Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

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No Fear

January 9, 2008

This song will forever remind me of decorating the Christmas tree, 2007. My favorite part from the song comes at the end:

A parte che i tempi stringono
e tu li vorresti allargaree
intanto si allarga la nebbia
e avresti potuto vivere al mare
ed anche le stelle cadono
alcune sia fuori che dentro
e un desiderio che esprimite
ne rimangono fuori altri cento..

I’m terrible at translating but it goes something like this:

Apart form the time that becomes less
while you would like to have more
meanwhile the fog grows
and you could have lived by the sea
and the stars fall
some of them outside
some of them within
for every desire you express
you have one hundred wishes left…

Click here to see the video Niente Paura by Ligabue on YouTube.

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In Memoriam

September 6, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti (October 12, 1935 – September 6, 2007)

My all-time favorite song by Pavarotti is Caruso, live with Lucio Dalla.

So I give you the lyrics first in Italian and then in English, and finally the video.

Caruso (written by Lucio Dalla)

Qui dove il mare luccica
e tira forte il vento
su una vecchia terrazza davanti al golfo di Sorrento
un uomo abbraccia una ragazza
dopo che aveva pianto
poi si schiarisce la voce e ricomincia il canto:

Te voglio bene assai
ma tanto tanto bene sai
e’ una catena ormai
che scioglie il sangue dint’ e’ vene sai…

Vide le luci in mezzo al mare
pensò alle notti la in America
ma erano solo le lampare
e la bianca scia di un’elica
sentì il dolore nella musica
si alzò dal Pianoforte
ma quando vide la luna uscire da una nuvola
gli sembrò più dolce anche la morte
Guardò negli occhi la ragazza
quegli occhi verdi come il mare
poi all’improvviso uscì una lacrima
e lui credette di affogare.

Te voglio bene assai
ma tanto tanto bene sai
e’ una catena ormai
e scioglie il sangue dint’e vene sai…

Potenza della lirica
dove ogni dramma e’ un falso
che con un po’ di trucco e con la mimica
puoi diventare un altro
Ma due occhi che ti guardano
così vicini e veri
ti fanno scordare le parole
confondono i pensieri.

Così diventò tutto piccolo
anche le notti la in America
ti volti e vedi la tua vita
come la scia di un’elica.

Ah si, e’ la vita che finisce
ma lui non ci pensò poi tanto
anzi si sentiva felice
e ricominciò il suo canto:

Te voglio bene assai
ma tanto tanto bene sai
e’ una catena ormai
che scioglie il sangue dint’e vene sai…
Te voglio bene assai
ma tanto tanto bene sai
e’ una catena ormai
che scioglie il sangue dint’e vene sai…

Here, where the sea shines
and the wind howls,
on the old terrace beside the gulf of Sorrento,
a man embraces a girl
he wept after,
then clears his throat and continues the song:

I love you very much,
very, very much, you know;
it is a chain by now
that melts the blood inside the veins, you know…

He saw the lights out on the sea,
thought of the nights there in America,
but they were only the fishermen’s lamps
and the white wash astern.
He felt the pain in the music
and stood up from the piano,
but when he saw the moon emerging from a cloud
death also seemed sweeter to him.
He looked the girl in the eyes,
those eyes as green as the sea.
Then suddenly a tear fell
and he believed he was drowning.

I love you very much,
very, very much, you know,
it is a chain by now
that melts the blood inside the vein you know…

The power of opera,
where every drama is a hoax;
with a little make-up and with mime
you can become someone else.
But two eyes that look at you,
so close and real,
make you forget the words,
confuse your thoughts,
So everything became small,
also the nights there in America.
You turn and see your life
through the white wash astern.

But, yes, it is life that ends
and he did not think so much about it
on the contrary, he already felt happy
and continued his song:

I love you very much,
very, very much, you know,
it is a chain by now
that melts the blood inside the veins, you know…

I love you very much,
very, very much, you know,
it is a chain by now
that melts the blood inside the veins, you know…

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Chocolate Rain

August 22, 2007

By Tay Zonday. Hehe.

