Cristicchi, peace is in the little things

“Have you ever looked inside yourself?” / Have you ever wondered what your deepest desire is? / The nostalgia that hides in you, What lives in you? / “. Three fundamental questions, unfortunately very topical, that Simone Cristicchi and Amara sing in their song The few things that matter presented yesterday in Recanati, at the Persiani Theater, on the occasion of “Musicultura”. First time performing live, though The few things that matter “Written with Amara, in the first phase of the quarantine, with that feeling of insecurity that has infected everyone,” explains Cristicchi, was the theme song and title of the broadcast of the same name that aired in October 2020 – in three episodes on Tv2000 -. Program in which the most spiritual of our songwriters took a “journey into the interior” together with Don Gigi Verdi of the Brotherhood of Romena. An “uninterrupted journey”, which then stopped in the pages of that precious chest of its reflections that it is Happy Next. The Pursuit of Happiness Theseus)

Maybe every singer looks for a bit of happiness in the music and then gives it to the listener. But does the new generation “Musicultura” still find happiness?

As a member of the jury, I can assure you that I always find great quality in the many proposals, and it is very difficult to select just three artists. However, the problem is also to guarantee everyone a future space. When I won “Musicultu-ra” in 2005, my song I would like to be Biagio Antonacci it was just the cry for help from a boy who couldn’t make his voice heard fully. Finding happiness in music and giving it depends solely on them, on the path they will take, on the uniqueness and recognizability of their creations.

From Recanati, Giacomo Leopardi’s homeland, it is natural to think of the close relationship between music and literature. As far as I’m concerned it’s essential. And also since 2005 I have found a way in writing to broaden my reflection, which I have discovered can go far beyond the lyrics of a song. Thanks to a Mondadori editor I met at the Giorgio Gaber Festival, I wrote my first book which was actually another travel journal, Mental health center. A storyteller among the crazy..

And even in that case it was the “extension” of a passage on mental illness, I’ll give you a pink.

My second album On the other side of the gate touched on the subject of insanity and mental health – with songs like Our Lady of the Navigli dedicated to Alda Merini who had the harsh experience of the shelter – then became a documentary with a song missing for the credits. So I wrote I’ll give you a rose who liked Pippo Baudo, who wanted it in Sanremo in the big section, and I won the festival.

Year of Grace 2007. From then on, much “theatre of historical memory”, with works that sound tragically contemporary, such as My grandfather died in the warRomans them in Russia e Exodus.

My first approach to history came from the beautiful relationship I had with my grandfather: a man with a very adventurous life and full of surprises. He had done the Russian Campaign, but he preferred not to talk about it, it was too much pain for him to remember. When he died I found the text of Elia Marcelli Romans them in Russia who told of the Turin Division that had left Rome, and that story in Roman dialect seemed to me to be my grandfather’s will. After reading it, I found the courage or the recklessness to become a monologizing narrator of a story that I think is a little bit of everyone’s concern.

History repeats itself, with invading Russians and Istrian refugees out Exodus who are now the Ukrainians fleeing the deportations and bombings planned by Putin.

It is a horrific daily scenario that makes me powerless against certain images and evokes strong feelings of guilt. These days I’ve often wondered: how can we keep going on stage and singing while pretending nothing happened? How can I tell the public about the? Paradise Dante (in the play Paradise – From darkness to light) and talk about spiritual heights, when children die in a real hell a stone’s throw from our home? But then I also think that continuing to sow beauty, giving emotions with music and words, can be an act of civic resistance, a counter-current gesture, like participating without warning in an evening for peace in Romena with Don Gigi Verdi.

One of his “seven words” to follow in the pursuit of happiness is the word “Change”. Word cultivated by the luthier and priest Guidalberto Bormolini, to whom it came through Franco Battiato.

I met Bormolini and I subscribe about it Happy Next in the Prato Monastery of San Leonardo where the group “Reconstructors of prayer” is located. Guidalberto teaches that we should “pray to keep the one you love alive” even when we Song of Songs he discovers that “death is as strong as love”. For this meeting and much more I will be eternally grateful to Franco Battiato, who in turn taught me that music goes beyond mere entertainment. Franco has written songs that are “prayers” and to unite us there is his beautiful The solution that binds to mine Take care of me. I’m working on a project about Franco, and I plan to introduce him soon…

The last word to look for happiness is “we” and with Amara she sings: “We are the meaning, the reason, the reason, the destiny, we are the doubt, the uncertainty, the truth, the consciousness, we we are everything and we are nothing … ».

Each of us can and must do something from our reality, especially at this historic moment. The African legend of the “hummingbird” tells us that even a small bird who carries that little lake water in its beak to put out the fire is aware of being useful, and in fact to the king, to the lion that wanting to belittle it, he proudly declares, “I do my part.” This is a time when flocks of hummingbirds and “curanderi” of souls are needed, such as the “lodolette”, the followers of Sister Maria di Campello who engraved on a stone in the path of peace: “No one will be able to take your joy to steal”. To find some peace, everyone is now starting to follow their own path.

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