity. I then read that singing helps to improve one’s lung capacity and decided to give daily singing practise a go. Nearly sixteen months later, I can honestly state that my lung capacity and the oxygenation in my lungs (which I have measured four times daily along with my blood pressure and body temperature over the past six years) has increased to ‘normal’ oxygenation levels of 98 or 99 average instead of the previous levels of 81 or 82 that existed since my second heart attack seventeen years earlier.
I dedicate today’s song to my Facebook friend, Matilde Antunes from Lisbon, Portugal. Matilde is certainly my type of woman as she is in love with the beautiful images of everything that surrounds her. I know virtually nothing of her private like (which suits me to the ground), as it enables me to imagine the kind of woman she is. There are certain women in this world who instantly appeal to the male eye; not because they are the youngest or most beautiful of woman within one’s gaze, but because one is able to sense a shroud of mystery and sensuality emanating from their unspoken promise, should one ever be fortunate enough to ever know them.
I often think that people born in Europe have a beautiful turn of phrase whenever they speak the English language. Often, Matilde will inform us that she will be ‘Facebook out’ for a few days, but being the woman of mystery, she is, she never gives any hint as to what she will be doing when she is ‘Facebook out’, or where she'll be or who she will be doing it with? You are a classy woman, Matilde; and you literally ‘Take my breath away’ with the exquisite manner you conduct yourself. Thank you for being my Facebook friend, Matilde. I hope you enjoy my song for you.
Love and peace Bill xxx