Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Jovanotti in the video 'Serenata Rap'Lorenzo Cherubini, aka Jovanotti, is an italian singer and songwriter (they are named "cantautori" in Italy). He is interesting due to the fact that his music is versatile and different to the romantic music most of us are used from Italy. Jovanotti likes to experiment- his music is influenced by Rap and Hip Hop and his lyrics are quite daring -but touching at the same time.

Jovanotti's music has played a big a part of my teenager years (in the 90's) and has sentimental value to me. I remember the time where his great song "Serenata Rap" came out and it was being played on the radio stations all day long. I really loved this song and the way he expresses himself in it; I enjoyed watching its video in particular because it is funny (yet somewhat scary :)) to see.

Later on when I learned some italian and could understand the lyrics of his songs, I fancied Jovanotti even more, because they are lets say..refreshing. My favorite album of him is "Lorenzo Raccolta" and the songs that stand out according to me (besides "Serenata Rap" of course) are "Penso Positivo" ("I think positive") and L'ombelico Del Mondo" ("The Navel of the World") because it is very positive and uplifting. I recommend this album, especially if you like Rap music.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Eros Ramazzotti-Per Me Per Sempre

Italian Lyrics Translation

Today I'll to try to make use of my first Italian language skills and translate one of my favorite songs of Eros Ramazzotti, "Per Me Per Sempre". Please send me a comment should you see any mistakes.

Per Me Per Sempre(For Me, For Ever)

Album: "Stile Libero"(2000). Sony International

Io vorrei che migliaia di farfalle
colorassero l'aria intorno a me
poi vorrei vederle tutte quante
come un vestito posarsi su di te
Così...vorrei cosi
Così...sognarti cosi
Quando la festa comincera
tu sarai regina
tutta la gente si fermera
a guardarti stupita
Per i miei occhi tu splenderai
bella come il sole
infiniti voli del cuore
infinita felicita
quando penso che tu sei per me
per sempre
Poi come fa il vento con le rose
vorrei spogliarti soffiando su di te
Cosi...vorrei cosi
cosi...amarti cosi
Quando la festa poi finira
torneremo a terra
tutta la gente si ricordera
d'aver visto una stella
Per i miei occi tu splenderai
bella come il sole
infiniti voli del cuore
infinita felicita
quando penso che tu sei per me
per sempre

I would like that thousands of butterflies
color the air around me
then I would like to see all of them
be worn like a dress on you
this way, I would like it this way
this way, I dream of you this way
when the celebration begins
you will be a queen
all people will halt
to look at you astonished
for my eyes you will shine
beautiful like the sun
infinite flights of the heart
inifinite happiness
when I consider that you are for me
for ever
then, like the wind does with the roses
I would like it to undress you while blowing on you
this way, I would like it this way
this way I love you like
when the celebration then ends
we will return to earth
all the people will remember
having seen a star
for my eyes you will shine
beautiful like the sun
infinite flights of the heart
infinite happiness
when I consider that you are for me
for ever

I believe this song is like a fairytale and so is its video. Here it is embedded for you so you can have a complete view of the song.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Un Attimo Di Pace by Eros Ramazzotti

I may overdo it with videos lately, but this video(or is it Ramazzotti himself?) is so-very-nice , that I couldn't resist!
Enjoy "Un Attimo Di Pace"(2003) by Eros Ramazzotti, talking about a moment of peace on earth.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

FIFA World Cup (Mundial) 2006-La Squadra Azzurra

The Italian World Champions of Mundial 2006("gli Azzurri"), singing their football hymn, "Cuore Azzurro"- a song originally sung by Pooh. All the earnings went to the victims of violence in Sierra Leone.
A very nice song it is, and the lyrics are so uplifting! Well yes, they may not be the best singers ever- but who cares? They are the world champions!!! (...and so gorgeous as well, aren't they?)


PS. I know I am really behind time for posting this, but I have found the video just today:(

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Lucio Dalla

Lucio Dalla is a singer (and great songwriter) with a lifetime career, an artist who is also very popular in Greece-and rightly so.

You probably know Lucio Dalla because of his tribute to Ayrton Sena (the F1 driver who was killed at Imola in 1995)-or probably you are familiar with his worldwide hit "Caruso", dedicated to the tenor of the 20th century Enrico Caruso who passed away too early.

When you listen to "Caruso", you almost feel like crying (out of joy) Click here for the lyrics of "Caruso" with a translation in english. There are also some further versions of this song, like the one of Lara Fabian- well, personally, I don't want to listen to any other than the original.

But one shouldn' t stick to "Caruso", there is much more to Lucio Dalla... listen to songs of him like "Tutta La Vita", "Stella di Mare" or "Felicita"- they are wonderful, I am sure you will enjoy! Especially his song "Felicita", I must have listened to for more than 100 times :-)

I think that if Lucio Dalla didn' t become a singer, he surely would become a comedian or something of that kind. His way of acting and expressing and his videoclips always have a funny note..what I find most enjoyable is, that he also makes a little fun of himself, especially of his small height. He must have a great personality.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Andrea Bocelli's Concert in New York!!

