Monday, January 14, 2013


One year after the Costa Concordia disaster, I am reposting this song by Antonello Tonna, the catanese pianist who survived the tragedy, and the Dutch singer Justine Pelmelay.

Mr Tonna, who immediately after the disaster said that he had felt as if he were living scenes from Titanic, wrote on his facebook page yesterday that the events of that terrible night still seem to him like a sequence from a film. He says that his thoughts are with those who were lost and their loved ones and that he is particularly thinking of his drummer friend Giuseppe Girolamo, who didn't have the strength to throw himself into the sea.

After the disaster it was several days before Mr Tonna was told that Justine Pelmelay had survived and in March the two recorded the song.  Since then Mr Tonna has slowly taken up his musical career again and writes that his family, friends and music have helped him through the many sad moments of the past year.

Antonello Tonna e Justine Pelmelay - Il tempo si è fermato [Time Stood Still]

Time stood still again all over Italy last night as the anniversary of the moment of the disaster approached.  On Giglio and along the nearby mainland coastline sirens were sounded in tribute and 32  lanterns were released into the sky in memory of those who lost their lives and the missing.

Costa Concordia - un anno dopo


Lee said...

Beautiful song, beautifully sung and played. Such a sad, sad, tragic event.

Enough said from me, I think....

James Higham said...

Lovely post - needs to be kept front and square, that issue.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Lee. Yes, I thought it was a beautiful song, too. Thanks, James. Yes, it must be.

Hawkins Family said...

Completely agree with what Lee said. Thank you for posting.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thank you, Hawkins Family.


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