Since I woke up singing today, here is a musical post with ten Italian songs that speak to my soul.
But first, a lovely post by Smitha on her blog Eúnoia in which she shows the February page of my Calendar 2022 as she had it printed. It looks even better than I could imagine. Thank you most kindly, Smitha! You are right, friendships can be made across the distance. Click and read:
Maybe you don’t know that, but if I follow you by mail, I will listen to every single song that you post. I appreciate it when you play deejays and choose tunes for us, and the least I can do is give it a listen.
I hope you will enjoy my selection as well. (In case the video is not available in your country, I repeat the performer and the title in the caption and you can try to find the song in another way.)
My ten songs start with the one that I woke up singing today. I hummed it for a while before I remembered who the singer was. Then I googled it and found out that yesterday his tour was postponed since he has Covid-19. I wish Claudio Baglioni back to health soon. This is a song for his son.
Next my thought went to the great Franco Battiato who died last year. This is his cure of love.
Next, the grand Caruso. Yes, ti voglio bene assai. It was written by Lucio Dalla, also no longer among us. This is the official video that somehow begins with Duran Duran.
Here is another lovely love song. Luigi is saying that he is in love with you. Italians are soooo good with words.
I was reminded of this next one when I heard it recently in the trailer for the third season of L’amica geniale, “My Brilliant Friend”. I’ve seen three parts of it already. Big sigh. The writer Elena Ferrante, whose novels were made into this series, succeeded in something rather astonishing. It’s never easy to be a woman in Italy and now we know how much. Patty Pravo says: You spin me around as if I were a doll. And then you throw me to the ground.
The next one has Sadness only in the title.
A hop to Napule as the locals call Naples. Pino Daniele, who died in 2015, is an institution there. The title: “I am crazy”, in their crazy dialect. Haven’t been there yet.
We need more joy. These three are solo artists but for one album and tour got together and had heaps of fun singing each other’s songs. Niccolò Fabi, Max Gazzè and Daniele Silvestri, apri! Open up!
For almost the end, a more recent addition to the Italian song treasury. Hip hop. If you deny reality, it won’t go away. Who else feels that we live inside a box?
And finally, a special song. Have a look at the video in which various people (none of which is the singer who is also a novelist) lip-synch the poetic, angry lyrics. Lots of Italy in here. Sometimes I love it more. This is that time.
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