Andrea Bocelli will be performing today, September 9, in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for the last time in this tour.

How lucky must one be to live in New York on moments like this! If you do, I envy you- nothing more to say here :)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli is a tenor from Tuscany and one of the greatest representatives in classical music! Well, actually not entirely classical, since Bocelli can sing everything from arias to pop ballads...

Andrea Bocelli is a tenor who "sings with his soul" and is also successful as a writer and music producer. He is known to be a very calm and sophisticated person and always has a heart for charitable events.

Andrea Bocelli was discovered in 1992 by Zucchero Fornaciari, when Zucchero was seeking for a tenor to record a demo of his song "Miserere". First, Zucchero was having Luciano Pavarotti in his mind, but then he came upon Andrea Bocelli and was enthused over him. When later on Pavarotti listened to the demo of Bocelli, he commended:"Who is this man? You don’t need me, I couldn’t do better!"

From then on, Bocelli has accomplished incredible things in music, despite his blindness.

His duet with the soprano Sarah Brightman "Con Te Partirò"("Time To Say Goodbye") has sold more than one million copies worldwide, his duet with Eros Ramazzotti, "Musica E" (Music Is)- a blend of pop and classical music- become a smash hit... Bocelli has even won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for the song "The Prayer"-a duet with Celine Dion!

My favorite song is "Sogno", I think it's just wonderful!

One of the greatest moment in Andrea Bocelli's career and life was when he was selected by Pope John Paul II to record the hymn for the Great Jubilee (Gloria a Te, Cristo Gesù), included in his album of 1999, "Sacred Arias".

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Sappi Amore Mio - Biagio Antonacci

..an acoustical and optical delight :)
Here are the lyrics from the beginning of the song:
"Questo sono io,
tutta una vita per cercare di capire
il finto inverno misto quasi a eterno sole
cercare di capire
se poi la fine è stata, è meglio rinunciare ..."
Biaggio Antonacci by Universal Music
Biagio Antonacci is one of the most remarkable singers Italy has to present.

Biagio Antonacci is, to me, the stereotype of the italian man; handsome, serious yet very expressive, and dark. He has built an image having rather long, dark hair, but now his hair is much shorter and I think it suits him very much- it makes him look more mature.

I love his voice and his songs are very poetic, most of them ballads. One of the most significant works in his career is the song "Tra Te e Il Mare", which he wrote for Laura Pausini. They perform one version of this song as a duet.

There is a song of him called "Non e Mai Stato Subito", which has drawn special attention several years ago. Rumour has it that the basic idea of Madonna's video of "Ray of Light" was taken from this song's video.

One of my favorite songs of Antonacci is "Iris Tra Le Tue Poesie", talking about the impact a girl's love for him has in his heart and soul. Very poetic as well is his new song and single, "Pazzo Di Lei" ("Crazy about her") - it's an earworm, I keep humming it :)

Monday, September 04, 2006

Laura Pausini

Grammy Award of Best Latin Pop Album 2006!

Laura Pausini is one of the most famous italian artists with worldwide recognition. She is both a songwriter and a singer, with a wonderful voice, very emotional and perfectly clear, full of tenderness.

Most of the songs of hers are italian but have been translated in the spanish language also, since she and her songs are extremely popular in Latin America. As for the United States, what to say... Laura Pausini has won the Grammy Award of best latin pop album 2006! No other italian female singer has achieved this before!

The song that landed a breakthrough in her singing career was "La Solitudine" ("the solitude"), which she first sang at the very young age of 19. The song is talking about a little boy and friend called Marco, who has left home and she is missing very much.

That was back in 1993. Since then, Laura Pausini has always been in the charts. Songs of hers like "Non c'e" ("There is nothing (like...)"), "E Ritorno Da Te"("And I am returning to you") and "Gente"("People") have become huge songs in many parts of the World. Another song of hers I particularly like is "Tra Te e il Mare" ("Between you and the sea"), which sounds best when she sings it in a duet with Biaggio Antonacci! Other duets of hers are with NEK, Gilberto Gil, and last but not least, Marc Anthony and Marco Antonio Solis. The three were performing this summer on a 20-city US-tour called "Juntos en Concierto" ("Together in Concert") (
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Listen to Laura Pausini, and its going to be a unique acoustical experience for you!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Paola e Chiara

Paola e Chiara are two sisters from Milan, Italy who are considered the "Queens of Pop" in Italy.

Paola e Chiara are former members of the pop band 883 and are best known for their latin -rhythm hits like "Vamos a Bailar" and "Viva" and the controversy they caused in 2003 with the apocalyptic video of their song "Kamasutra".

Very nice listening to are also ballads like "Anni Luce" or "Amoridai", Paola and Chiara have very clean and mild voices.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tiziano Ferro

Now here is an artist that has caused much controversy in Italy and the Latin world: Tiziano Ferro. He is a young singer, only 26, making his debut album "Rosso Relativo", back in 2002-however, Tiziano Ferro is already a very "talked-about" personality due to the negative comments he once made in the italian TV Show "Che tempo che fa", concerning mexican women's beauty.

