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Neil Holland sent me this message, and I would like to share it with all of you. If you have any feedback please leave it in the comments below.

Hello Tobi, what a wonderful blog to which I have subscribed. I came across your blog having just booked my forthcoming return holiday to the Savoy Gardens Hotel where I stayed before in May 2014 which was my first time visiting the island. Like you I fell in love with the island and the people. There is a story to this though, as I am also a poet and creative writer which I do in my spare time. In 2014 I had been approached by a musician from Florida J. Rivas (we met on a creative music internet site) suggesting he and I do a collaboration with his music and my poetry. Of course I was delighted to accept and I carried his music with me to Madeira where I listened to it over and over again until I secured  the feeling about how Jimmy’s music should be treated. Madeira just seemed to compel me to write about it. Like an inner voice I suppose. I just had to write about Madeira but it also grew into a metaphor about love and hope, the underlying tone of it. Over several days I wrote what has become the poem plus added an additional intro and outdo and on returning to the U.K. I set about arranging it all in my home recording studio (spare room). Whilst on holiday in Madeira in May 2014  I also met a young lady named Adele Davies at the Savoy Gardens who was our holiday rep and also happened to be classically trained as a soprano. Adele very kindly let me record her concert in the hotel and gave me permission to use something of her voice in my project. I didn’t know how at the time but knew I must and subsequently  blended a sample of her vocal Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore, (I lived for art, I lived for love, from Tosca) recorded in the Savoy Gardens at the beginning and closure of the track.

To cut a long story short I wondered if you could help me to make it available to anyone who would like to down load it for free. Not much in life is free these days. It’s a relaxing track I think. Here is the link for you to listen https://neilwilliamholland.bandcamp.com it’s called “Madeira And A Following Sea. “
 I hope you enjoy it and more explanation about it can be read on the download page. I feel sure that many people must love the island and may appreciate an unusual souvenir, or perhaps even Madeira people may like to listen to it or have a copy. Somehow it seems a shame not to circulate it and hopefully it may be to some peoples’ taste. It was a lovely experience for me to visit the island and be able to create something whilst there which has a great personal connection. Many who have already heard it seem to like it and have indicated that they do. If nothing else it’s an interesting story about how an American -Florida musician, an Irish soprano holiday rep, and an English poet came together in a unique way to create something that hopefully may bring pleasure to others about a beautiful Island and its people. So far I know it has been heard in fifty two countries and played over a thousand times. I have never made it available like this however and somehow I feel it is a celebration of Madeira that should be allowed to go its own way. Your blog helped convince me of that
Of course taste is an individual thing and some may think it’s rubbish LOL. If this is of no interest to you Tobi, I will understand of course I will, no problem, but maybe you could perhaps advise me on how to circulate it in Madeira (or advise me not to even as I am realistic and too close to it really to be a judge) . I wondered if there was a radio station that may be interested or something. It’s free, it needs to be free so to speak and I would be delighted if it could be.
If the link doesn’t work the it should be found at [email protected]bandcamp.com
Thank you and congratulations on a great blog, I love your blog.
Regards. Neil
Neil William Holland