More Music And Memories

Whenever I hear Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’, I’m always reminded of my first holiday abroad. Like many parents in the 1970s, Mum and Dad struggled to find money for holidays and so by the age of 17, my travels had taken me to the far shores of Bournemouth, Torquay and Wales. 

So when I had the opportunity to go to Ibiza, I jumped at it. I fell in love with the simmering heat, with the island’s tranquility and its relaxed atmosphere (yes, I was only 17, but I didn’t even set foot inside a club, instead staying in a quieter area of the island), the soft sands and the piercing blue of the sea. The apartment we stayed in couldn’t exactly have been called luxurious (the curtains were probably the best bit) but it didn’t matter; I was in heaven. 

It was when I went for a walk as the sun was setting that I first heard ‘In The Air Tonight’. A bar was belting out the song. I remember just standing there, swaying gently to the music (and no, I hadn’t been drinking – I was only 17!) and looking out over the bay, at the lights twinkling and boats bobbing gently up and down. Life can’t get much better than this, I thought, completely caught up in the moment. 

I haven’t ever been back to Ibiza and have no particular desire to, but it was a holiday to remember and Phil Collins’ song is still one of my favourite tracks of all time.

Apologies for the photo – it’s the only one which was taken of me there. I can assure you that fluorescent lime green was in fashion that year. Besides, I think the photo shows the curtains off particularly well. 

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19 Responses to More Music And Memories

  1. I once spent two days holed up in my bedroom listening to Face Value over and over – and writing a story about love, sex and betrayal. It seemed to fit the mood.

  2. EDC Writing says:

    I’m not going to say a word!

  3. nestmadden says:

    As always I have a story, I was backstage Security on 13th July 1985 and escorted Phil off stage and into the chopper for Heathrow.

  4. That’s some bathing costume! I went off to Ibiza with my friend Helen when I was about the same age. Fell in love with Ibiza, a young Spaniard called Pablito fell in love with me. We corresponded for a while but no doubt he found someone else to love!

  5. TanGental says:

    Oh dear; I’m scarred by P Collins; not really his fault but he was the catalyst. And why oh why did we poach ourselves so? BTW that green is making a comeback on the ski slopes – well, maybe it’s just me…

  6. Helen says:

    Love the colours! I donated my huge orange, brown, purple psychedelic curtains (Heals) to the Folk Museum at St Fagans. My eldest daughter thought the curtains so outrageous she was embarrassed to invite friends over for tea. I thought them fabulous. Sounds a truly lovely holiday. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Music is powerful and it can be so powerful that it can make us write what it wants to say.
    Lovely memories, Esther. I did go to Ibiza once but realised I should have maybe gone to Mykonos after all.😎

  8. Rajiv says:

    Well, well, well!

  9. Joy Gill says:

    Ibiza was my first foray abroad too. Earth Wind and Fire is my lasting musical memory. Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” transports me back to Perth Australia. Oh how powerful is music? Love the “watermelon” cozzy! Blessings

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