As I said in my previous post, I'm going back to Florence, Italy, for the first time in 10 years.
The first city I lived in as an adult, and the city that arguably has held greater sway over my thoughts, my path, my desperate wishes, than any other (except, probably, New York).
Needless to say, my prep for the trip is anything but casual.
I'm warming up my Italian brain by immersing myself in Italian music, including this infectious song, which I can't get out of my head (see below).
Ever listen to Italian music? Italian pop music. Not Pavorotti.
It takes a while to cultivate a liking to it (unless you’re listening to Ilaria Graziano. Then you like the music subito).
And one big step toward liking it is to indulge your inner sentimentality (not hard for someone like me, whose favorite film is "It's A Wonderful Life.")
But once you fall in love with Italian music, well, be prepared for tears. Or at least, that's the effect it's had on me, probably because almost any Italian pop music transports me instantly back to the days I lived in Italy. Even music that wasn't on the radio in those days or sung in piazzas by friends strumming guitars.
Take a listen to "Non Ho Più La Mia Città," by Gerardina Trovato, who appeared at the Festival di San Remo back in 1993. She sings, "Ancora sto sognando..." I'm still dreaming. Me, too, Gerardina. Me, too.