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Video Picks

July 28, 2007

Righeira – Vamos a la playa. This reminds me of a summer I spent with my cousins in Rome many, many moons ago. It’s a stupid catchy song.

Skin – Purple. One of last summer’s songs.

Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita.  Another song that reminds me of summer in Rome, ages ago.

Raf – L’infinito. Still love this song and so does my two-year old daughter. Especially the ending, she loves to belt out the “ooooooooooh ooooh ooooooooooooh, l’infinitoooooooooooooo”.

Zero Assoluto – Minimalisimi.  One of my favorite Italian groups.

-Because I like to expose you to Italian music. 🙂

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Summer Video Picks

July 12, 2007

In anticipation of the upcoming Stinni & Kerrie Weekend Fest, I chose the first two songs. The next two are my favorite summer jams. The last song you can read about below.

New Edition – Can You Stand the Rain. The ORIGINAL Boston Boy Band. We always sing this song; even when I’m in Kuwait and she’s in the States, we call each other and sing this one. We make my husband watch us sing this song. I always sing Johnny Gill’s part while Kerrie gets the better Ralph Tresvant part. Yes, I just pulled both of those names out of my head. I need help.

Benny Mardones – Into the Night. Another one we sing all the time. We actually got up and sang this one at a bar on karaoke night many years ago. What can I say? We’re geeks at heart.

Will Smith – Summertime. This one gets me in a summer mood every year. Thoughts of firing up the grill and just hanging out with family in the backyard go through my head every time I hear this one.

Jamiroquai – Seven Days in Sunny June. Ok, so it’s July. Same effect though.

Deon Estus – Heaven Help Me. When this song came out in the 80s, Kerrie and I changed the word “heaven” to my brother’s name “Kevin” and teased him until he got super-aggravated. We STILL do it. (In fact, she just e-mailed me the lyrics but changed every single heaven with Kevin.) We both need serious help.

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*Hint Hint* Videos

June 30, 2007

John Denver – Leaving on a Jet Plane. I have a feeling my cousin Kerrie will get a kick out of the video. I think she secretly lusts after him.

Paula Cole – I Don’t Want to Wait. The theme show for Dawson’s Creek which took place in a fictional town on Cape Cod (or was it Cape Anne?). Half of my family members remind me of typical New Englanders: prim and proper and very nice. They wouldn’t even think of using a cuss word, even when they’re angry…

The Soprano’s Theme Song. …while the other half of my family members remind me of The Sopranos. Minus the violence and guns, natch. Watching this show is like watching my own family.

The Standells – Dirty Water. “Well I love that dirty water, oh, Boston, you’re my home.

Chris Daughtry – Home. “But these places and these faces are getting old, So I’m going home. Well I’m going home.

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Hot Weather, Hot Guys

June 18, 2007

I went mainstream in my video picks for some cutie patooties. What can I say? I appreciate good art.

Chris Daughtry – I once referred to him as “that little hottie on American Idol who has that Vin Diesel look going on.” My husband wasn’t impressed with that statement.

Craig David & Sting – Someone got into my brain and pulled out my two favorite types of men. The bad boy smooth operator and the sophisticated snooty intelligent Brit and put them in the same video. God bless you whoever you are.

Nek – Italian. You knew there was going to be at least one on my list. For the other one, go to my vodpod page and check out Alessandro Safina.

Adam Rodriguez – You didn’t think I was talking about horse-faced Lionel Richie, right? No, no, no. Adam Rodriguez (a.k.a. Eric Delco from CSI Miami) reminds me of my husband when he was young and bold enough to shave off his moustache for one summer. I beg him to do it every year but he refuses. It’s a macho man thing.

Robbie Williams – Sometimes he looks like a smelly criminal, and at other times, like this video, he looks oh so nice.