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Naples is a song

Published April 27, 2014 by Tony

 

 

NAPULE E’ NA CANZONE
(De Cristofaro, E. A. Mario – 1922)

Se vonno purtà Napule

nun saccio a qua’ paese

miliardarie ca fanno spese

se ne trovano ‘nquantità

Nu bellu juorno, tèccote

s’appura, ditto ‘nfatto

ca Pusilleco ha fatto ‘o sfratto

e ‘o Vesuvio va’ trova addó’ sta

Ma, pe’ s’ ‘a purtà

nun sanno ancora comm’hann’ ‘a fà

No, niente ce pò

pe’ spustà Napule ‘a dó’ sta mo

Sì, só’ migliare ‘e prugette

ma chi ce se mette

maje niente pò fà

E tutte ‘a vònno Napule

ma nisciuno s’ ‘a pò purtà

Chi ‘a vò’ purtá in America

chi ‘a vò’ purtá in Giappone

ma ll’Europa se fa ragione

dice: “E’ meglio ca resta a me”

E allora va in Germania?

Va ‘n Francia o in Inghilterra?

Pò succedere n’ata guerra

pe’ decidere chi ll’ha da avé

Ma, pe’ s’ ‘a purtà

…………………………

Quanta ‘ngigniere vènono

Ma che prugette fanno?

Comme vènono, se ne vanno

Se ne vanno, ma pe’ turnà

Chi ‘a vò’ tirà cu ‘o mángano

scastrata intera intera

Chi ‘a vò’ spartere cu maniera

piezzo piezzo e po’ ‘a torna a ‘ncullà

Ma, pe’ s’ ‘a purtà,

mo ce ‘o ccunziglio comm’hann’ ‘a fá

No, niente ce vò

ma ‘o mezzo è facile pe’ chi ‘o vò’

Quanno na bella canzone

cu tutt’ ‘a passione

s’arriva a cantà,

pe’ tutt’ ‘o munno, Napule

dint’ ‘o core, se pò purtà

They want to take Naples away

I do not know in which country

billionaires who can spend

they are found in quantity

One day, here’s

it turns out, that in fact

that Posillipo did the eviction and

who knows the Vesuvius where’s

But, to take it away

they still do not know how to do it

No, nothing can be done

to move Naples where it is now

Yes, there’re thousands of projects

but whoever puts in

nothing can do

And everyone wants Naples

but no one can carry it away

Who wants to bring it to America,

who wants to bring it in Japan,

but Europe resign itself to

says: “better if it remain with me”

and then does it go to Germany?

does go to France or England?

Another war could break out

to decide who should have it

But, to take it away

…………………………..

Any engineer who arrives

but what plans do they do?

as they arrive so they left

they go away, but to come back

wo wants to pull it with the catapult

unlock it entirely

who wants to split it with criteria,

piece by piece, and then to paste it

But to take it away

now I advise ’em how to do

no, it doesn’t take anything

but the way is easy for who wants to

when a good song

with all the passion

you are able to sing

throughout the world, Naples,

in the heart it can be delivered

A very old Neapolitan song, that to show how Naples was beautiful, wryly talks about people who would like to take it away. As usually I tried to translate it for you.

MARE D’INVERNO

Published February 22, 2014 by Tony

Il mare d’inverno”  (Winter sea)  is a song brought to success by Loredana Berte, an Italian singer. Song written by Enrico Ruggeri in 1983.

Like other Italian songs that I have proposed and tried to translate, this also seems to be a poem, a passage of a theatrical monologue. To make you better appreciate the Italian text, I add a video of the song. Hope you like it.

The winter sea is only a movie in black and white seen on TV
and inwards a few cloud from heaven is thrown down
wet sand, a letter that the wind is taking away
invisible points chased by dogs, tired parables of old seagulls
and I who am only here to look for a coffee
the winter sea is a concept that the thought doesn’t consider,
it’s not modern, something that nobody ever want
Hotels closed, posters advertising already faded,
vehicles draw furrows on roads where the summer rain does not fall
and I who can’t even talk to myself
Sea sea here is never anyone to drag me away
Sea sea here nobody ever comes to keep us company
Sea sea I can’t see you so because this wind also stirs me….
this wind also stirs me …

The cold will pass and the beach will slowly color itself
radio and newspapers and a banal music will spread
new adventures, lit nightclubs full of lies
but towards evening a strange concert and an umbrella that stays open
I dive puzzled at the moments we spent already
Sea sea here is never anyone to drag me away
Sea sea here nobody ever comes to keep us company
Sea sea I can’t see you so because this wind stirs me too …
Sea sea….

