Andra’ tutto bene playlist

It will all be okay

Here’s a collection of old songs amidst the outlandish regime rhetoric, following the guiding thread of the planetary catastrophe looming over this woeful 2020.

But there’s also room for humour, the caustic sovereignist humour of a tightrope walker like Rodolfo De Angelis: his Va fuori d’Italia, o prodotto stranier - which we like to think of as a mantra for the present day.

There are the bitter hits for the catchphrase of the moment: I’m staying at home (Questa sera… resto in casa..., a cheerful instrumental foxtrot; Casa sulitaria, with the incomparable voice of Roberto Murolo; Casa, with lyrics by the great Totò; A casa, a casa, a detour into melodrama, but this duet from "Cavalleria Rusticana" almost has foxtrot movements); the appointments on the balconies (Cantiamo le canzonette), it will all be okay (Tutto va bene madama la marchesa, a classic of international humour; Va bene, va bene, from the musical "La Piccola Cioccolataia").

Finally, the songs of hope (Andrà meglio domani, danceable with a noticeable accordion; Un filo di speranza, Speranza, and the anthem to the outdoor life, Voglio vivere così, which we all hope will be restored.

In exceptional cases like the current pandemic, the old motto "canta che ti passa – sing and you’ll get over it" might sound like a lack of respect. But, as the Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti wrote, it is still always true that music is the great consoler and we resort to it in order to be consoled.

C’era un ragazzo che come me amava i Beatles e i Rolling Stones
(Mauro Lusini-Franco Migliacci) – Gianni Morandi, 1966 The composer was Mauro Lu...
Una casa in cima al mondo
(Pino Donaggio-Vito Pallavicini) – Pino Donaggio, 1966 That too came out in the ...
(Lucio Dalla-Paola Pallottino) – Lucio Dalla, 1971 One day, at the beginning of ...
On the other hand I had the Delirium with Jesahel under my belt, a success beyon...
(Amedeo Minghi) – Amedeo Minghi, 1976 L’immenso really stems from the need to af...
Mogol e Bob Dylan
I translated Dylan’s lyrics. I had a contract that stipulated that Dylan c...
Nel sole
(Pino Massara, Vito Pallavicini) – Al Bano, 1967 At the end of April 1967 I reco...
Pensieri e parole
Pensieri e parole talks about a communication problem with a loved one. It is co...
Una lacrima sul viso
(Mogol-Bobby Solo) – Bobby Solo, 1964 They were a bit perplexed at Ricordi...