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Musica & Sagra/ Music & Feast 

     Autumn is officially here and the season begins for the Sagre. As my friend  Karen LaRosa of LaRosa Works  just mentioned in her photo-journal, “A Sagra is a festival that celebrates local food products and traditions. In Sicily they are ubiquitous, especially in the fall, when it is harvest time.” Just reading about Sicily and the Sagra got me to thinking…why not throw one?

 

    On October 19th at 7pm at the Music Room in NYC, I’ll be performing with my trio, Terra Sangue Mare. It will be our only…

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Warm thoughts, cold days... 

          Lately, my mornings have involved shoveling snow, throwing sand, spreading salt and commiserating  with the mailman over yet another  dire prediction made by  the tv-weathermen.  I have to wonder: how is it possible that a few short weeks ago, I was  in Sicily, where it was unseasonably warm for mid-November?  While I was visiting, Michele Termine from TeleRadioSciacca interviewed me at the Casa Planeta in Menfi.  Here is the interview which  took place in the midst of the installation, Discorsi…Read more

Music in Nature & Discorsi Dendros 

    If you listen, there is music everywhere. The most beautiful music comes from nature and when I am in Sicily, especially when I am walking among the olive trees  in  the mountains or through the pines along the ragged seacoast, my soul  becomes transfixed, ennobled and ever grateful at the sounds of the melodies and rhythms nature so freely composes.

 

    The nourishing connection to this natural music has been jeopardized not only by the clamor of modern life, but by the ravages of pollution.  …

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When a song wants to be heard, it will find its way to the world. 

 

 

 

 

    Like the wind or like a spirit, a song can be neither touched nor seen, but it can be heard and its presence felt.   Sometimes people have asked why I sing  the Sicilian songs I do.  I always tell them that it’s because these songs want to be heard.  It is as if they want to make their presence known. 

 

 

     In April of 2014, Fabio Turchetti came to visit NYC and brought with him a beautiful song, Navigando col Vento del Sud.  Written in Italian, it is a wish  for happiness for each…

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Intending 

    “Sometimes, you just have to put it out there and let the universe do the rest.”   Those words hung in the air a bit then and while my brain just couldn’t process them, my heart quickly absorbed them. I was listening to the counsel of my friend, film-maker Steven Robert McCurdy.  He had come to the East Coast to screen his film, ‘Postcards From Italy.’  Those of us who ventured out on that cold winter’s night were treated to Steve’s tender and heartfelt film homage to Southern Italy and her people.

 

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Random Thoughts on the Bus from Castelvetrano to Palermo: 

 


It's unbelievable how many people are trying to get the driver to deliver a backpack to a relative unknown to said driver ( To his credit, he refuses ).


Holy smokes! Did a bird just hit the windshield?!?


Is that really Bruce blasting over the radio? Singing 'Born in the USA'? I came to Sicily for this? Seriously?


If that 'All About the Bass' song comes on, I swear I'll strangle somebody...


Hasn't this chick's phone battery run out yet? She's been talking non stop since she got on the bus an hour ago.

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Random Thoughts from the Countryside 

 

Is there a limit to how many fresh prickly pears a person can eat in one sitting? Looks like am about to find out...


Instead if destroying the magic, watching the mechanics of pressing olive oil only renders the entire process even more miraculous.


How long after I take the clothes off the clothes-line will they still smell so fresh?


That's it! If one more Sicilian man tells me that gaining 5 or 10 kilos would actually be GOOD for me, I am packing it up and moving here forever.


Must remember that to a…

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Random Thoughts from Catania Fontanarossa Airport: 

 

 

Was worried about finding Terminal 1 - then realized: this whole airport IS Terminal 1.


Ahhhh... The Kabuki Theatre that is security check-in...


Continuing a tradition from my youth: enjoying a cappuccino and cornetto in the airport before my morning flight back to NYC. 
(In reality, it's a way to squeeze a few extra moments-in-Italy out of a trip.)


They keep us waiting in front of the Duty Free shops so we piss away our left over euros. Must.resist.urge.to. spend.


Did I really just buy a deluxe set…

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