Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine Day with Italian lesson #2

The Italian pop singer most known abroad is arguably Laura Pausini (although I'm not a fan, she's undoubtely very good), who won the Sanremo Music Festival (the most important in Italy, now about to have its 60th edition this upcoming week) in 1993, while the most popular in Italy is rockstar Vasco Rossi, whom I'll write about in one of the next lessons. If you want to listen to Laura Pausini's songs, here's a selection of those with the lyrics written in the videos.

But today my choice for this Italian lesson comes from the current Italian top ten chart, with Noemi together with a great perfomer, Fiorella Mannoia, who never won Sanremo (shame!) but won twice in a row the critics award in 1987-88. Here we go, obviously with lyrics!

Eventually, after "old" Mannoia, another great young talent: Giusy Ferreri with a cover version of late composer Rino Gaetano. With this you have been enjoying three great Italian singers of different generations and coming from different parts of the country: Pausini is 36, from Northern Italy; Mannoia is 56, from Rome in the middle; and Ferreri is 30, from Sicily in the South.

Happy Valentine Day and enjoy this Italian lesson in music with lyrics!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Among the new widgets you see in the left-hand sidebar is Amref - the African Medical and Research Foundation - with headquarters in Nairobi. Click on the widget or here on Amref on Wikipedia to learn more

Friday, February 5, 2010

Italian lesson #1

Here at the school of the girls we have a new subject: lessons in Italian language!

Of course Rebecca and the girls know international language English, but Italian is superior, another thing altogether: it's the language of art, music, poetry, love and inspiration.

It'll be fun as my lessons are gonna be musical, starting with Elisa Toffoli, or simply Elisa, the most talented young Italian singer, with her lyrics in English:

... but now get the same song translated into Italian. Are you ready? There we go!

That was Italian lesson #1. More will follow. In the meantime, enjoy the latest one by Elisa (with lyrics in Italian only, try and translate). Anyway, open comments for the lyrics

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Because the night (belongs to lovers), with Patti, Bruce and the U2

Greatest poetress of rock of all times, Patti Smith, performing Because the Night, co-written with rock legend Bruce Springsteen. In this extraordinary video they sing together in 2009, 33 years on. The band supporting the two guys: nothing less than the U2...!

Unfortunately, the audio is bad. Watch below for a better sound (but without Bruce and Bono), and open comments to read the lyrics

Greatest Love of all

Hello Pals,
Over the few weeks we have been going through Whitney Houston's song Greatest love of all.
And I realized a truth out of it.

"... I found the greatest love of all inside of me
the greatest love of all it is easy to achieve
Learning to love your self
It is the greatest love of all"

Over the past weeks this song has been very inspirational to not that it is old but the beautiful word inside it that made me go on. if you have listened to it go through the words one by one and you will know what I mean. Greatest love of all is learning to love your self because if you dont love love your self you will not love anyone else because or Christians: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. which meanns if you dont love you self you will never love your neighbour or anyone else.
So the greatest love of all is starting to love yourself and hence you can love others more.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Welcome to the Hamburger

Congratulations to 22-y-o McDonald "Hamburger" Mariga, football player for the Kenya national team and from today for Inter Milan, one of the greatest teams on earth. With this move the lucky guy, first Kenyan to play in Italy, has already virtually won the Italian Serie A, as Inter is currently 8 points ahead of AC Milan and Roma.