LUCIO DALLA

Published March 3, 2013 by Tony

IN MEMORY OF LUCIO

Lucio Dalla

“Large sheets to cover ourselves I do not have…. and if life has no dreams I’ll take them and give to you”

Today is your birthday… best wishes to you, Lucio!

Lucio Dalla (Bologna, March 4, 1943 – Montreux, 1 March 2012) was a musician and a popular Italian singer-songwriter.
Nobody expected it and the morning of 1 March 2012, by a heart attack at age 69 in the Ritz Hotel in Montreux, where he had performed the night before, Lucio left us, with discretion but too soon!

Throughout his long career, which reached fifty years of activity, he has also performed as a keyboardist, saxophonist, and playing the clarinet, his passion from an early age.His extensive artistic production has gone through many phases, from the beat to the rhythmic and musical experimentation, from the songwriting till the boundaries of classical music and opera. Lucio Dalla was also an author known abroad with some of his songs translated and brought to success in several languages, in addition to many duet with artists, nationally and internationally.
Its success takes root in 1971, when for the third time he participated at the Festival of Sanremo with the song “4/3/1943” (his birthdate), a censored song initially called “Gesù Bambino” (Baby Jesus), and that talks about a girl mother, who has a son with an unknown ally soldier.
The success was consolidated the following year when still in Sanremo he sang the touching “Piazza Grande“, dedicated to a homeless man in Bologna, his beloved hometown where he lived. The city that in 1999 gave him an honorary degree in “Arts and Lucio DallaPhilosophy”.
During his career he has worked with numerous artists, Gino Paoli, Luigi Tenco, Roberto Roversi, Francesco De Gregori, the Stadio, Ron, Gianni Morandi, through whose collaboration many of his songs were born.
In March 1986 the tour with the group “Stadio”, for a series of concerts abroad, culminated with performances in the United States from which the double live album “Dallamericaruso.” arose. In this album is the song “Caruso”, that recounts the last days of the great tenor, and that will give to the singer from Emilia-Romagna, an extraordinary success. The song, which has sold nearly 9 million copies worldwide, is now considered a classic of Italian music. Over the years, the song has been interpreted by many artists of various nationalities, including Mercedes Sosa, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Lara Fabian, Julio Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti. The song translated into several languages, to date, has sold over 38 million copies worldwide. The singer has repeatedly explained the genesis of this song: “a song of the heart,” born from an intense and unexpected trip in Sorrento. Because of a boat broken, he was forced to stop along the Sorrento coastline, in the same hotel and room where years before the great tenor Enrico Caruso had died.
Lucio’s mother was originally from Puglia, where the singer often went, and here his love for the South and especially for the sea was born, to the point to spend every summer at Tremiti Isles, as well as Lucio loved Naples, where often he docked his boat. In fact, in 1997 he was awarded the “Honorary Citizenship” from the town of Sorrento. Once he said: “I have been influenced by the existence of Totò (note, the Neapolitan artist Antonio De Curtis Gagliardi), in all its forms, for me he was a myth. The beauty of Totò is the beauty of Naples. Naples, not easy to say, seems a city, but is not, it is a nation, a republic….. the admiration I have for Naples’s people was born out by this love for Totò…. Naples is the mystery of life, good and evil are mixed, but pulsate however“. About his love for the South, in an interview he said: “It was during these vacations as an emigrant backwards, which took place in me the split between two different ways of living. So today I have two souls: the northern one (orderly, efficient, futuristic, perfectionist, demanding to themselves and to others) and southern (disorganized, wild, sensual, dreamy, mystical), it is in the south that I became religious, of a religion frantic, irrational“.
Marco AlemannoFrom February 2007 began a collaboration with Marco Tutino, artistic director of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, for the preparation of some opera and theater works, and it is here that the long-lasting friendship with Marco Alemanno, becomes more apparent. The Lucio Dalla “different” sexual orientation was known to his few close friends and not to the public, at least not officially. Although because of his success he had the “prigs” (fucking moralists) in the palm of his hand, Lucio remained silent, refusing to declare his homosexuality, fearful of the moralists’ judgment, as if, on the contrary, they were to have him on a string. That is why he had to “disguise” his feelings in the songs, sometimes inventing female names and faces of fantasy. He gave and inspired emotions, hiding his own ones.
Marco Alemanno, born in 1980, left his small town to pursue his passion for art in the city of the great Lucio Dalla, where their paths crossed to then separate tragically on March 1st of 2012. Marco followed him in every show and in every battle. In 2007, Marco appears on Lucio Dalla album “Il Contrario di me” (The opposite of me), as producer and co-author of some texts. The following year, he publishes “Gli occhi di Lucio” (Lucio’s eyes), a book with a DVD-written with Lucio and containing Dalla photographs and unpublished writings. Marco appears again in 2009 as artistic producer and co-author of some songs in the album “Angoli nel cielo” (Angles in the sky), and the year after participated in Dalla & De Gregori tour “Work in progress”, as singer and narrator.
Marco Alemanno has gained a lot of notoriety for the moving words with which he reminded Lucio on the occasion of his funeral in Bologna. His talk brought some controversy about the fact that the singer had never formalized his relationship with him, while the Catholic Church has condemned his intervention during the funerals in church. In his funeral speech, Mark has played some verses of the song by Lucio “Le Rondini” (The Swallows): “I would like to understand, in short, what love is, where is that you take and give it”.  Then, before bursting into tears, adding: “For some time now I had the pleasure, honor and privilege to grow alongside Lucio, singer, musician, filmmaker, and above all the man, eternal child, to whom I owe so much.

