The first time I came across Laura Pausini was back in 2005, when I was looking for Italian music on the now-defunct MSN Music website. I had already found my old favourite Piu Bella Cosa by Eros Ramazzotti and was exploring to see what else I could dig up. I remember doing a random search for Italian music and seeing a link for a then-recently released album called “Resta in ascolto”. Who knows, maybe I was just struck by the attractive brunette on the cover. 🙂 I listened to the single of the same name and was immediately sold. The beautiful, lyrical singles on that album have just stuck in my memories and are the soundtrack of that period in my life, when I was entering the final year of university and looking forward to starting my professional career. There are a lot of memories that those songs conjure up.
When my family was moving to Florence (which I talked about in my first post), we first flew from London Heathrow to Milan airport (I don’t know if it was Malpensa or Linate). We waited for our connecting flight in the departure lounge, which, as far as I remember, wasn’t all that busy. We were looking at the flight schedules, slightly puzzled, since we couldn’t see “Florence” coming up at all. Now, the next part is a bit hazy for me, but I think an American gentleman sitting nearby overheard us and explained that in fact we should be looking out for “Firenze”, which is the Italian name for Florence. Or perhaps it was my mother or father who explained it to the American.
This song was one of the entrants in the Festivalbar music competition back in 1996. I remember hearing it back then, when I was in Florence, and thinking what a great song it is. At the time, I couldn’t really tell the words apart (then again, it’s hard even with many songs in English!) and I didn’t know the name of the song or the singer. Terrible, I know. 😦 All I could remember, for many years, was this piece of the chorus going “Caminestraaai la LA la la LA.”
Now, this means nothing at all, so it wasn’t much use trying to search for the phrase on the web. However, I recently found a page in Italian Wikipedia listing all the entrants in Festivalbar ’96. After listening to a few of the songs on YouTube, I finally found it: ‘Grande’ by Paolo Vallesi. Oh, and the funny phrase I remembered was actually “Fra mille strade, stelle, e guai”. My 13-year old self had heard the ‘F’ as a ‘C’ and just stitched the entire sentence into one word!