FEBRUARY 2: “UNA NOTTE SPECIALE” IN BOLOGNA

Translation by Davide Andreis 

11.50 AM
After the many kilometers driven to reach all concert venues, sunrises when leaving or returning home, today we are already here in Bologna. For once, the alarm clock doesn’t interfere with our dreams, the sunlight will wake us up, when the rested eyes will open up to the new day…
The weather is bad, it’s raining and it’s cold. Late morning, we leave for the mall to buy breakfast (okay, we should have lunch given the time…) and then we spend our time in and out of stores… We need to buy the necessary for our restoration, says Cris.
The writer (Flavio) is not really happy for this unexpected activity… but he grins and bears it, and assumes the role of Jiminy Cricket, to try to keep back the Compulsive Shopping Disorder that hits Cris. 😉
Back “home” we are going to prepare for the evening and later on rejoin with all our friends who, like us, with intimate joy, are looking forward to the beginning of it…

A live, loud and felt concert, partaken by all the public this evening. We, the ones of the “hardcore”, all are in the front row. Oh, yes, we’re in Bologna and Marina made no mistake and bought the whole front row.
The warmth of the Bolognese public is overwhelming. When such an harmony and such an exchange is created, the concert itself benefits in an exceptional way. Therefore Carla gives us another two hours of dream music and when the time of encores comes, as she says, she doesn’t even pretend to leave and, right away, sings “Messaggio” too, giving us the chance to melt our emotions in an unanimous and liberating chanting.
Then the curtain closes down, but not on the evening which will continue with joy until at least 2 am.
We are going to bed with a shared concern: if tomorrow (which would be today), it keeps on snowing like this, how do we get back home?

JANUARY 26: THE ADVENTOUROUS TRIP TO PESCARA

Translation by Davide Andreis 

12.00 PM
We leave for Pescara, as usual with delay… as usual my fault. Yes, because having completely forgotten that we’ll overnight in Pescara, even though for a few hours, I was ready to leave when I realized that I packed no clothing, no toothbrush and tothpaste… in short: no nothing… What a drawback, forgetting to pack my bags… I’m getting old…
Then a nice breakfast in Terni, where Silvia, Antonella and I, reach Flavio.

1:30 PM
We’ve been driving for one and a half hour to make a few kilometers. All paths indicated by the navigator system are closed, but she continues to say “go back when you can.”
We can’tttttttttttt!!
Do you understand it or not??
Finally it seems she understood and the journey continues, interspersed with small stops due to wrong roads again… Now maybe we’re doing good, and the the road signs seem to confirm it (TN: see the CANTALICE road sign picture).
It’s a beautiful sunny day and we are surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains.

5:54 PM
We are in the theater bar. Impossible to remain outside, it’s really cold! To tell the truth, this area gives me a great sense of desolation…
Every day marked by a concert is a special day, magical, wherever we are…
But this happens to only us; by looking out of the windows of this bar I see the usual life of a city, in a day like many others.

9:20 PM
The curtain rises on the stalls, where, unfortunately many red chairs are empty…
It’s a pity that an artist such as Carla doesn’t get the response she deserves in some cities. Yet she is very popular, but maybe there was no media bombardment that would give more visibility to the new cd and to its relative tour…
The warmth and participation, however, are not missing, neither tonight. Scattered throughout the stalls, we TOURists give our best, the empty spaces resonate with long applause, continuous cheers and silence is broken by the emotion which comes with the listening…
Carla’s voice enchants our hearts… one after the other, the songs that mark this tour push our souls into a dimension that hanging in the balance between being and non-being, like a tightrope walker maintains his balance by balancing its rod suspended in the air, so will we be led, step by step, through the magic tightrope between dream and reality…
We all wish that this dream wold never end, broken by the noise of our daily life, we’d like to spend all night listening to Carla, to see her move on stage with her usual grace, in complete harmony with the sounds and images…

We’d like to continue to live in this dream where emotions nearly hurt, the way they are strong…
But dreams do come true… or… or break… or, more simply, are interrupted with the arrival of daylight…
Thus the curtain closes this evening, too, leaving behind a trail of sensations that turn into strength, energy, life.
It is past midnight when, after having greeted Carla who hugged us all with great affection, we go eating at “Giazz and restaurant” a very nice and cozy place close to the theater.
The owner, a very kind guy, before the concert agreed to cook us something, despite it’s late…
So we find ourselves at a table in a room where the taste of the owners for the Arts in its various forms clearly shows. On the walls are some pictures of different artists, in the background some music contrasts with our laughters and emotions.
After a little appetizer, the owner brings us some great noodles “paglia e fieno”, freshly made by hand, seasoned with a delicious meat sauce, and for the two vegetarians of us, or pseudo-vegeterians :), a differente condiment, but just as good!
The food is accompanied by an excellent Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, a couple of dazing beers (right, Crissi?) And then, time for dessert… chocolate pralines with superlative chili, and a wonderful almond and green pistachio pie… So delicious that we ask for an encore!

