Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Classic

Here's another proper classic of Italian music. Per Elisa (which my slightly rusty German skillz tell me is the Italian translation of 'Für Elise') is by Alice from 1981.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Word of The Week

Il riscaldamento - heating

By law in Italy you're only allowed to use central heating between October 15th and April 15th. But if you're lucky enough to be able to control it yourself there's nothing physically stopping you from turning it on before or after those dates. As it happened this year the heating came on during a period of unseasonably warm weather, in Milan it's been warmer these last few days than it was for parts of August! And that was after a rainy weekend where I tried unsuccessfully to dry my washing...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Nerys's Guide to Italian Music - Fabi Silvestri Gazzè

One of the most interesting things in Italian music for me this year is the collaboration between singer-songwriters and friends Niccolò Fabi, Daniele Silvestri, and Max Gazzè. Their first single together, Life is sweet, is one of my favourites from this year.

All three were born in Rome, Niccolò Fabi in 1968. His first single Dica, is one of my favourites of his, and a song I've been listening to a lot recently.

My favourite song of his is also one of my absolute favourite Italian songs of all time. It's Lasciarsi un giorno a Roma from 1998.

Daniele Silvestri was also born in 1968, and his first single was released in 1994. My favourite song of his earlier years is Le cose in comune, his third single which was released in 1995

A song of his I listen to a lot is Salirò. As it's from 2002 - before I even started studying Italian - I have no idea how I got to know it though! The video's fantastic!

All three had previously worked together on various occassions before this year. The beautiful Sornione from Silvestri's 2011 album S.C.O.T.C.H and features Fabi.

Max Gazzè was born Massimiliano Gazzè in 1967, and I must admit that he's my least favourite of the three. Even so, there are a few songs of his that I really like, such as Una musica può fare from 1999.

There's also A cuore scalzo from 2010, which was one of my favourite Italian songs that year.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

365 Days of Happy - Days 61 to 90

It's time for another recap! (Yes, I'm late again.)

Day 61: A bright and breezy lunchtime.

Day 62: Chocolate & orange biscuits for breakfast.

Day 63: It's not too warm for some hot blackcurrant!

Day 64: I can fit into my size 8 jeans again!!

Day 65: A relaxing Friday night...

Day 66: Watch ALL the shows!

Day 67: Breakfaaaaast

Day 68: Booking another trip!

Day 69: Some feel-good music.

Day 70: A well-deserved day off from my diet.

Day 71: New book!

Day 72: Favourite dress!

Day 73: Another spotty dress - this time one that finally fits!

Day 74: Everybody's got a novel inside them waiting to come out...

Day 75: Boots international delivery FTW!

Day 76: Stocked up on Nespresso capsules.

Day 77: And I tried out the limited edition capsule.

Day 78: After a loong day I can finally relax.

Day 79: Zombies!

Day 80: The return of the onesie!!

Day 81: New Murakami!

Day 82: A cuppa tea always helps, even if the doctor orders you off dairy...

Day 83: Omnomnom.

Day 84: I was very excited about reading this book!

Day 85: Hopefully the stomach bug's now gone, so I'm risking a proper breakfast...

Day 86: Oooh shiny new radio!

Day 87: Early morning in Piazza Duomo.

Day 88: Sunday night treat - pasta & salmon.

Day 89: Where I wanted to be all day...

Day 90: Il desiderio di essere come tutti

Sunday Classic

Non sono una signora really is a classic of Italian music. It's by Loredana Berté from 1982.