Singing is revolutionary!


Rush hour on the metro. Three young Italian lasses about 15 years old are singing English songs. They are happy. Nice voices. Nice clean faces.
It doesn’t often happen that you hear people singing on the metro. Years ago, when I was a child, it was different. When someone hinted at a tune, all the others would join in like a choir of the Alpini soldiers.
A passenger sitting near one of the young students told them off in a loud voice. They reply that it’s a public place and they can sing. A lady adds: “What would happen if everyone were to sing? Stay silent!” The passengers in the carriage indicated agreement and looked on with disapproval. Grey and silent.
Yes. What would happen if everyone were to sing?
To be happy and to sing in public is a revolutionary act in Italy. It’s annoying, it’s disturbing. Why? I’m asking you that question.
I would like to offer you an invitation. Sing on the tram. On the bus. On the metro. On the train. On the ferry. Whatever you like. I can just suggest a couple of possibilities whose words I’m giving here: Brothers of Italy and V-day.

Brothers of Italy

“Brothers of Italy,
Italy has arisen,
With Scipio's helmet
binding her head.
Where is Victory?
Let her bow down,
For God has made her
The slave of Rome.

Let us unite and love one another;
Union and love
Show the people
The way of the Lord
Let us swear to free
Our native soil;
United under God,
Who can defeat us?

“September 8 is the feast of Our Lady
On this feast of Our Lady the crowds are demonstrating and protesting
Against Italy that is sinking, it gets to the runway but it doesn’t take off
hands in the sack all sticky as though with glue
This is the umpteenth porky but now you are not keeping afloat
here the boat is going straight down because there’s a hole in the bottom
oh dear there’s no solution
we need a peaceful encirclement
This is an invitation, all raise their middle finger
Honourable, Honourable… (F..k off)
This is dis-honourable… (F..k off)
Honourable, Honourable… (F..k off)
really improper (F..k off)

Sing, film and publish on YouTube with the tag: “V-day-song”. I’ll publish the best film clips. To be happy is revolutionary!

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Ciao Beppe, Am reading a fabulous biography about the life of Christina Belgiojosa.....I'm sure she would have approved of your singing...ah, what music was once to this nation

Posted by: Francesca Senn | October 20, 2007 10:54 AM

Ciao Beppe, Am reading a fabulous biography about the life of Christina Belgiojosa.....I'm sure she would have approved of your singing...ah, what music was once to this nation

Posted by: Francesca Senn | October 20, 2007 10:54 AM

DISASTRO IN SARDEGNA e nessuno ne parla

Correggetemi se sbaglio, ma se leggete i giornali italiani e non ne saprete niente. ln Inghilterra l’Independent pubblica un dettagliato articolo:
Per errori della regione migliaia di contadini sardi sono costretti a vendere all’asta le proprie terre a prezzi ridicoli. Diverse famiglie fanno lo SCIOPERO DELLA FAME da giorni. Chi cerca di opporsi alla vendita riceve MINACCE DI MORTE.
Chi sono i compratori? SPECULATORI EDILI che non vedono l’ora di fare una bella gettata di cemento sulla verde Sardegna.
Come mai non viene pubblicata questa notizia? Certo, se nessuno ne sa niente gli sciacalli possono comprare a prezzi ancora più ridotti. Non sarà che qualcuno dopo essersi fatto diversi appartamenti a Roma vuole anche investire in Sardegna?
Parlatene, fate circolare la notizia!

Ulteriori info:

Posted by: Grillo Hannoverano | October 14, 2007 11:25 AM

Whenever somebody wants to shut you up and prevent you from singing, piss on their leg!

Once Mozart said that "who doesn't laugh is a clown".

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | October 12, 2007 09:11 PM

Sad, but true.

Being happy is, not only annoying to lot of sad
people, but actually revolutionary and dangerous.

Happy people, are people who are not living in
fear all the times, and always worried, as someone else would like them to.

Happy people are dangerous !

They could set the WRONG EXAMPLE for others !

They could be CONTAGIOUS !

It is sad to see that the "shepherds" do not need the sheep dogs anymore in order to keep people in constant fear, the other sheep themselves, will take care of doing the sheep dog's work.