We have to thank for the kindness, availability, and the care with which we were served this dinner, and we would like to think that soon this restaurant could become the place to meet after the shows taking place at the Teatro Massimo, perhaps in the company of various artists.

Bellinzona 21 aprile 2012 – L’armonia dei canti

21 aprile 2012 – Teatro Sociale Bellinzona

È un sabato… SI PUÒ FARE!!!

Foto di Silvia Carbone

Flavio ed io ci autoinvitiamo a casa di Silvia, in quel di Firenze, dove arriviamo il venerdì notte… Così ci risparmieremo l’inevitabile levataccia che ci avrebbe aspettato partendo da casa mia fino a Bellinzona.

La mattina dopo arriva in un secondo, è già ora di alzarsi e prepararsi a trascorrere un weekend fantastico!

Anche da Firenze il viaggio è piuttosto lunghetto, ma siamo in 4 e tra una risata e l’altra riusciamo ad essere a Bellinzona nel primo pomeriggio.

Al confine dobbiamo comprare il bollino autostradale, la cosiddetta “Vignette” che alla modica cifra di 40 franchi (circa 32 euro) ci consentirà di percorrere per tutto il 2012 qualsiasi tratto dell’autostrada svizzera… ecco, peccato però che questo sarà probabilmente l’unico viaggio che faremo qui… ma, vabbe’…

Ci raccomandano di attaccare bene la Vignette al vetro e vedo Silvia sforzarsi di far credere che stia effettivamente pigiando con forza la parte adesiva 🙂

Proseguiamo e tra splendide montagne arriviamo a destinazione.

La giornata è bellissima e assolata, abbiamo portato cappotti, piumini, cappelli, sciarpe, guanti (ci avevano detto che era freddo in questi giorni)… ma si scoppia letteralmente di caldo, almeno durante il giorno…

Dopo la sistemazione in albergo facciamo un giro di perlustrazione verso il centro e incontriamo presto i nostri “soliti” amici che come noi amano Carla…

Uno sguardo al Teatro, l’attesa, la voce di Carla che prova ci giunge da una porticina sul retro…

Mentre Flavio, Gianpaolo e Maurone si prendono un caffè in un baretto vicino (questo è il segnale)

Carla esce dopo aver finito e ci saluta tutti col suo sorriso dolcissimo…

Cerchiamo invano un posto dove mangiar qualcosa al volo, è sabato, ma a quanto pare alle 18,30 chiude tutto, anche i bar… solo qualche ristorante è aperto, ma non faremmo in tempo, quindi… digiuno pre concerto 😉

Intanto inizia a piovere ma è anche ora di entrare in Teatro. Siamo in un palchetto, il teatro è piccolo, si riempie presto delle tante persone giunte da ogni dove per assistere ad una serata che difficilmente dimenticheranno.

Finalmente si spengono le luci, l’emozione sale… Sul palco c’è Alberto Tafuri e poi entra Carla, con la sua grazia delicata, col suo sorriso coinvolgente, con la sua voce unica…

Propone il repertorio di Lungo la strada e, nei bis, una sorpresa… Messaggio, un brano che non cantava da anni. Un tuffo nel passato che viene accolto con grande entusiasmo da tutto il pubblico.

Tanti applausi, tanto calore e amore per un’Artista meravigliosa…

Dopo il concerto la incontriamo all’uscita dal camerino…

Concludiamo la serata in un ristorante dove troviamo anche lei, e lì si raduna una folla di fan in cerca di autografi e saluti…

La domenica mattina ci aspetta una bella giornata di sole, ancora un giro per Bellinzona, poi un salto a Lugano e via, verso casa…

Le foto del concerto

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli

Foto di Cristina Paesani

Foto di Flavio Francescangeli