21/365 – Italy – 365 Days of Music

So I’ve been away for the last 11 days on holiday in Italy with four of my best friends. We had a really wonderful time and I fell in love with the place, the culture, the food, and the people. It is truly a gorgeous place. I arrived back in London yesterday and I am, unfortunately, back at work – but also ready to fire up my blog project again. So what I thought I’d do for this first post in nearly 2 weeks is list a few of the songs that became our “Italy playlist” whilst we were on holiday. A couple of these are Italian songs. We listened to the RTL 102.5 radio station every day and these songs were never off.

Bastille – ‘Pompeii’ – For obvious reasons. We visited Pompeii on one of our last days and it was an incredible experience.

will.i.am & Britney Spears – ‘Scream & Shout’ – It was everywhere. I think on one day we must have heard it approximately 4 times. We particularly liked reciting “Britney, bitch” after numerous shots of limoncello.

Vasco Rossi – ‘L’Uomo PiĆ¹ Semplice’ – Oh my days. This song. Some 60+ Italian dude who my friends said reminded them of Bruce (no!!!!!!). He’s clearly on some comeback and we loved this song, including his chants of “GUITAR! GUITAR!” and his cringey Dad-dancing. When I got back to my house yesterday I asked my Italian housemate about him, to which she responded that she hated him and even though he’s a legendary artist in Italy, he’s also vilified for some of his personal life choices, including being a mad drug addict at some point.

Max Gazze – ‘Sotto Casa’ – We called this the “Madness song” because it sounded like Madness. Max looks like a pirate in the video and we had no idea what he was singing about, but we loved it all the same and my Italian housemate said everyone in Italy loves Max.

Lykke Li – ‘I Follow Rivers’ – We heard this amazing remix that I am STILL trying to find. It’s so good.

There are other songs but these are the ones that stick out for me. It was a great holiday and it’ll be bittersweet to hear any of these songs now I’m back home. That’s the great thing about music – you can hear a song at any given moment and it can transport you back to some of the best times of your life.