Today’s song is Andrea Bocelli’s Mille Lune Mille Onde (“A thousand moons, a thousand waves”) from his 2001 album Cieli di Toscana (“Tuscan skies”). It was written by Francesco Sartori, Claudio Corradini and Lucio Quarantotto, the same writing team behind the beautiful Con Te Partirò. I had never heard this song until last week when my mum mentioned it! Curiously it is the official song of all the Barilla pasta TV adverts – conjuring up images of moon-shaped pasta and wavy tagliatelle…
This is the final song in my Italian weekend on 365 Songs. Today I’m playing the song Caruso, written by Lucio Dalla and recorded by many artists, including Dalla himself, Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and many more. The exact meaning of the song is unclear, but the lyrics are assumed to tell the tale of the last days of the singer Enrico Caruso leading up to his death in 1921. Interestingly the confusion surrounds the Italian words used in the chorus as it’s unclear whether Caruso is addressing his wife or his daughter: the chorus begins with the phrase “ti voglio bene”, meaning “I love you”, but this phrase tends to be used more with family members or close friends, rather than in the sense of a romantic love.
It’s Italian weekend on 365 Songs, so here’s a lovely Italian folk song called Vieni Sul Mar. It has been recorded by hundreds of artists and a search on Spotify reveals performances by all the great Italian singers: Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza, Andrea Bocelli, and many more. I hope you enjoy today’s tune.