I was deeply saddened yesterday when I heard Cilla Black had passed away. When I was 11 years old I played Cilla in a school play and sang two of her biggest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World. They were two songs that moved me in a way that no other songs had before – the heart and emotion with which she delivered them became, for me, what all songs should be about. Music should tell a story and move people – it should transport them to another time, place and emotional state… not always in a sad way, but certainly those two songs had a melancholy feeling that I hadn’t experienced to such an extent before. I still listen to her greatest hits album now and even converted Tom into a fan a few years ago.
Then there was obviously the other side of Cilla – the TV personality who many of us will feel we grew up with. I didn’t realise back in the nineties that the happy lady we saw on the telly all the time had such a heartbreaking story, or that she actually turned to presenting after her music career had dwindled.
Cilla was made for prime time Saturday night viewing. Her charm, humour and heart pulled in the nation and left us with a feeling of warmth… I find it crazy that she had that affect over people in a career that she was originally hesitant to pursue. For that reason I find her story amazingly inspiring. We can achieve everything we could possibly want in life and then have it snatched away from us unfairly, but it’s what we do in those testing times with the opportunities that present themselves that really shape us as humans. Because of the choices that Cilla made she ultimately became a national treasure and burrowed herself deep in our hearts. So rest in peace, Cilla – and thank you for filling our Saturday nights with laughter and magic… And for the music that will stay with me forever.
Also this week…
… Firstly Tom and me went to YouTuber Marcus Butler’s launch for Hello Life!, a book that’s largely about Marcus and his inspiring and healthy take on… well, life. It was lovely to see Marcus and his lovely girlfriend Niomi and celebrate his creation being out there for people to read.
…As usual, me and Tom seized the opportunity of time away from the house (and parenting duties) and went to STK for a romantic little meal afterwards. Which, I have to say, was possibly the best meal I’ve EVER eaten. It was all scrummy and I’m actually sat here salivating at the thought of it.
…I attended another book launch for Eleanor Moran’s A Daughter’s Secret. I met Eleanor through Dorothy Koomson a few years ago, and then we randomly found ourselves sat next to each other on a flight over to LA a few months ago. I haven’t read her latest book yet, but, having listened to Eleanor read the first page of it I’m sure it’s a corker.
… We spent a lovely day in south London celebrating my bestie Katy’s birthday – she’s joining the 30 club this week. Katy has been my rock for the last twelve years and I find it hilarious to see how our method of celebrating birthdays has changed over the years. Gone are the alcoholic shots in questionable nightclubs – this year we were sat in a very civilised and chilled out manner, in a big open space, surrounded by bunting, eating homemade delights and singing silly songs to keep the children entertained and happy. It was a very funny afternoon.
That’s all from me – time to get cracking with a week of writing.