Anyways, there are songs which are worth listening to, like "Rosso Relativo" or "Xdono"- although some may consider their sound a little violent. His romantic song "Imbranato"(clumsiness) is an exception to this and is accompanied by a great video

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

One new discovery from me.. a video, once again, it is from Adriano Celentano.

L'Arcobaleno - The rainbow- to me it's the most beautiful song of Adriano Celentano.
Celentano has a suprisingly sensitive performance in this song; it is a very poetic song, with extraordinary lyrics as always; pay particular attention to the video, every detail is very interesting and "off the beaten track".


A true legend of italian music is Zucchero(Fornaciari)!

I really like Zucchero very much, his style, his voice, his songs, everything. Zucchero means "sugar" in italian..well he may look sweet at times, but I wouldnt consider his voice being equally sweet-surely his voice has a great sensitivity, but its rather raw and strong in my opinion.

Zucchero is famous for the performance of the great "Senza Una Donna"(without a woman) with Paul Young in 1987, and lately he is in the charts again with his: "Baila Morena" (dance moraine)- in spanish this time.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Irene Grandi

Some days ago I listened to Irene Grandi for the first time and I think she is truly extraordinary! Her voice is sweet and raw and very sensual.

I searched for information online about her and found a great videoclip of hers in www.youtube.com . Its from a song called "Se mi vuoi" (if you want me) where she performs together with Pino Daniele; a special video, both acoustically because their two voices match really well, and also visually. The video is shot in a very quiet,isolated room were the two of them are staying together all day, expressing their love for each other and Irene Grandi looks amazingly beautiful and with a great style.

I liked this video so much that I watched it dozens of times , all in one day, one after another...
Also wonderful is her song "Dolcissimo Amore", I recommend it.
gianna nannini grazie
Gianna Nannini is a legendary rockstar in Italy, in her own feminine way. Gianna Nannini is
a woman with definitely LOTS of energy! I particularly like her way of performing, because it is very happy... it's like she is laughing when she sings.

Special songs of her with great sentimental value for me are "I maschi" and "Bello e impossibile", both songs of the 80s.

Also very famous in Italy is her younger brother Alessandro Nannini, a Formula One driver in Italy who unfortunately had to quit his career because of an accident with a helicopter he had and lost his hand.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Al Bano and Romina Power, the most romantic couple of the 80s in Italy

Back in the 80s in Germany where I grew up they were so popular, everybody loved them!
I remember going to the gelateria(ice cream shop) with my family, and all the time their song "Felicita" was being played. Still I get sentimental when I listen to it. One of the most beautiful songs of them is the ballad "Soltanto Tu" (Only you), very romantic, and another one I love and get very emotional of is "Liberta" (freedom).

Now the couple has separated and many people believe it is due to the fact their daughter Ylenia went missing 1994 in New Orleans and never returned. Her parents suspect she has been put under a spell by a street musician, but there are people claiming that they saw her taking a swim in the river Mississippi and drowned by accident.

Gigi D' Alessio is a singer mostly famous in Italy and in my opinion is truly special; once you listen to him you will recognize his voice very easily. He mainly sings in Neapolitan dialect, so its rather difficult to understand the lyrics; still, I really enjoy listening to his songs. One of the nicest and most popular songs of Gigi D'alessio is "Amore Mio" and lately he performs vaious songs with the newcomer of San Remo, Anna Tatangelo.

Gigi D' Alessio has also written the soundtracks of several musicals, I enjoyed the music of "Cient' Anne",it is very special!

Monday, August 14, 2006

I found the videoclip of Celentano's Fuoco!

Once again, I think he is GREAT

Every day I like Adriano Celentano more and more...

He is a multi-talent- actor, singer, songwriter and currently presenter in italian TV, if I am not mistaken.

I knew about him ever since I was a child, where we used to watch his movies with my father...but at that time I didnt pay special attention to him.

During the last years, a "wave" started here in Greece and they were playing great italian songs on the radio (covered in the greek language unfortunately).

Out of curiosity I did a kind of research on the web and found out they were actually songs of Celentano. Then I bought a CD of him and this way I "re-discovered" him.

My opinion, he is one of a kind: unique, that means you either like him or you don't. Either way, once you hear his songs they remain in your memory because he has a special style of exression, a strong, but calm voice, full of "attitude". Try listening to "Ancora Vivo" or "Fuoco", they are songs I never get enough listening!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

If you are fond of italian music like me, then you definitely know Eros Ramazzotti!
He is one of the best and the most popular singers Italy has to offer.
His voice is soft and his lyrics touching and meaningful! Plus, he is very good looking, but this is second priority.
"Dove C'e Musica" is one of his most popular albums, I like the song "Adesso Tu" most, since it brings me back to very special moments!
Below the best part of Adesso tu...
"ed ho imparato che nella vita
nessuno mai ci da di più
ma quanto fiato quanta salita
andare avanti senza voltarsi mai"
"and I have learnt that in life
nobody never gives us more
what a breath, what a rise
getting on but never turning back..."