Posted by: Stefano Manfreo | October 12, 2007 02:32 PM

I can see the scene on the metro, what a pity, the home of VERDI, BELLINI, DONIZETTI,PAGANINI,PUCCINI,ROSSINI,VIVALDI and so many more,
In Italy , to be a musician is still considered a hobby, and you will often find people asking musicians what there real job is!

Young ladies carry on singing, and when they tell you to be quite , turn the other way and sing a little louder, music is the language of the soul, and reaches places where words have always failed......

Posted by: dee Cozier | October 12, 2007 10:52 AM

Hello everyone,
Italy and Italians will never change.
To demonstrate the demise of this one time very proud and prolific Country, now even at the European Parliament level Italy will be declassed to second tier level.
Although by population (England has more resident but less Citizen, same thing for France!) the 3 nations are very similar (The UK is not on the Euro’s bandwagon and therefore only gets benefits without all the related penalties actually gets a rebate on the disbursements to the EU budget?) well not anymore!
Now Italy and Italians have to realize and face the fact that the world and Europe are progressing at a speed unimaginable in Italy, whilst the Captain are busy themselves creating an even bigger Party for you.
Cheer the newly created McDonald Party for the masses, same people new name, lots of nice words and promises and all of this for a Euro.
What a deal, a deal like this can only happen once a generation!
How long is a generation?
Well well well, a generation is surely longer than a Government Legislature (Average in Italy only 13 months!) so cheers these guys that in their life time have seen more Parties being created, than the cars they own.
Something is strange in Italy, it is easier to create a Party from scratch than opening a new Business.
Latest ranking of Business opportunity in Italy has sunk to 53th, after Botswana Mongolia and Namibia?
Hail Cesar, good job well done, so good that they deserve to have another shut at steering the ship of Italy, although under another Party name!
Where have You gone Joe DiMaggio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! La la la

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | October 12, 2007 09:52 AM

!!!BRILLIANT..!!! Will do.

Posted by: Robert Goodey | October 12, 2007 09:50 AM

Sing, sing, sing to your herat's content. This is one of the inane cultural aspects of Italians I do not understand, seriousness. Italians think that in order to be someone you must be a serious person. Costanzo made this remark to "Patch Adams" when he was a guest on his show. Patch Adams replied that there are many studies/research that shows that humor and laughter can heal but, not one study that showsw any benifit to seriusness. This seriuosness is a syndrome I experience throughout the entire culture, in schools, in the work place, umongst doctors, in hospitals, and so on. It is quite morbid. Sing, sing a song, humm a tune, slap your knee. After all, isn't Italy one of the homelands of music?

Posted by: Vincent Lagana | October 12, 2007 09:49 AM

To the fine young lasses singing on the tram....go girls never let any one shout you down ,stand up for your rights as human beeings sing your own song and make your own music.........soar like eagles this is what separates you from the turkeys below you.
God bless

Posted by: karim strazzeri | October 12, 2007 04:16 AM

S.S...I Think that is better to hear "zingari" singing on the metro than to see them going to jail for stealing.
You know, some are a good musicians too...

Posted by: Oussama Omrane | October 12, 2007 03:04 AM

Dear Beppe,
This story reminds me "Te lo do' io il Brasile" when you were in a bus or tram I guess. You were explaining us how brazilians people, all together, can play music even with o box of matches...It was very very funny.
Un cordiale saluto da Tunisi.

Posted by: Oussama Omrane | October 12, 2007 12:58 AM

Its bad enough to hear the zingarri when they sing, basta!

Posted by: S. S. | October 12, 2007 12:45 AM

I think is great to sing on the metro, on buses and trains, and I don't understand why we tolerate people speaking loudly on their mobile everywhere. I would like to sing to them 'shut up, shut up, shut up!’ you are annoying me, could please sing a song instead?
One night coming back from work I was on the bus and the ticket collector start playing the harmonic, he gave something to smile to everyone and something to enjoy for free, doesn't happen everyday!
Bye and shall we all sing next time!!!!!

Posted by: PATRIZIA SOTTILE | October 11, 2007 11:01 PM

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