Since the singer did not leave a will, his inheritance, estimated at approximately 100 million euros, will be divided between his five first cousins. In the absence of a specific bequest, Marco Alemanno, intimate partner and resident in the same house for several years, has no legal rights.

I want to highlight that, although the ‘coming out‘ is a something useful and liberating for themselves and for those who are less strong, we cannot expect it to be a mandatory practice. People are different, have different thoughts and stories, and there are no rules with regard to their privacy. It would be nice and fair that we all take for granted that love, joy & sorrow’s sharing, and humanity were fixed rules regardless of our beliefs. And then “everyone will love how it goes,” as our dear friend Lucio sang and hoped.

Although the discography of this great songwriter includes twenty-two studio album for the Italian market, a Q Disc, nine live albums, several books and albums for the foreign market, among the many beautiful songs that Lucio has left us, and in addition to those already mentioned, I want to mention: L’Anno che verrà, Attenti Al Lupo, Anna E Marco, Tu Non Mi Basti Mai, Come E’ Profondo il Mare, Caro Amico Ti Scrivo, Stella Di Mare, Disperato Erotico Stomp, L’Ultima Luna, Telefonami Tra Vent’anni, Un Uomo Come Me, Cara, Nuvolari, Il Gigante e La Bambina, Balla Balla Ballerino, Futura.  (The Year to come, The Wolf, Anna and Mark, I Just Do not You Never Come and ‘Deep Sea, Dear Friend I am writing, Star of the Sea, Erotic Stomp, The Last Moon, Call me Between Twenty years, A Man Like Me, Honey, Nuvolari, The Giant and The Child, Dance dance Dancer, Futura).

Here’s the literal translation of his words showed in the picture below the title.

“Of many houses, not any one that has no windows, any shred of sky over the roofs of the city, where I lived and where I listened, checked, tried the beating of your heart, your breaths, your curses, the noise of your dreams, the mysterious small daily killings and the miraculous births that every day God sends us and which take place under the skies of all countries and of all the cities on overcast nights of stars. It is from there that have fallen words, stones, stories and sounds that arrive to me by the beautiful deception of love that never ends, or the sensuality of the best encounters, those dreamed, those where there are no more break ups, where you don’t die or die is just disappearing under a sweet, lovely snowfall. It is from that glimpse of heaven and heart that I will listen to you even when no one will listen to me, that I’ll still be looking for you although you will not be looking for me anymore. And from up there, until there will be a window, my heart will sing the life and story that takes it.”

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Dear Lucio, although I respect your discretion and silence, I would have liked if you had had the courage to shout to the world your “diversity“, because coming from a great man like you, this would tell someone else that there is no “diversity” as these others still think.


