Thursday, February 20, 2014

Song of The Week

I couldn't quite believe my ears when I heard this song on the radio for the first time. It's by Neapolitan rapper Clementino, and features Negrita. What I was amazed to hear was the sample of Negrita's 2005 song, Rotolando verso sud. It was released during my Erasmus year!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bad Italian Parking - Exhibit 1

I walk to work every day, it's around 1km and it takes me about 15 minutes. I've got so fed up recently of my walk to work becoming an obstacle course every day that I've decided to name and shame people who are making my journey dangerous or are just being complete idiots. This fine example of selfish parking is from lunchtime today, when I was heading home for my break. Smack bang in the middle of a pedestrian crossing. Cretino!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Nerys's Guide to Italian Music - Elisa

Elisa represents a rarity of the Italian music industry - someone who is just as known more for singing in English than they are for singing in Italian. Her latest album, L'anima vola - her eighth album - is the first one to not only have an Italian title, but it's also the first album that she's released which is entirely in Italian.

Elisa was born Elisa Toffoli in Trieste in 1977. Her first album Pipes & Flowers was released in 1997, but the breakthrough was Sanremo in 2001. Her entry was her first song in Italian, Luce (tramonti a nord est). She was placed first in the festival and also won the Premio della critica (the critics' prize). The song also reached No.1 in the Italian singles chart.

The singles from her next album, Then Comes The Sun, were all in English. It was also during this period that Elisa had more visibility abroad. She sang the Italian national anthem during the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in 2002 (the following Winter Olympics were held in Turin), and a special greatest hits was released for the European market. In 2003 Elisa released a single in Italian, Almeno tu nell'universo, which was a cover of a song from 1989 originally sang by Mia Martini.  It reached No.1.

After four more English singles, the first song I ever heard of Elisa's during my Erasmus year was Una poesia anche per te which was released in 2005. Originally the song had been written in English and featured on her Pearl Days album, the Italian version was only featured on the second edition of the album.

I returned to Italy in the summer of 2007 and there was another song by Elisa during the rounds, this time in English. It was Stay, taken from her greatest hits collection Soundtrack '96-'06.

One of Elisa's most successful songs is her duet with Negramaro frontman Giuliano Sangiorgi. Ti vorrei sollevare was released in 2009 and was certified platinum with over 30,000 copies sold. It reached No.1 on both the download and radio airplay charts.

My favourite song by Elisa is Anche se non trovi le parole, which was released in January 2010. This followed Ti vorrei sollevare, and was also taken from her Heart album. And like the previous single it also reached No.1 in the Italian radio airplay chart.

One of Elisa's songs from last year is also one of her biggest successes. The title track from her L'anima vola album reached No.2 and was certified platinum.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Classic

Innocenti evasioni is from 1972 and is by Lucio Battisti. It wasn't released as a single, but instead was one of the tracks on his Umanamente uomo: il sogno album.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Word of The Week

L'amore - love

What else could it be after Valentine's Day? I'm glad it's over though, as a singleton struggling to understand Italian men (seriously, they don't live up to the reputation they have abroad...   Yes, I'm bitter.) the run-up to the big day was painful to say the least. Obviously I didn't get even the smallest of presents from anyone, but I spent the evening with two of my favourite things in the world - wine and lasagne!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Song of The Week

Liberi is the beautiful new single from Tiromancino - the first in three years from the Roman band. The video is the tale of a caged bird who becomes libero - free.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday Classic

Way back in 1964, Bobby Solo was at No.1 in Italy with Una lacrima sul viso ('a tear on the face').