I found this song on one of my dad’s Italian compilation CDs and I’ve always really like the chorus in particular. I can’t find much information about the song, but it was performed by Tony Cucchiara and here’s the original courtesy of YouTube. I hope you enjoy this song.
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.
I’ve decided to have a bit of an Italian weekend on 365 Songs. I first heard this song in an Italian restaurant in London and thought it was a brilliant pop song, complete with a harmonica solo! I’ve not included the harmonica solo in my version. Bambino Nel Tempo was recorded by Italian pop king Eros Ramazzotti and the lyrics are about the nostalgia felt by adults when they think back to their youth. Here’s a video of Ramazzotti performing the song live if you’re interested.
Today’s song is the Canto de Meditación from Carlos Mejía Godoy’s Misa Campesina Nicaragüense. Perhaps not the most well known tune I’ve played, but this song and in fact the whole of the Misa Campesina is a personal favourite. I was introduced to the Misa Campesina while studying Latin American music with Mike González at Glasgow University and ended up doing a special study on it as part of my degree.
The Misa Campesina combined Nicaraguan folk music with liberation theology and was composed in the artistic community of Solentiname in the southern end of Lake Nicaragua. Given the non-conformist lyrics the mass was quickly banned by the church in Nicaragua. However it grew in popularity as it was used at clandestine celebrations which spread through the country.
This particular song’s lyrics include the following lines:
Before the day breaks
the birds of the mountains
give us their melodies,
their guises and zenzontes.
The sonorous pecking
of a carpenter is heard
who is constructing his house
in the top of a tree,
and a sparrow jumps
from one branch to another, nearby.
Just like these little birds,
today I sing to you, Lord,
and ask you to unite us
in strength and in love.
I praise you a thousand times
because you were also a rebel,
fighting night and day
against the injustice of humanity.
If you’re interested, here’s a video of the original complete with Spanish lyrics to sing along.
I’m not quite sure where I first heard this song, but it has made its way onto my Spotify Starred list in the past few months, probably because I’ve spent so much time travelling. Already Home is a lovely song by the US duo A Great Big World and it appeared on their 2014 album Is There Anybody Out There and was later released as a single. Here’s the original video of the song – I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you enjoy my performance!
Today’s song is Bob Dylan’s 1962 song Blowin’ In The Wind. It can be considered a protest song, but basically asks a series of rhetorical questions about war, peace and freedom, and stating that the answer to these questions is “blowin’ in the wind”. The random fact about today’s song is that in 1975 it was included as poetry in a Sri Lankan high school English textbook, but this caused controversy as the song replaced Shakespeare texts in a previous edition of the textbook!
Today I’m playing a beautiful song by Sting which dates from 1987. Fragile appeared on the …Nothing Like The Sun album, and I actually first heard the Portuguese version of the song which was included on Sting’s EP Nada Come El Sol. The song is a tribute to an American civil engineer, Ben Linder, who was killed by Nicaraguan Contras in 1987 while working on a hydroelectric project.
Today’s song is the 1989 song Nothing Ever Happens by Scottish band Del Amitri. It’s an anthem to the banality of everyday life and about how we’re mostly oblivious to the world around us: “the Martians could land in the car park and no-one would care”. This is my antidote to the cheesiness of the past few days’ Eurovision numbers!
Here’s the last of my Eurovision songs to celebrate the contest tonight in Vienna. The reason it’s taking place in Vienna is because last year, Conchita Wurst sang Rise Like A Phoenix as the Austrian entry and ended up winning the contest. I hope you’ve enjoyed my Eurovision-themed week. Normal service will resume tomorrow… 😉
It had to happen… Here’s the 1981 Eurovision winner from UK group Bucks Fizz. The contest was held in Dublin that year and Bucks Fizz beat Germany’s entry by only four points, but Making Your Mind Up has entered Eurovision history as a result. Random fact of the day: the famous “skirt rip” routine of this song was repeated by Mick Jagger and Tina Turner in the 1985 Live Aid concert.