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TIZIANO FERRO

Published October 25, 2012 by Tony

ARE MIGUEL BOSE – TIZIANO FERRO LOVERS?
A NEW SINGERS’ GAY COUPLE

Tiziano Ferro is a famous Italian songwriter of 32 years, also known in Europe, especially in Spain, and South America. Tiziano had a difficult adolescence, shyness, marginalized by classmates, suffering from bulimia which led him to go overweight.  As an outlet, music helped him as he began to study guitar, vocals, piano and drums. After various music adventures and rebuffs, in 1999 one new CD reached the top spots in the rankings and from there the success began.  In 2005 he moved to London, dubbed  the character of Oscar in the movie “Shark Tale”, and graduated in a Los Angeles university as English and Spanish interpreter and translator.
In 2010, in conjunction with the public declaration of his homosexuality, his first book “Trent’anni e una chiacchierata con papà” (Thirty years and a chat with dad) is published, a diary written by the singer from 1995 to 2010 in which, among other things, talks about the courage to declare his homosexuality. Shortly after, in an interviews Tiziano claims to have finally found a love but does not reveal his name.
From that moment on, media have tried to know who his boyfriend is, but the artist has always maintained secrecy about his private life so that even the  magazines of gossip have never been able to know something more. But now, following a revelation during an interview in the Spanish program “Hay que te quiero decir one thing“, in which he has said:  <My boyfriend is an anchorman of an Italian TV program“> , the gay community, always very attentive and informed, has focused its attention on the singer Miguel Bose. To confirm this hypothesis is the fact that Miguel is gay, who is a conductor of a famous Italian transmission, and has also released the album “Papitwo” containing a duet just with Tiziano, who is often in Spain. Two and two makes four, so many are convinced that Bose-Ferro is the new gay couple of the year.

Here for a Tiziano Ferro’s video

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GIANNA NANNINI

Published September 27, 2012 by Tony

WONDERFUL CREATURE

In a song, usually, what is most striking is its melody, beyond lyrics. This at least is what happens to me, especially for foreign songs where the meaning of the text is often not immediate or remains unknown. This also happens with Italian songs where the lyrics, although comprehensible or uninteresting, passes in second order for me. And this just is the case of this song I want to share with you. A song by a singer well known in Italy and named Gianna Nannini, while her song is titled “Meravigliosa Creatura” (Wonderful Creature). I like it, where it is the tonality and melody to give me feelings…. here is the translation and video.

[or here for another video]

Meravigliosa Creatura

Wonderful Creature

ITALIAN VERSION

Molti mari e fiumi
attraverserò,
dentro la tua terra
mi ritroverai.
Turbini e tempeste
io cavalcherò,
volerò tra i fulmini
per averti.
Meravigliosa creatura,
sei sola al mondo,
meravigliosa paura
di averti accanto,
occhi di sole
mi bruciano in mezzo al cuore
amo la vita… meravigliosa.
Luce dei miei occhi,
brilla su di me,
voglio mille lune
per accarezzarti.
Pendo dai tuoi sogni,
veglio su di te,
non svegliarti, non svegliarti ancora.

Meravigliosa creatura,
sei sola al mondo,
meravigliosa paura
di averti accanto.
Occhi di sole,
mi tremano le parole,
amo la vita… meravigliosa.

Meravigliosa creatura,
un bacio lento,
meravigliosa paura
di averti accanto.
All’improvviso
tu scendi nel paradiso,
muoio d’amore…. meraviglioso

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Many rivers and seas
I will cross,
in your land
you’ll find me again.
Whirlwinds and storms
I will ride,
I’ll fly between the lightning
to get you.
Wonderful creature,
you are alone in the world,
wonderful fear
to have you close,
eyes of sunshine
burn inside my heart
I love the life…wonderful.
Light of my eyes,
shines on me,
I want one thousand moons
to caress you.
I’m hanging from your dreams,
watch over you,
don’t wake up, don’t wake up yet.

Wonderful creature,
you are alone in the world,
wonderful fear
to have you close to me.
Eyes of the sun,
my words are trembling,
I love life… wonderful.

Wonderful creature,
a slow kiss,
wonderful fear
to have you close to me.
Suddenly
you come down in heaven.
I’m dying of love…. wonderful

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SAN REMO FESTIVAL

Published February 19, 2012 by Tony

SANREMO 2012 WINNER


This night ended the festival 2012 of Italian song in Sanremo. After that The Cranberries sang their new single “Tomorrow“,  the chermesse  of Sanremo went ahead and the final vote of the jury gave the three finalists singers: Noemi, Emma Marrone and Arisa, just three young vocalists. They then sang again their new song and viewers at home, by telephone or cell phone, could cast their vote in the meantime. The presenter of the five nights has been Gianni Morandi, a famous singer, backed by actor Rocco Papaleo.

NAOMINOEMI ARISAARISA
Emma MarroneEMMA MARRONE gianni-morandi-e-rocco-papaleoGianni Morandi and Rocco Papaleo

Also tonight there was the presence of the singer Celentano who, as usual, between a song and another, made some criticism and this time towards two well-known Italian Catholic magazines (Avvenire and Famiglia Cristiana), saying that instead of devoting themself to politics and news, should speak more about faith and religion.

Celentano

For the youth section, last night, wins the teenager Alessandro Casillo.

Alessandro Casillo

Then came the final vote and the winner of the sixty-second Sanremo festival has been “EMMA” with the song “Non è l’inferno

EMMA MARRONE

ARISA

NOEMI