Today I heard an angel

Well it wasn’t actually today, but towards the end of last year.

I woke up on the day in question and fancied going for a ride on my motorbike. It was a bright autumn day. I thought I would ride to Felixstowe and watch the sea. I got up, dressed and headed out. As I was riding along the A14 eastbound I had a change of mind. Although I’d not long passed my bike test, I decided to ride to London.

I’ve driven around London a few times in my car, but not really enjoyed it so god only knows why I wanted to do it on my bike. I rode around the city for an hour or so before parking up and going for a walk. I wasn’t walking to go anywhere or see anything in particular. I ended up on the southbank right near to the London Eye. It was there I heard the voice of an angel.

A very cold looking lady was busking. Although I love music, I don’t normally pay much attention to buskers. This lady was different, she really stood out. She wasn’t actually singing when I first noticed her, but talking. It was her soft voice that caught my ear. I stayed at a distance for a while waiting for her to sing, wow, I’m glad I did.

From memory, she sang her version of Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone you loved”. It was beautiful, I was hooked. I believe she then went on to sing her version of James Arthur’s “Naked”. I must have looked like a wierdo just standing there, probably looking even more gormless than usual. At this point I didn’t have any money on me, so I went to find a cash machine. 

When I returned I had a brave moment and asked if she would dedicate a song to someone very special in my life. She said “of course”, “the next song is sad though” at that time I didn’t realise how the words would later become so true. She sang her version of Freya Ridings “Lost without you” and I recorded it on my phone. As she sang it, it brought tears to my eyes, listening to the recording I have of it still does. I put the money in her collection and left.

This wasn’t the end though. When I got home I searched for her on YouTube to listen to other songs she has performed. She has a range of covers that she has made her own, and original songs too. I can honestly say there isn’t a single one that I don’t like. Please check her out on her YouTube channel

The lady I am talking about is the amazing Anna Bayne. Hopefully when the lockdown eases you will find her singing on the southbank just like I did, or better still someone will sign her up.

Anna Bayne

Anna, you made a positive difference to me that day, and listening to your songs, you still do. Thank you. You are amazing.

About catmann1973

Hi, I’m Martin. 47 years old, living in Suffolk. I have three amazing grown up children. I have the best family and friends in the world. I am a football fan, love going to the gym and I am a motorcycle pilot. I’ve had mental health problems all of my life. This site is about my past, present and future. I’m hoping to make it easier for people to be able to speak freely about mental health. It can affect anyone at anytime.
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